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Dristi
kehpca_logoDristi Nepal promotes and supports women who use drugs in Nepal with services for women. The organisation is run by women who have past experiences with drugs and Dristi is dedicated to reducing the harms associated with drug use through advocacy, treatment, and support to current female drug users.


Introduction

Dristi Nepal was founded in 2006, by and for women who use drugs – the first female, peer-led project of this kind. It was established to address the many issues facing women, including HIV prevention, and to ensure gender-sensitive services. Dristi is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Kathmandu. The work of Dristi Nepal is supported and funded through different sources and international donors. Initially, Dristi was financed through family, friends and volunteers and by organising community events and accepting in kind donations of office and project equipment. The organisation believes in participation as an absolute tool that the communities and institution need to fight stigma and discrimination against drug users and people living with HIV. It is a “safe space” for women who have used and/or using drugs regardless of their social, political, cultural, religious, economical, sexual and/or health status. Dristi Nepal works to create a community where female drug users can live with quality and dignity by fulfilling their basic needs.

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Successes

Profile in Brief
Organisation
Dristi Nepal
Region
Kathmandu, Bagmati
Field of Work
Prevention among and by people who use drugs
Advocating for abolishing punitive laws, discrimination and harmful practices around HIV transmission.
Populations Served
Sex workers
Transgender populations
Drug users
Founded
2006
Staff
12 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff.
  • The inclusion and involvement in the National Investment Plan /National strategy Plan was one of the successes not only for organisation but also the whole community. The involvement and advocacy was developed at the national level.
  • “Happy Home of Dristi Nepal” has been one of the key activities to make women economically independent. Dristi has provided trainings to 32 women to date. These women are the heroes behind the scenes who make “Happy Home” the dream project that it is. Their stories have been showcased in various national and international events.
  • Dristi Nepal has been able to successfully get individual donors to support the education of children of women who use drugs and who are also living with HIV. Dristi is currently supporting seven children in the Kathmandu & Dharan regional office.

Contact

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Address: Kholagal Marga, Lazimpat
Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal 44600
Tel: 97714430312