Girls: Better after quake

by Visible Impact
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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
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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Girls say "Together We Can"!
Girls say "Together We Can"!

The aftermath of the earthquake can still be felt in the air of Kharanitar as most of the families try to rebuild their lives from scratch. The adolescent girls, who are the most vulnerable band of population during disaster, have made the most compromises - discontinuation of schools, added daily chores, lack of toilet facility to manage menstruation, breaching of privacy, early marriage trafficking etc.

In the past two years, the adolescent girls of Kharanitar have been unleashing as social champions under the mentorship provided by Visible Impact. This has enabled them to achieve great results in their personal lives, family and community. But, something was missing. The girls at several times kept mentioning that they feel insecure and anxious about their life. We understood right away, what is needed to complete that pie of their life.

We provided our adolescent girls with a fun filled, interactive workshop about mental health - how to identify them, importance of understanding them, identifying if their kiths and kins are looking for psychosocial support, and who to approach in case of support required. Due to taboo, mental health is overlooked most of the time, but are imperial especially in disaster settings. With this program, we emphasized on enabling girls to be able to talk about mental health with their peers and families and help comfort people. The girls at the end of the workshop shared, "We thought insanity is the only mental problem and discriminated them, but never realized there could be other forms of psychosocial support. This workshop is going to be embedded in our life for a long long time. We feel enlightened!"

With the fund from Global Giving, we are going to do more! We will provide the girls with seed grants so that they can conduct creative activities to bust their stress. The girls have expressed desire to read books, enroll in dance classes, computer classes, music classes, science laboratory classes, taekwondo etc.

We are excited that these girls have received this platform to discuss and alleviate their psychosocial problems. In a few months, we will update you regarding how the seed grants is serving the girls. Till then, please keep supporting us!

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Did we tell you all that we just recently received funding from GlobalGiving to add psychosocial support component to our Girls: Better after quake program? What that means is that along with providing leadership support to our earthquake affected girls, we will now be providing them peer support and training on psychosocial support throughout the next year, and provide them with seed fund for entrepreneursip!! I hope you are as excited and happy as we are. 

Also, the girls are continuing  to receive leadership support, participating in safe space meeting through social mobilizers, enhancing their communication skills and discussing possibilities with their community leaders. Next month they have a special session with their local government, where they will discuss the challenges they are facing to becoming social champions. You should definitely stay tuned with us to hear more about that from us. 

Like you can guess, the path to achieveing this is not easy. Working with adolescent girls, we have to be mindful of their expectations, have sessions keeping in mind their classes, work with their gate keepers, and show them the impact on their lives so that the community can witness them. 

Thanks for your support that we have been able to make this difference for them, and we hope to receive continued support from you!

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Visible Impact is proud to share that with your generous support, we have been able to improve the lives of so many earthquake-affected girls in Nuwakot of Nepal.

Visible Impact believes in beneficiary partnered innovation and keeps the girls development at the core of its programs. As such, our workshop models are girlsful, full of fun and hands on skills, so that the girls enjoy what they are learning, retain them and utilize them as important life skills. For eg: Last few months, we have done workshops on public speaking and advocacy with them. At the end of the workshop, the girls were able to identify the advocacy needs in their community, and enthusiastically participate in them

How beautiful it is when the adolescent girls can demand for improved girls development program and more resource allocation from the local Government for their village, that is exactly what we want to achieve and we are quite near. We are hopeful because this year we had 12 more girls joining the circle, new local partners and renewed collaboration with the local authorities.

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Bigger and better
Bigger and better

Last year, with your support we were able to deliver leadership mentorship to 15 girls of Kharanitar village of Nepal, which was damaged by earthquake. 

This year, nine girls among them have become community leaders and will lead a new cohort of another nine girls added to the family. We are not only getting bigger but also better because this year has more tailored approaches of mentorship, more frequent sessions with the girls, a new social mobilizer on board with experiene of working in the community, additional girls centered programs and much more. The girls who once felt secluded after earthquake now have a strong safety net. Infact, they have started advocating with the local government for girls centerd funds in the community. 

We are looking forward to another great year with these girls and hope you will be with us this year too. 

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Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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Medha Sharma
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Nepal
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