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Community resilience in Nepal

by BRAC USA
Community resilience in Nepal
Feb 5, 2019

Turning on lights in Nepal

Photo: BRAC / Emily Coppel
Photo: BRAC / Emily Coppel

Nearly four years on from the 2015 earthquake, Nepalis across the country are still feeling its impacts—particularly girls.

In the wake of the disaster, many families were strained by financial pressure. Furthermore, instability led to a heightened risk of sexual violence. As a result, Nepal witnessed an uptake in child marriage following the earthquake, as some families married off their daughters in an effort to protect them and reduce their economic burden.

However, in many cases, early marriage has had the opposite effect on girls, leaving them further socially and economically marginalized.

Together, we are working to counteract this trend by creating opportunities for girls at risk of and affected by child marriage.

Through our girls’ empowerment clubs, Nepalese girls are learning about gender justice, sexual and reproductive health, life skills, and financial literacy.

And, through practical, livelihoods-based education, these girls are also gaining employable skills that provide pathways to sustainable livelihoods and reduce the economic pressure that often drives families to child marriage in the first place.

In a new partnership with Signify Foundation, girls in our empowerment clubs now have the opportunity to participate in training in lighting and electrical services, and eventually, graduate into sustainable livelihoods as lighting technicians.

Driven by the demand for quality lighting products and services in the communities surrounding Kathmandu and Kavre, the program provides income-generating opportunities for girls while also creating access to quality lighting services in rural, earthquake-affected communities.

This holistic approach supports both girls and their communities. Equipped with an income-generating skill, girls can invest in their own futures while providing a valuable service to their communities.

Currently, 20 girls are attending our first lighting technician training. We plan to train at least 100 girls as certified lighting and electrical technicians.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support. By empowering girls with sustainable livelihoods that increase their economic and social independence, we can help break the cycle of child marriage.

Photo: BRAC / Emily Coppel
Photo: BRAC / Emily Coppel

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BRAC USA

Location: New York, NY - USA
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New York, NY United States

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