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, she will be ostracized and she will remain stigmatized for the rest of her life. On top of this if she was “unfortunate” and gave birth to daughters only and a male inheritor is absent her faith might well turn from bad to worse.

Her husband’s family might refuse to care for them. The widow will be treated as a slave and the daughters are not cared for, neglected, malnourished and they are forgoing school. In many such cases the widow and her daughters have to leave the house and they are left without any property, assets or money.

Without any support or any safety-net, these widows and their daughters are the most vulnerable and at risk of all the poor people in Nepal and at high risk of worst forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination!

SUICIDE: A statistic by the WHO is stating that 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. Statistics are flawed because suicide is illegal in Nepal and relatives will not disclose the real cause of death to avoid legal problems and the social stigma associated with it.

For women in particular, the under reporting of suicides and suicide-attempts may be caused in part by a “culture of silence”, especially in cases related to domestic abuse.

Given the fact that many young widows find themselves in desperate situation and that they live in constant anguish, there is evidence that the suicide rate of young widows is alarmingly high!

 

OUR IMPACT:

Currently we are caring for 26 such widows with dependent children and our support is vital for them. We are providing for their basic needs such as staple food, clothing, blankets, all that’s required for a proper hygiene as well as medical and educational support, counseling and guidance.

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 not allow to be extinguished.

Let us HELP, let us give these widows and their children HOPE again!

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Dear Friends & benefactors,
Namaste!

 Bahini Educare has been established with the main objective of PREVENTION of the worst forms of abuse, violence and discrimination of girls and women!

This is including prevention of trafficking, rape and forced prostitution. Our target groups are destitute single mothers with dependent daughters; the most vulnerable group with regard to the above listed crimes.

We are preventing these crimes by addressing food-insecurity and the provision of the most basic needs for them to live a life in dignity and safety.

One such story follows a mother with 2 daughters and 1 son. The father of this family had two wives. When his first wife didn’t have any children he married her younger sister. She gave birth to two daughters and a son.

When the husband, the only bread earner, died the family was in a miserable condition. When Durga was diagnosed with breast cancer, things turned from bad to worse! The local ward community referred this family to BEF and we supported this family since August 2018.

Recent Updates:

The family has shown remarkable progress in terms of health, education and livelihood. The eldest daughter is currently studying in Grade XI and helping her family. Durga has recovered from her cancer and currently the whole family is well and all are inspired and actively involved in improving their livelihood.

Due to the pandemic and the collapse of the economy many more are in desperate need of our help.

We are only determined and commited to help many more. Plese HELP!

Thank you for your generous donations..

 

with kindest regards,

Surendra & TEAM
Bahini Educare Foundation

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Dear Friends and benefactors,
Namaste!

Project: Widowhood in Nepal by the “Bahini-Educare-Foundation-Nepal”

At first we would like to express our gratitude for your generous donations for the support to the most underprivileged and discriminated in Nepal; namely the widows and the single mothers.

It is our main objective to support these target groups and currently we are caring for 25 families that are headed by widows’ respectively single mothers.

In Nepal millions more fell into poverty last year because of the pandemic-induced economic recession. Poor people are living on 2$ or less daily. Our target groups are day laborers and they live literally from the hand to the mouth. No work is synonymous to no food!

Widows and single mothers find themselves on the lowest rung of the social leader and this without any support or safety net.

Suicide is the most frequent cause of death among these women and this is a sad and shocking reality in today’s Nepal!

Since the year 2014, when the “Bahini-Educare-Foundation” was first established we supported hundreds of these desperate women and their children; we provide them with their basic needs, like staple food, clothes, medicine, hygienic items and education for the children.

 

Recent-Interaction-Program:

On the occasion of International Women’s’ Day (8th March 2021) the “ Bahini Educare Foundation” in association with “Amnesty International” and “Annapurna Rural Municipality” organized an “Legal-Awareness & Interaction Program” for women.

This program attracted almost 100 participants, the majority of them widows. Some influential members from our community were participating in the program, underscoring the importance and the appreciation by the community for our actions.

 The program was conducted by a female lawyer, a sociologist and social worker and the participants took keen interest regarding their rights and their status in society.

For most of them, the majority of them are illiterate, this was the first time they came to know about their basic human rights.

Despite an improvement in legal provisions the implementations of the laws regarding human-rights are lacking behind in a society where widows and single women have always been subject to worst forms of oppression, abuse and discrimination.

It is our declared aim to support these women, and this not only in providing for their basic needs, but we also to commit to empowerment and confidence-building, and this for them and their children to live a life free of oppression and utter poverty.

Education, empowerment, confidence building and awareness are the means to break the centuries old vicious cycle of poverty, abuse and discrimination that these women have been facing for too many generations!

Thank you for your support and be assured that we, as a small grassroots-organisation are constantly thriving to optimize our effort in supporting and empowering our target-groups.

Sincerely yours
TEAM Bahini Educare Foundation

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Bahini Educare Foundation

Location: Pokhara - Nepal
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Project Leader:
Surendra Pariyar
Pokhara, Nepal
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