MENSTRUAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT (MHM) AND HYGIENE FOR THE WOMEN OF SAMAGAUN
Samagaun’s temperature goes down to minus 20 degrees Celsius in the winter, and the cold climate and lack of habit explain that members of the community do not wash their bodies, hands, or private parts on a regular basis. This still leads to fatalities among women due to common urinary tract infections.
Moreover, until the 2015 earthquake and provision of menstruations management material by relief NGOs, most women did not use pads, and free bled or used ragged clothes to manage their periods.
The TCN started to work on Menstrual Health Management in February 2019, and partnering with INGO Days for Girls Nepal, TCN organized a 2-day workshop for 10 women and 10 men leaders of Samagaun on menstruations, hygiene, and leadership.
The MhM and hygiene project aims at giving women the means to ensure better hygiene for themselves and their children as well as to better manage their menstruations. It also aims at reducing the gender imbalance by initiating a conversation in the community about women’s health.
AWARENESS SESSIONS & PAD PRODUCTION UNIT
We provide awareness sessions to the community about women’s health, hygiene, and leadership in educating their peers to wash their hands and private parts. The project also provides attendees the opportunity to buy reusable sanitary cloth pads at a cheap price and made by INGO Days For Girls Nepal and eventually aim at encouraging the women to set up a local pad production unit to sell to the community.
The project is set to continue in 2020 and 2021 with the second training of trainers and assessment of the feasibility of setting up a pad production unit in Samagaun.
BASIC-LITERACY EDUCATION IN ENGLISH, NEPALI, AND MATHS FOR WOMEN OF SAMAGAUN
Women are traditionally very discriminated against in the Samagaun society and considered less than men. Most girls are forced into early marriage, expected to serve their husbands, and very often victims of domestic violence whether married or unmarried; leadership roles in all realms of society (political, business, or religious) are reserved to men. In recent years, outmigration and climate change have had devastating impacts on their workloads bringing workdays from 14-19 hours a day.
The basic literacy project is designed to provide women with basic literacy classes in English, Nepali and Maths centered around their main interest: guesthouse management. It aims at giving women the tools to gain more respect and recognition from their families and communities, this way empowering them to become entrepreneurs in their own rights and take on more leadership positions in the community.
The curriculum is tailored to suit the Samagaun women’s interests and aims at giving them the opportunity to learn in a non-formal, practical, and play-based way over the course of 12 months, 1h45mns a day, 6 days a week. Taught by a Nepali teacher and a Tibetan speaking teacher from Samagaun it centers around guesthouse management during the first month and then tackles women’s health and hygiene during the second month. The teachers will then build upon women’s inside-the-classroom-experience and interests to develop further themes and activities to teach during the year.