TRIP TO SHOW GIRLS IN DHANUSA A GLIMPSE OF REAL WORLD.

Children in rural Nepal are confined to the classroom because so few are taken on school trips.
Swechhya Rajbhandai with her students

After completing my Bachelors from the US, I decided to return back to Nepal to learn more about the country and the issues it's facing at a grassroots level. I decided to leave my privileged life and the amenities it provides to give two years of my life to help those who are less fortunate than me. I am almost close to finishing my first year of my Teach For Nepal Fellowship in a rural village of Dhanusa where I teach students from ages 11 to 16 at an under-resourced public school — with a vision to provide quality education to children in Nepal.

The girls where I teach are deprived of many opportunities and constantly face numerous social problems such as child marriage and are victims of dowry system. This patriarchal oppression keeps them unexposed to the outside world and isolated. Every day when I take a step inside a classroom and don't see a girl present, my heart starts beating louder than a jungle drum and my knees start shaking with thoughts of her getting married in an early age.

Living in Dhanusa has exposed me to a different reality of Nepal. Here the girls remain trapped in the cycle of poverty and gender-based inequality that has plagued the country for generations. Most start their lives in their parents' kitchen and end in their husbands' kitchen. I was shocked when some of the girls in my class told me they hadn't even visited Janaki Mandir, a famous and historic temple in Janakpur city only five kilometers away from where they live.

In hopes of changing this reality, my two co-Fellows and I are trying to provide exposure to girls by showing them a glimpse of life outside their own village. We are planning to take a total of 30 girls from Grade 8 to 10 on a 3-day educational trip to Chitwan National Park and the famous Manakamana Temple to experientially learn what they have only read about in books.

For the trip, we have held multiple sessions with both boys and girls about the girls only trip. The session was held to make students realize that boys in Dhanusa had more opportunities and privileges compared to girls. And we were able to achieve our objective when one boy stood up and said, "Miss, we get multiple opportunities to go on trips like these, but the girls don't. If we go, parents won't allow the girls to go on a trip of a lifetime for them."

For the trip, my co-Fellows and I visited multiple homes of students to convince their parents who were skeptical about the trip – so far the majority of the parents have agreed.

Our students are excited about the trip and are looking forward to connecting between what happens within the walls of a classroom and the real-world. To make this happen, I need your help.

I humbly request all of you to join me on my journey to provide quality education by making a generous contributing towards my students' educational trip. My students will be forever grateful and we welcome any amount.

Thank you.

Start Date: December 05, 2017
End Date: December 10, 2017
Funds Required
USD $1,000.00NPR 100,000.00
44.0% Raised
Remaining
USD $560.00NPR 56,000.00

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    The women of Sohani Mujhelia in Dhanusha district have been deprived of many opportunities. Firstly, early marriage is very popular in the community. When girls are married off, they drop out of their schools; they don’t even study till Grade 10 to prepare for SLC examinations. Due to the lack of proper education and skills, they cannot pursue any job so they have to be compelled to live their life at the mercy of their husbands. Another social issue is dowry system. Since it has been the tr...

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  • Swechhya Rajbhandary

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