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Girls: Better after quake

by Visible Impact
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Working Together
Working Together

The season of Monsoon has come to an end in the village of Kharanitar. It is preparing for the big festival of Dashain with the girls finally getting a long holiday. Some of them have exams in their doorsteps while others are getting ready for the holiday.

Few of the girls are planning to utilize the seed grant to take tuition classes by coming to the capital city. As they move into higher grades they are struggling with subjects like English and Mathematics so are still taking up tuition classes. Few of the girls have bought encyclopedias and books on interesting world facts. They have been meeting up monthly to discuss on issues concerning their schools, their families and have also been playing games and quizzes in each of the meetings. One of the girls shared “ We feel like we have each other as support . We have developed a bonding through the program so I can share my feelings and my struggles with these girls.” Apart from aiding their studies the grant is also used up by some of the girls to still continue their driving lessons. Two others are inspired to take the driving lessons in the holidays.

Learning from each other and inspiring each other the girls are continuing and moving forward in their life. To witness the changes in their lives each day has been an amazing opportunity for Visible Impact as an organization and we are grateful to Global Giving for being able to make this difference.

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Big dreams in those small eyes
Big dreams in those small eyes

Pursuing her higher secondary education by majoring in English, Amisha  is a 16 years old girl of Kharanitar village with high hopes of becoming a teacher someday. Her transformation in the journey has been beautiful for us as well as the whole community to witness. She barely used to talk to us when she initially joined the program . A shy young girl with so much passion and drive within but was reluctant to open up.

The dreams and aspirations of young girls are always placed second in a patriarchal society like ours. When Amisha wanted to pursue her dream to become a teacher someday she struggled initially to convince her family. She had completed her studies upto grade 10 in a Nepali medium school. So, when she decided to become an English teacher she was rebelling against the notion of how a government school student wanted to learn English.

The program has been helping her in this journey. Her struggles with the language were seen evidently during the initial phase of her studies so she thought of seeking help through tuition classes. She has been using the grant money to take up tuition classes on English Grammar with which she struggled initially.

Besides tuition classes she has also purchased dictionaries, story books in English which has helped her better her journey academically. “ I was completely sure I wanted to become an English teacher, but when I was struggling in the classes I wanted to quit and give up but with the help of the tuition classes I have started performing better today and I still see myself being a good teacher in the future.”Amisha now shares.

The economic burden of education still persists in the houses of Kharanitar village. The decisions of the parents to let their children especially girls study after grade 10 is appreciative where young girls are married off after the completion of grade 10. With the additional economic burden of tuition classes the dream of Amisha would have been in jeopardy. The seed grant has come to a huge support in this regard where she is able to pursue her dreams without exerting any other financial burden in her family.

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A step closer to the dreams.
A step closer to the dreams.

A journey of empowerment with the girls of Kharanitar village has come to an end. The Earthquake of 2015 coupled with international migration and various societal factors led to a situation for the girls of Kharanitarhar to take up the leadership in their communities. The program served as a mentor to guide their journey and unleash and develop their leadership capacity.

Through workshops, seed grants, safe space meetings and community engagements we set ahead to provide wings to the dreams of the girls of Kharanitar village. In this journey of 9 months, the girls have used up the grant money to learn different skills and also to get the help they require in their academics. Few of the girls used the money to enroll themselves in Maths and English tuition classes.

Amesha Lamichhane - I am going to be an English teacher in the future. This program has helped me realize my dream to be able to share my knowledge with others.

Two of the girls took up computer and science lab classes. Some of them used the money to take music classes.

Dristi Tamang- I can now strike a few cords in the guitar. This has helped me pursue my passion of music.

Besides these, two of the girls used the money to take up driving lessons.

Dikshya Mishra–I feel highly delighted to have been one of the girls of the program. This program has helped at a time when I wanted to learn Scooter and I couldn’t ask my parents for support as they were rebuilding our houses.

Two girls who are in the journey to become engineers are ready to give their exams this April.

Santoshi Uprety-My dream of becoming a future engineer has taken shape now. I want to able to construct roads and houses and make my parents proud someday.

Along with the seed grants, the space meetings and the community engagements of the girls helped create a platform for girls to strengthen their friendship as well as be a part of the community events by taking the leadership themselves. As of now, they are filled with enthusiasm, zeal and passion to continue the steps they have taken. Now, they even have the support from their own family and community.

