Widowhood in Nepal

by Bahini Educare Foundation
Widowhood in Nepal


Women in traditional Hindu culture marry in to their husbands' families and live in their husbands' multigenerational homes. This set up provides security as long as a woman stays within it. But if a husband is dying young, the wife will be blamed for the untimely demise of her husband and she will remain stigmatized for the rest of her life. If she was "unfortunate" and gave birth to daughters only and a male inheritor is absent her husband's family might refuse to care for them.

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A statistic by the WHO states the suicide rate of women in Nepal is among the highest worldwide and they came to the shocking finding that suicide is the leading cause of death for women aged 15-49. Without much support from the in-laws and ostracized and stigmatized many young widows find themselves in desperate situation and that they live in constant anguish. These widows and their daughters are at high risk of the worst forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination!


Bahini Educare Foundation provides Nutrition, health care and education coupled with timely counseling. This in turn will PREVENT them from the worst forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination! Due to the pandemic and the collapse of the economy many more are in desperate need of our help. Too many of them lost HOPE. In the worst storms hope is the flickering candle that we must allow not to be extinguished!

Long-Term Impact

The project will help these women and their families receive the basic requirements such as staple food, clothing, items of hygiene coupled with education and timely counseling. It is our support or safety net that will help families rise out of poverty which will give them a sense of confidence, security and integrity. They will be able to take into consideration the well being of their families on their own.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

Bahini Educare Foundation

Location: Pokhara - Nepal
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Foundation_BEF
Project Leader:
Surendra Pariyar
Pokhara , Nepal

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