This 5 year project will establish four separate women’s co-operatives and accompanying running water systems in an area of Western Nepal that does not receive much attention from NGOs. Women’s empowerment and water access should be addressed as one, since women bear the responsibility of fetching water from faraway sources. By installing water systems with taps near every house, hours of time are returned to women and girls, who can use that newfound free time for education and income-producing activities.
As the water systems are under construction, the leadership team of each program will go through a robust training to empower them to operate independently. Our objective is to have the co-operatives fully operational and self-sufficient within 5 years. Once they are, 3,000 women in the surrounding areas will have access to skills training, micro-loans, and domestic abuse support.
*As of January 2019, one of the water systems is complete, and funding for the second is underway. The training programs will begin in the Spring.
The Community Center
A women’s co-operative in the Lalitpur District, south of Kathmandu, lost their office to the 2015 earthquake. We purchased a piece of land in their name, and used an earthquake-safe technology called earthbags to build their new home. It includes their working space and a large multi-use room for educational courses, health clinics, and community gatherings.
By 18, many Nepali girls are placed in an arranged marriage, unless they’re lucky enough to begin a secondary education. Prakash was Sunita’s caretaker when he managed the children’s home she was placed in as a toddler, so she has been part of our CASD family for over a decade. When her primary school was complete, she wanted nothing more than to go to nursing school. With the generous support of our donors, we raised enough money for the downpayment on her college tuition. She’s now entering her third and final year of the nursing program, and is thriving.
Sunita’s life is no longer defined by the husband chosen for her, but by the knowledge and skills she works hard to master by her own volition.
After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, we launched a shelter building project in a village called Ghusel, south of Kathmandu. The original brick homes suffered severe damage, and most belonging to lower caste families were completely inhabitable. Our team worked alongside the locals to design and build sturdy bamboo homes and in turn, lasting relationships. Thanks to an amazing ongoing effort from our international team and volunteers, 600 people now live in the temporary shelters, which will remain home for the people in Ghusel until they can afford to rebuild a more permanent structure.