Sing B. Moktan

Founder and director

„To educate a girl, means to educate a mother,
to educate a mother means to educate a family,
to educate a family means to educate society,
to educate society means to educate a nation“
Singh B. Moktan

Mr and Ms Moktan
Mr Singh B. Moktan was born in Biratnagar, eastern Nepal, to a middle class family. He is an ex-police officer who retired from the police force in 1985 to help underprivileged children. After retirement he immediately became involved in social work, especially in the field of children and women. He worked in several non-governmental organisations and focused on the improvement of the situation of girls and women, especially those who were discriminated by society, those in prison, for example. When he was working for Children at Risk, a Danish-supported non-governmental organisation, he found that many of the children and women were directly discriminated and destitute as a result of social stigma. He considered himself responsible if he did not work for them. Therefore, in 1997, he founded the Parizat Nestling Home with the support and help as well as the financial support of his entire family.

He decided that children in prison with their parents are the most vulnerable because they are living in insupportable conditions with adult criminals and are suffering psychologically and physically. So he started to work with girls in prisons, and others who are at risk due to family displacement and poverty.

His program is based on the idea that if the girls are given social, formal, moral and creative education, they can be independent and can stand on their own two feet to fight against social discrimination.

Moreover, if they could have education and vocational training, their economical status would improve, so they could then support their own children by providing better education. In this way, an improved economical status would be secured at a basic level. Mr Moktan strongly believes that all children have great potential and should all be given equal opportunities, no matter where they come from. When they are given the chance to reach their potential, this results in direct social and economical improvement and will gradually help to reduce poverty levels.