Domestic abuse in Nepal is rampant. The leading cause of death among women of childbearing age is suicide. Widows are tossed out and branded as witches. Victims of the sex trade are shunned by families. These women have no where to go. They are skilled farmers, they can support themselves and feed their children if they have a little land. Our farm cooperative will provide them with shelter and place to grow food. That's the essential needs, without which they will stay trapped in abuse.
10,000 Nepali girls are trafficked into South Asian brothels every year. They will not be taken back by their families. 1000 workers leave Nepal daily, many of them women, for work overseas. Frequently underpaid and sexually abuse by their employers, their families refuse to let them come home and so they are alone, and with no means of support. Often they turn to the sex industry in Nepal for work in order to survive. They work massage parlors and "cabin bars" as they have no other options.
These women are skilled farmers, they can support themselves and feed their children if they have a little land. Our farm cooperative will provide them with shelter and place to grow food. That's the essential needs, without which they will stay trapped in abuse. This project is sustainable in one year.
We've purchased two plots of land in the village of Mankhu and are moving women in now. We need to construct much more housing however as we can't meet the demands for occupancy on this farm.
The current scope is large enough for 30 women and their children. That's what the land we have can support. There's no reason not to take this to scale and establish hundreds of women's cooperative farms where women and their children can work, grow their own food and live independently. There's enough welfare in Nepal, we aren't into welfare. This is a hand up, not a hand out. It's not marginal handicraft work that really isn't dependable either. The women of Nepal are resourceful farmers.
Studies on the status of Nepalese women have revealed that they not only play a major role in agriculture, but constitute the "backbone" of Nepali agriculture. (Axin,1977) - Axin, 1977, technical paper, Technical paper
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,890
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $23,110
Total Funding Goal: $25,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).