This journey of transformation couldn’t have been possible without the support of GlobalGiving. The grant support, the learning opportunities for the organization has helped our mission to bring the changes in the lives of young girls. Though the journey has come to an end, the dreams of the girls have turned into a reality and now they are chasing their dreams and flying high..high...and higher!!

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Discussion on the steps further
Discussion on the steps further

Journey ahead...the adventure the journey beholds!!

It’s been three years since the massive Earthquake of 2015. The girls are still on a journey to take control of their life. With new dreams and newer aspirations the girls are now embarking on  their own journey. Burdened by financial and social responsibilities the girls were afraid to dream and have aspirations however now with the seed grants that have been provided their journey has been easier and smoother.

The girls with SLC in their doorsteps have been using the funds for taking tuition classes. The subjects they require additional help in -Mathematics and Science are the ones they have been taking up in their tuition classes. Besides the help in their academics the girls have also utilized the fund jointly to buy story books, novels, and encyclopedia and quiz books. They have started sharing their knowledge with each other. In each of the space meetings they conduct they have been sharing what they’ve learnt as well as exchange their books and learn different things. This has expanded their knowledge beyond academics and they now know things of and around the world.

The four girls have been continuing their Science Lab classes. They are still learning new things in lab classes like making different gases, testing the acidic and basic nature of chemicals. They were also excited to learn about animal and plant cells. The girls who have been taking up the computer classes are also on a journey to discover more about technology. Learning to make presentations and use of clip arts and animations in power point fascinated them the most. They were happily sharing their experiences of how one could rotate or make a word jump using the animations. They were excited to learn more and explore new stuffs.

With the dream of pursuing engineering, two of the girls are still taking up lessons on the Engineering software and are excited that the classes have been useful for them and they have been exploring and learning different things from it.

The dreams of these girls are still in the budding stage. It’s been exciting to see the girls’ passion in the field of STEM as well as their dedication and determination. They still have a long way to go. The support provided has started showing a positive impact on the lives of the girls. We want to be able to contribute more on their steps further; therefore we will require your continuous support on this. We will keep updating on their journey and till then keep supporting us!!

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Together We Smile
Together We Smile

The earthquake not only shattered the houses of the girls in Kharanitar but also many of their dreams. The financial priorities of their families had shifted to rebuilding their houses from saving for their dreams. Being a patriarchal society, it was the dreams of the girls that were placed on the chopping board. The girls always questioned us on will we able to help them by supporting them in their activities? We could not do so before but now with the funds, we are able to help set wings to the dreams of the girls. To help the girls step one step closer to their dreams, we provided the girls with a seed grant. The seed grant will support the girls to enroll themselves in creative classes such as music classes, computer classes and science laboratory classes.

Kharanitar is a rural village where much of the technological advances are yet to penetrate the village. The girls there showed a strong desire to learn about technology. However financial constraints had prevented them from doing so. Through the seed grant, three of the girls were able to enroll themselves in computer classes offered by their school and different learning centers. Here they learnt about basic typing skills, Microsoft Office Package and basic computer skills. The girls felt that this skill would come in handy when they are exploring professional jobs in the future.                                                                                               

Four of the girls had enrolled themselves in science laboratory class where they explored the wonders of science. They had learnt to prepare hydrogen gas, measure volume and mass of irregular objects and also learnt about friction and gravity. The girls were excited to share their learning experience with their friends. Few of the girls had taken up tutoring classes to pass their final examination of 10th grade. They couldn’t afford tutoring classes but knew that they would not be able to clear the exams without extra help. Not being able to finish 10th grade would have put many limitations on their future too. The girls utilized the seed grant to get the extra help they needed to complete their education.

 Two of the girls are pursuing their dreams to become civil engineers. They are utilizing the seed grant to learn about engineering software which isn’t offered in their course. This will help them to become a professional in their field.

We are excited that these girls are chasing their dreams, the dreams that were once buried among other things. We hope to enable the girls to do more for themselves and contribute to their community. In a few months, we will update you regarding how far the girls have come by utilizing their seed grant. Till then, please keep helping in making dreams come true.

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Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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Twitter: @Vis_Im
Project Leader:
Medha Sharma
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Nepal

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