Menstruation is completely a natural process. Nevertheless, women are still facing social and health related challenges around menstruation. Researches say, mostly adolescent girls have been affected by the socio-cultural taboos around their monthly cycle. Download this cartoon to find out more about Sapana’s dream of spreading awareness around menstruation and engaging boys and principal of her school to advocate for menstrual hygiene and healthy spaces in this regard.
The situation after the earthquake was an extreme struggle for the Majhi family. Their house had collapsed and they were forced to live in a makeshift tent. “It was very hard to stay inside the tent. During the day, it was crazily hot, and once night time came, it used to get very cold. The earthquake had ruined everything”, tears rolled down Kul Bahadur’s eyes while he shared the story trying to look brave.
Barren Land irrigated for Production
The earthquake and its aftershock triggered many landslides in the village, because of which, the canal was filled with debris. As a result, numerous lands were left barren. Villagers made several attempts to clean the canal. However, repair and maintenance of the canal was not taking shape due to lack of guidance and other priorities. This issue was raised in the ReFLECT session, where they discussed the impact of decreasing harvest and low earnings. Since then, ReFLECT members decided to rebuild the canal. For this purpose, they coordinated with the Ward Disaster Climate Resilience Committee (WDCRC) and Local Irrigation Committee to proceed reconstruction of the canal. With the help of 125 villagers, ReFLECT members completed cleaning the canal working continuously from 30 Dec 2018 to 13 Jan 2019.
Struggle for survival with the fear of infection
Life is not an easy journey for all, and many mostly only struggle. Kamala Devi Bohora from Waiyabehedi, Dhangadi Sub-metropolitan city-2 is one of those hard-working women who has been struggling throughout to earn a livelihood and secure a good future for the family mostly her children. Currently, she has been staying in a quarantine center in Nawadurga Secondary School in Dhangadi. With a family of seven, including her husband, two sons, and three daughters, she has struggled with her husband to secure a good future for her family.
Fear of hunger is bigger than the fear of COVID
Unlike many people who had to make a troublesome journey to Nepal, Reshma and her family had an easier border entry.When her family arrived in Nepalgunj, she was happy with the services and facilities at quarantine site provided by the government and non-government organizations. She found it considerate when CARE Nepal handed her a kit including hygiene materials for women.
Chitra Rekha’s fight to return home during Covid-19
Chitra Rekha Devi is a resident of Siraha’s Kalyanpur tole, Bhagwanpur Rural Municipality ward no.1. Her large joint family consists of 15 members including her two sons, husband, mother-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law. As the only literate person in the family, Chitra works as a small wage earner. Her family’s financial situation is poor. Other than wage labor, her family doesn’t have any other source of income.
Her husband has been living in India for 10 years. Chitra Rekha, herself, and her children have been working in Haryana, India for five years. Download to read full story.