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.
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.
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