The 100% Project

by The Nepal Trust
The 100% Project
The 100% Project
The 100% Project
The 100% Project
The 100% Project
The 100% Project
The 100% Project
The 100% Project
Girls Awareness Class
Girls Awareness Class

Dear friends and supporters.

Phase 1 of this project has been successfully completed and 40 schools have received health and awareness training together with improved WASH facilities. Initial results indicate greatly improved school attendance particularly for girls and a much wider acceptance of menstruation and its perfectly natural part of growing up.

We are now ready to start Phase 2 which will work with 40 more schools but we need to secure funding first. Total funding required for this second phase £68000. If you can help we would be very grateful. Perhaps you know someone who might like to become part of this groundbreaking project and give a future to women and girls. Give them a future and something to look forward to!

The following is a case study of a young girl (name has been changed) from the poorest community in Nepal. This project has opened up a whole new world for her.

My name is Bina and I am 16 years old. I come from Galcot Municipality. My family has 5 members and we are from the Dalit community and are very poor people. I am the second child of my parents and I am a student in Class 9 in Kharuwa Secondary School in Baglung. My father is a peasant.

Before the project started our school had no proper toilets. There was no sanitary pit for disposal of used pads during the menstruation period. Due to there not being a sanitary pit in the school I always used to put the used pad in my school bag secretly and when I reached my home then I used to throw it into bush areas surrounding my home. This pattern was continued since when I studied in Class 6. Similarly, there was not a sufficient water supply to cleanse my hands after using the toilets as well as using the sanitary pads. I never went to water for a drink because the tap was inside the toilets. Due the strong, bad smell my colleagues did not use that water tap. At a critical time I had to use the tap to wash my hands and face but I had problems to open the water due to my small height. At that time I had no option and felt very humiliated and crying. Sometimes taller students used to help me to open the water.

Now we have maintained toilets with a good water supply in each cabin of toilets with connected sanitary pits to our girl's toilets. I started to throw the used pads in such sanitary pits and not putting inside my bag with my books. Similarly, I felt very happier to wash my hands and face after toilet as well as changing of the sanitary pads. DIRDC* gave support to our school to enhance the toilet upgrading/repair, improving the water supply and constructing the very impressive WASH basin fit according to the height of the students/teachers with the financial support from the Nepal Trust.

At last I am very much grateful  to DIRDC and the Nepal Trust for supporting our school in the areas related to the rural school girls. It is really supporting to the poor and disadvantaged Dalit like me. My goal is to complete higher education in the future

*Dhaulagiri Intergrated Rural Development Centre.

For girls like Bina your help and support is life-changing and has opened up a whole new world for her and her friends. She now sees a future. 

Thank you for your help and support and please spread the good news to all your friends and colleagues and encourage them to help too. Every little helps and encourages girls like Bina to be positive and think ahead.

Namaste.

Planning meeting Lahare School
Planning meeting Lahare School
New sanitary incinerator
New sanitary incinerator
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Students
Students

Dear Friends and Supporters

I am happy to report that, despite all the problems and delays created by the Covid pandemic, we have completed the first phase of this project. In a society where monthly menstruation is stigmatised girls do not get a full education and struggle to compete with their male counterparts. Many girls come from very poor homes and cannot afford the cost of sanitary products to make life easier.

The specific objectives of this project are:

  • Raise awareness among girls, boys, teachers, parents and school management committees of the difficulties faced by girls during their monthly menstrual period at school.
  • Build sanitary pad disposal ovens at schools.
  • Train and educate girls and women to prepare cheaper pads at a local level. 

The main activities successfully achieved includes the construction of incinerators at 40 secondary schools. In addition 25 schools had existing toilet and washing facilities repaired or upgraded and several schools had toilet facilities upgraded to make them more girl friendly. Children with physical and learning difficulties were also included in the upgrades. Altogether nearly 11000 children benefit from the improvements.

Vocational training was provided for 21 adult participants in tailoring and sanitary pad production.

Students and staff now have access to long-term sanitation/hygiene facilities in their schools and have obtained knowledge about girl hygiene and how to deal with the issues for a healthy trouble free life.

The next two phases of the project have now started and we would ask for your help to support this valuable and important project. On completion of the project we will have improved facilities in 120 secondary schools  and improved the lives of girls throughout the district of Baglung.

Many thanks for all the support you have given to reach this milestone and we would ask you to stay with us until final completion. Have you a friend that might also be interested?

With our best wihes.

Namaste

Happy student
Happy student
Awareness class
Awareness class
Tailoring training
Tailoring training
WASH facilities
WASH facilities
Incinerator
Incinerator
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New wash facilities

Dear Friends and Supporters.

I am happy to report that despite all the problems associated with the Covid pandemic good progress is being made particularly with improvements to toilets and washing facilities. During the last two months project staff have visited 25 schools in preparation for the work that will be required.

During this same period new water supply systems have been installed in 21 schools which will guarantee a fail safe supply of clean water. New upgraded toilet systems have been installed in 4 schools and a further 18 schools have had existing systems improved. Hand washing basins have been fitted in 20 schools and wheel chair ramps in 2 schools.

This demonstrates that good progress is being made in improving wash facilities and sanitation, but there is still much to do. The educational aspects of this project have still to be fully implemented but because schools have been closed for long periods little progress has been made. This element of the project is very important because it includes boys as well as girls and will help to breakdown the old beliefs that menstruation is unclean and a danger to society. We hope that by the next report we will be able to tell you that progress in this area is now being made.

