Kalpana lives with her sister at our partner, Samunnat’s house, in eastern Nepal.
As a result of extraordinarily unjust and stressful circumstances, Kalpana and her sister were required to move from their home, their family and Kalpana’s school to eastern Nepal. Kalpana, who had always loved school and was an enthusiastic and capable student, missed 12 months of education.
Kalpana and her sister found a home and stability in their lives with our partner, Samunnat. Kalpana was scared of returning to school as an older student having missed out on classes and exams, but with encouragement from Samunnat and with our funding support she returned to her education. At first she was embarrassed that she was older and taller than her classmates but she worked hard in class, made friends and joined in school activities.
Kalpana's dream is to complete her schooling to Class 12 and to make a difference to women whose lives have been impacted like hers. She is still deciding what she wants to study after school but with her determination and effort, we know that Kalpana will achieve her wish to make the world a better place for women.
Ensuring women and girls have the tools and support they need for healthy minds and emotional resilience is central to our whole-of-person approach.
In Eastern Nepal, where our partner Samunnat is based, there were no counsellors, particularly those specialising in women’s wellbeing or sexual health. Samunnat recognising this need, in collaboration with the local police and the Nepali Bar Association, have created a counselling position to be filled by one of the Samunnat women.
Neha, selected for the role, undertook a psychosocial counselling course in Kathmandu, 400 hours of skills based learning with placements in nursing homes and women’s centre.
The role not only provides a valuable employment opportunity for Neha, but provides much needed support for the Samunnat women and the wider community.
One of our Co-Founders, Sarah, with Neha in Kathmandu during her course.