Karani Community Development Centre (KCDC)

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Karani Community Development Centre (KCDC)

History and Key Successes of the Organisation

A Brief History of the Organisation

Karani Community Development Centre (KCDC) is a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) of Mugu district. KCDC’s area of work covers Mangri, Pulu, Kimri and Dolphu of Mugum Karmarong Rural Municipality. The Karan belt is the remotest and geographically the most difficult area, with high and low hills and mountains. The majority of the ethnic population Karmarong live there. It is located in the northern part of mid-west Nepal.

Being indigenous people in Mugu they have their own distinct languages, cultures, social and political institutions that are very different from those found in mainstream society. They are facing the same experiences of discrimination and marginalisation as other ethnic minorities however there are very important differences in terms of their rights and identity. It was primarily to address this identity issue that the organisation was set up by Karmarong Janajati youth leaders. The Organisation was formerly known as Karmarong Milan Kendra but changed its name to Karani Community Development Centre (KCDC) in 2008.

After beginning it’s partnership with UMN, KCDC has been addressing the needs and problems of people in the Karan Belt through education, health and livelihoods programmes. The Organisation has grown in size and is also able to access other resource providers. KCDC has its own strategic plan to address the long term needs of the people in the Karan Belt.

   Key Successes and Achievements of the Organisation:
  • 75 HHs have practiced kitchen gardening in Karan Belt;
  • 12 HHs have vaccinated their cattle to control parasites;
  • 10 child clubs have been established and are affiliated with the District Children Welfare Board;
  • They have raised awareness of medicinal herb planting and six households earned NRP 70,000 – 80,000 a year from their sales
  • 516 women have saved NRP 500 a month as members of Karmarong Agriculture Cooperative;
  • Community people were enabled to design a local level Development Plan and submitted it to the VDC council.

Organisational Strategic Information

DAO Reg. No.  133/2063
SWC Affiliation No.  20392/2063
PAN No.  302334243
VAT No.  302334243

Empowered, civilised and prosperous society.


Committed to bring changes in socio-economic development to the indigenous inhabitants of the Karnali zone, organising and empowering those involved in Government line agencies and NGOs.


To bring improvements to the livelihoods of peasants, women, children, and the illiterate community, through conducting different development and skill base programmes.

  • To ensure the rights of Karmarong, Karani Belt based Janajati;
  • To empower Karani Belt based Janajati to claim their rights and maintain their unique identity;
  • To increase access to resources, services, opportunities and decision making processes for all groups.
Core Values

Volunteer-ism; good governance; social inclusion; transparency; justice; preservation of culture.

Geographic Areas Covered

Mugu District and Karnali Zone with special focus on Mugum Karmarong Rural Municipality.

Target Beneficiaries

Women, children, Karmarong – Karani belt based Janajati.

Thematic Focus

Advocacy and Empowerment; Livelihoods.

Networks and Affiliations

Member and Staff Diversity

Current Partnership/Donors (maximum of three)

Phased Out Projects (maximum of three)

Organisational Growth

Contact Details

Gamgadhi, Mugu
087-460010         k.devepmentcenter@yahoo.com         www.umn.org.np/partners/kcdc

Sonam Torche Lama, Chairperson

Guru Syangyap Lama, Secretary
Purna Bdr. Rokaya, Vice Chairperson

Last Updated: September 2019

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