Give Nepal’s girls a future with dignity
It is tough being born as a girl in western Nepal. They get less food than their brothers. They drop out of school at a young age. They do not decide who they marry, and they become mothers while they are still children. Mission East helps the girls demand their rights.
Examples of what your support goes to:
Literacy groups for girls, where they get help with their homework and are trained in their right to schooling.
The girls’ mothers are trained in growing and selling vegetables so they can feed their children.
Local politicians are trained in accounting for girls and women in budget planning.
Examples of what the work costs:
For 32 Euros 1 girl can get help with her homework and training in her rights for 3 months.
For 64 Euros 1 girl can get help with her homework and training in her rights for 6 months.
For 128 Euros 1 girl can get help with her homework and training in her rights for 1 year.
Any donation is welcome!
Bimala dropped out of school
In fifth grade, Bimala had to drop out of school. The reason? She reached puberty.
“We thought that our gods would get angry if a woman stayed in her home during menstruation,” she explains. This was also the case in the classroom.
With a week’s absence a month, Bimala soon had difficulty keeping up with classes and had to drop out.
Now, Bimala is 18 years old, and she has started school again. In Mission East’s youth group, she and the other girls in the village has learned that a woman can – and has the right to – go to school and be together with other people even though she has her menstrual period. Now Bimala dreams of becoming a leader in her village.
From illiteracy to local politics
Lalparu Sunar was born into an impoverished Dalit family. Dalits live at the bottom of the caste system permeating Nepalese society, and are referred to as ‘untouchables’, and Lalparu had never learned to read and write. She and her family lived from hand to mouth from what they could scrape together from their small farming plot, the husband’s day labourer job and her own little shop. But she could not open a bank account, since she needed her signature for that, and she could not write.
When Mission East started up a literacy group in her village, Lalparu was full of enthusiasm. After nine months training she had not only learned to write her name – she was now aware that she has a right to live without violence and exclusion. Gradually, she took upon her more responsibilities in the community, and when the local elections came, she decided to run for the local council – and was elected. 13 other women from Mission East’s literacy groups did the same.
“I used to be nervous and shake when I was supposed to speak, so I kept quiet. Now I have a voice to place issues on the agenda, deal with people and even give speeches in big gatherings,” Lalparu says.