April 25, 2017
When powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal two years ago, Samjhana and her family lost their house and all of their belongings, which added to their already heavy financial burden.
Samjhana was overwhelmed, but not defeated. She began exploring ways to use farming, a family tradition, to improve her family’s livelihood.
“Through CARE Nepal and its partners, I found out about the training on nursery management, poly house farming, integrated pest management, and natural cultivation methods”, says Samjhana.
Thanks to your generous support, CARE continues to help survivors build back their lives. To date, we have reached more than 200,000 people in response to the earthquakes in Nepal.
Over the past two years your support has helped enable communities to rebuild and recover with projects focused on food; clean water, hygiene and sanitation; shelter; livelihoods; preventing gender-based violence; and sexual, reproductive and maternal health.
CARE is now transitioning to providing more long-lasting solutions, allowing families to build back safer homes and reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters. This includes technical support, so homes are stronger when the next earthquake strikes. Here some success stories we have been privileged to witness – all thanks to support from donors like you.
Samjhana has put the knowledge she received into practice and is now financially independent. Best of all, she gives back to her community by co-chairing a women farmer’s group, holding regular meetings and discussions, and training group members on natural farming and improved crop production methods.
“I feel proud that I have been able to continue my parents’ profession, but with knowledge about new and improved techniques”, says Samjhana. “I want my community to grow its own food and to be able to supply to non-local markets. I am doing all that I can and will continue to work more towards making my dream a reality.”
It isn’t just breadwinners like Samjhana that have stepped up and changes their lives and the lives of their community members.
The Jugal Baal Club was initiated by students in Banskharka and Sindhupalchowk.
The 36 club members have raised awareness of issues like gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against children among many others. The students perform humorous plays on the street and dramas to illustrate community challenges.
The president of the club, Shyam Shrestha, is 15.
“All credit goes to CARE Nepal and its partners.” says Shyam. “We had not started doing any sort of work on issues of violence before the earthquake. However, after the earthquake, we were inspired to do something to inform people about GBV.”
Learn more about CARE’s response to the earthquakes in Nepal.