After the nation-wide lockdown of around 3 months, daily life all over Nepal slowly started getting back to normal. The restrictions are also gradually being uplifted. Different institutions including colleges have resumed implementing proper safety measures. People have resumed their daily work schedules as well.
Daily lives of girls in Khairanitar are also slowly getting normalized. Most of them have returned to Kathmandu to resume their academic and extracurricular classes. Roniya (name changed) shared, “We were happy to be back home and spend quality time with friends and family members. But as things are starting to get normal, we have returned to Kathmandu to continue our studies and classes”.
Somina (name changed) shared, “I joined guitar classes just before the lockdown. Due to the imposed restrictions, I had to discontinue it. Since everything’s slowly opening, I have resumed my guitar classes and enjoying it more than ever.” Shristi (name changed) who joined extra classes for Computer has been continuing her classes as well. Aashma who recently completed her high school says, “I always wanted to develop some technical skills. With the seed money I received, I have joined a 3 months Diploma course for Beautician”.
Despite the challenges faced during the second wave lockdown, they are gradually resuming their normal lives and continuing their academic and extracurricular classes. Even though the girls are busy with their daily schedules now, they make time to catch up and keep in constant touch with one another through social media. They also plan on returning to Khairanitar during the festive holidays.
As the second wave of COVID-19 hits Nepal, lockdown has been imposed in different parts of the nation. The capital city imposed restrictions from the end of April. It led to complete restrictions in movements, closure of educational and other institutions and everyone staying home.
The government had issued a prior notice on probable restrictions to be imposed due to soar in Covid-19 cases, our girls returned to Khairanitar to stay home with their families in these unprecedented times. This time around, many people in the village already had a good knowledge on what the disease is and how we can prevent and manage it. However, myths and rumors on the disease were still prevalent.
Kumari (name changed) shared, “Me and my friends learnt a lot about COVID-19, its symptoms, prevention and management while staying in Kathmandu.” On this Shreeya (name changed) added “Also, we gained information about new variants and how serious one’s condition can get if proper care is not received on time. My neighbor in the city shared, it is important we seek medical care immediately to prevent such conditions”. Our girls took initiative to provide correct and valid information to their families and their communities and connect needy with local health facilities for proper management of cases.
“The cases keep on rising every day. We had just resumed our schools and colleges but due the lockdown, our studies will get really delayed. I am really worried about my studies.” Shrijana (name changed) shared. The girls had been attending their academic and extra-curricular classes regularly but are now worried about its continuation.
The challenges due to the pandemic still prevail, but the girls haven’t lost their hope. They continue to support their families and their communities and stay in touch with each other. “We have survived this before and we will survive it again. I know better times are ahead”, shares Sita.
After the nation-wide lockdown of around 6 months, daily life all over Nepal is slowly getting back to normal. The restrictions are also gradually being uplifted. Schools and colleges have resumed their classes implementing proper safety measures. People have resumed their daily work schedules.
Daily lives of girls in Khairanitar are also slowly getting normalized. With safety measures, they have started attending their regular classes in schools and colleges. Shreeya (name changed) who is currently studying in Grade 12 in Kathmandu shared, “Meeting friends and traveling after months was really fun. Even interacting with teachers and attending lectures is interesting after staying at home for months”.
With almost all the institutions and offices reopening, our girls are planning to join and are engaged in various extra courses with their seed money. Sharmila (name changed), who always had an interest in music shared, “I joined guitar classes and have been really enjoying it. I attend the guitar class after school 3 days a week and on Saturday.” Shristi (name changed) always wanted to pursue her career in Computer Science. She shared, “I have joined extra classes for Computer. They teach about graphics and coding. The course duration is for 2 months and I have been a regular student”.
Despite the challenges faced during the lockdown, they are gradually resuming their normal lives and utilizing leisure time to learn more about something they are interested in. Even though the girls are busy with their daily schedules, they make time to meet, catch up and keep constant touch with one another through social media.
Nepal went into lockdown on March 24, 2020 to halt the spread of the COVID-19. The nationwide lockdown led to complete restrictions in movements, closure of educational institutions and everyone staying home.
Our girls shared that they felt anxious during the initial days of the lockdown considering the uncertainity of the situation.Less was known about the disease with many rumors and myths spreading in the villages of Kharanitar. The girls took up the roles of informing about the disease in their families and in their communities. Sharmila( name changed) shares" I quite didnt know about the disease but being the one who could use internet in the phone I googled and looked up information on COVID-19. I think I was able to teach about the correct steps of handwashing to my family members."
Kharanitar like many villages of Nepal has only children and women living there. Men often travel to the capital or the gulf countries looking for jobs. Many migrant workers returned home during the lockdown as they feared their safety in the capital.
Shristi ( name changed) shares" My father used to come home only on Dashain( a major festival in Nepal) but the lockdown gave us more time with him." Though they were enjoying the lockdown initially but now they are worried about their education. The private institutions have started online classes but majority of them are enrolled in government institutions and some even studying in Kathmandu which has completely stopped any form of learning since the lockdown.
Brinda ( Name Changesd) shares- I am worried about my studies and my future.A year delay in my studies will have a large impact in the future I have dreamt of."
A lot of challenges lie ahead in the lives of the girls as the cases have been soaring up everyday. However, collectively they have been keeping touch and providing support to one another. Though, they are not able to meet eachother everyday but have been constantly checking up on eachother through the use of social media.
Confident, courageous, and outgoing - these words are barely enough to describe this 15-year-old girl, Aditi Mishra (name changed). Bright in her studies and an enthusiast about extracurricular activities, she has established herself as a young leader in her community. Currently, in her 10th grade, she is a girl with passion and a mission for her future. She has been utilizing the grant money to take science lab classes.
“Science is my passion, and I aim to become a scientist. With this program, I learned how to measure the volume of irregular objects, made different kinds of gases. This was my first experience in a lab class and it helped me learn the subject more practically”. Apart from the science lab classes, she also took scooter driving lessons. “I know how to ride a scooter, thanks to the program.” She describes this as her step towards independence. She also actively takes part in different school-related activities by participating in debates, speech competitions and also as an emcee in school programs. The financial burden of these classes is being covered through the seed grant money.
The program has been helping to provide wings to the dreams of Aditi. The things she wished to do would not have been a reality if not for the financial support from the program. Please keep supporting us so that we create changes in the life of these young girls.
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