For now we would like to thank you for all your support and help for this project. We still need your help. If you are able please speak to friends and colleagues about us  and ask them to help too. With our best regards.

Namaste.

Hand washing
Hand washing
Ready to go
Ready to go
New toilet block and water supply
New toilet block and water supply
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New washing facilities
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Awareness training - time for lunch.
Awareness training - time for lunch.

Dear Friends and Supporters - Due to Covid lock-downs progress is still a little slow but, nevertheless, is moving forward. Awareness programmes are delivered over four sessions and targets girls over the age of 10 years. So far awareness training has been delivered to 40 schools, 2640 girls and 396 teachers

Vocational training has suffered the most because schools have had to close under the lock-downs. However, it is hoped to open schools later in June and training in sanitary pad production can start. We must also acknowledge the affect Covid is having on project staff including the chairperson and his family who all came down with the disease. Other project staff have also suffered and had to quarantine on many occasions. 

It is worth remembering why this project is so important for girls to progress and lead normal lives on a par with their male counterparts. Monthly menstruation has always been considered unclean and a danger to the fragile purity and survival of the home. Girls are banished to an outside hut for the duration of their period and many suffer dangers and ill health as a result. The practice of chaupaddi is illegal but it is so ingrained in society that it is still widely practiced to protect the home from evil spirits and, for example, catostrophic crop failures.

The following report is from a middle aged village women who is now a leading supporter of this project and remembers the problems and difficulties of growing up as a young girl in a society that believed menstruation was unclean. 

SANITARY PITS IN SCHOOLS: GREAT WORK FOR THE FUTURE OF GIRLS

My name is Laxmi. I am 45 years old. I come from Baglung Municipality-3, Guthi, Baglung, Gandaki Province of Nepal. I am public representative of Baglung Muncipality with Chairperson of ward no 3. Under my ward office, there are 5 public schools in which 4 schools are secondary

When I got opportunities for joint project monitoring of the Schools Girls Hygiene Project (SGHP) organized by DIRDC with support of NDF/Nepal Trust/ Wilde Ganzen/ Stichting Nepal, I saw the sanitary pits made under the SGHP in all secondary schools of Baglung and Galkot Municipality. I became really happier with flashing back to the difficulties I faced when I was a student. Usually, I used to drop 5 days per month from my school due to my menstruation. During my first menstruation, I had dropped school for 22 days. That resulted me to lose my competency comparing with classmate boys. My exam marks started to slightly reduce in each year.

In our schools girls do not attend school when they have their period, because of the shame, worry, and embarrassment of students finding out they have their period or of blood leaking onto their clothes. Affording sanitary pads can be difficult for girls in remote villages of our country, so using old cloths or other materials such as newspaper or leaves are used as an absorbent. When a girl misses school because of her period, she risks falling behind in her studies, having to then catch up on the material she missed when she returns to home. When they are missing school they can fall behind their peers, which may cause them to lose interest and drop out of school.

After the joint project monitoring, I have started on behalf of Baglung Municipality to distribute the 8 sanitary pads to every girl (if aged of menstruation) per month within the schools located in my ward no 3 of Baglung Municipality. I am committed to support schools to sustainable operation of sanitary pits (including maintenance) and supply of sanitary pads to the girls. Similarly, I would like to thank all including school management committee, DIRDC, NDF, Nepal Trust Uk, Wilde Ganzen and Stichting Nepal Netherland for valuable support for the needy areas of girls education that supports quality education of the girls.

It is very sobering to compare the lives of young Nepali girls who suffer in many ways from a perfectly natural body function that we, in the West, all treat as perfectly normal. Thank you for your help and support to ensure this project can deliver freedom and justice to the women of Nepal. We are well on the way to make this happen in Baglung and we hope you will stay with us to the end. Please tell your friends about this urgent need and how it can change the lives of over 50% of the population.

Namaste

Focussed!
Focussed!
Sanitation Pit nearly finished.
Sanitation Pit nearly finished.
Awareness training
Awareness training
Awareness (2)
Awareness (2)
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Ready to go!
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School Meeting, BIhyamandir
School Meeting, BIhyamandir

Dear Friends and Supporters

My apologies for a brief report on this occasion but the Covid lockdown continues and obtaining information can be difficult. However, I can report that progress is being made on the construction side and new sanitation pits and disposal units are being constructed in an increasing number of schools throughout the district. An appeal is out to attract candidates to train as plumbers to speed up the construction phase.

Our implementation partner Dhaulagiri Integrated Rural Development Centre (DIRDC) ensures that procedures meet national standards and all beneficiaries fully understand the benefits of this project. They have arranged two district level meetings to explain the need for such a project and its implications. Over 37 school meetings have been completed that will fully inform school staff about their role in the delivery of this important form of education.

Unfortunately, because of school closures it is not yet possible to conduct school education for girls and boys until the lockdown ends. We hope this changes soon. This is an extremely important element of the whole project to change ancient beliefs and mindsetts that have persisted for thousands of years. When your whole future is threatened by these beliefs it is difficult to risk change.

We are all living in a very difficult time and many have suffered unbelievable loss and worry, but we would like to thank you for your support and encouragement to get us where we are now. Please continue to help if you can and ask your friends and colleagues to consider supporting us too. Every little helps.

Namaste  

Sanitary Pit near completion
Sanitary Pit near completion
Sanitary Pit complete
Sanitary Pit complete
Sanitary Pit
Sanitary Pit
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