With the funds received within this period and with support from Visible Impact, our girls have started training more young girls from their village in Khairanitar. Young girls of Khairanitar were really keen and eager to learn seeing their elder sisters excel in extracurricular areas.
During the festivities, the girls who were studying and working came back to their village. Hearing the interest expressed by other young girls, they decided to form a club to offer various classes and career counseling. The club is also partly supported by local community office. Our girls initiated the club activities during the festivities and decided to continue it online after getting back to the city. Some of them have stayed back to help families during the harvesting time also teaching the young girls in person during their leisure time.
We are proud that the small initiative which we started is somewhat creating a ripple effect and have started creating impacts on more lives. We will continue to support them in coming days and encourage on continuing this activity.
Our Sarathis who were recently trained on ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’ have started conducting workshops at their full fledge. The workshops are being conducted in different schools across Kathmandu valley among adolescents. They have been covering the topic from Anatomy to Physiology to social topics like Role of Men in menstruation.
With the received funds, we have been providing the transportation and lunch cost to our Sarathis who have been voluntarily contributing their time to work on this cause. The cost also covers the expenses of stationeries used during the workshops. It is because of the funds we receive, we’re being able to continue our activism, mobilize and empower the young people.
With this kind and continuous support, we are more motivated to work for the cause, raise awareness placing our youths as leaders.
As the cases of COVID have drastically decreased over the last few months, our girls have gradually moved back to their normal lives. After release of some restrictions by the government, girls who went to Khairanitar during that period of time came back to resume their studies and extra classes.
Shristi (name changed) says “I am so happy to be resuming my regular classes at college with my friends as I have always preferred in-person learning.” Rita (name changed) who joined the Beautician training with the help of seed grant received has finally completed her course and working at a beauty salon nearby where she resides. “As the restrictions have been uplifted, beauty salons have resumed its full services. I got my recent job through my trainer at the academy. I have been earning enough to cover my pocket expenses”.
Through the funds received, our girls are empowered to support themselves and their family to some extent. We’ll continue to the support our girls to the fullest and make this approach sustainable.
A lot has happened during the past years and months. With nationwide restrictions being uplifted slowly, our girls from Khursanitar slowly moved back to their normal schedules. From attending their academic classes to resuming their learning of extra-curricular activities, they continued their various learning sessions from the seed grant they received.
During the season of festivities in Nepal, all of them returned to their village to celebrate and spend their short holidays with their families. “As I had a 5 days holiday from my classes, I decided to return home with other girls as I was missing my family and my village”. After celebrating the festivities, they returned to Kathmandu to resume their daily life and classes.
However, there has been a spike up in cases again and some restrictions have been imposed inside the capital. “It used to stress us a lost before but now me and my girls are used to it. Our families back home are also sensitized on the pandemic situation and follow the necessary precautions as required”, sayd Riya (name changed).
With the ongoing situation, some have decided to go back to the village and help their families while the some of the girls have decided to stay here and continue with their classes until a complete lockdown gets imposed.
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.
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