LEARN, UNDERSTAND, ACT
Education and protection of women and children
The Nepal is a rural and patriarchal society, one of the 10 poorest countries of the world, and one of the most affected by the violence against women and children. This phenomenon is exacerbated by illiteracy, which affects more than 50% of adult women.
Planète Enfants program aims to improve the knowledge of mothers in rural areas, in order to strengthen their capacities for reflection and action.
In order to do so, we have implemented literacy classes, protection committees and meetings of Exchange on health, hygiene or human rights. Students are also supported to set-up some solidarity groups.
In 2014, this project has entered a phase of institutionalization: our objective is to train the "women's Development Office" (local public agency) to the mechanisms put in place.
A few figures
33 Villages Which have reproduced this protection mechanism
975 literate women
1 059 women who joined groups of solidarity
The testimony of Nima, 29 years
"This is when my life became a fight that I realized the importance of education" (...)
"Read and write helps me a lot. My relationship with my children has changed: I now helps them do their homework and encourages them to go to school. The other members of my family are more consideration in my regard. »
"My name is Nima Bohara, and I am 29 years old. I live in the village of Balwang, Rolpa (Nepal) with my son and my daughter, who are 10 and 7 years old. We are 14 members of the family to live in the same House. My husband, he, worked in Malaysia for five years. »
It is with tears in the eyes that Nima tells that her daughter suffers from a disease that doctors are unable to identify or treat.
"This is when my life became a fight that I realized the importance of education. I met many difficulties during the treatment of my daughter: I stayed away, silent, because I didn't read or write. I was too shy and I refused to talk to strangers and even people from my village. As soon as I heard about the launch of Planète Enfants program in my village, I immediately expressed my interest and I was the first registered woman!
Read and write helps me a lot. My relationship with my children has changed: I now helps them do their homework and encourages them to go to school. The other members of my family have more consideration in my regard and we have more cordial relations. I feel also less dependent on others: I know now what bus to take without asking, I get to read the signs and single letters. I express myself more easily and feel less vulnerable and more able to protect my children. I want to learn much more, I'd like to speak a few words of English...
During literacy courses, we discuss plenty of topics: AIDS, nutrition, hygiene, relationships men/women, or respect for the environment. We also talked a lot of how to protect our rights and help other women to protect theirs.
Finally, we learn to manage an income-generating activity. Following a recommendation of the women in my group, I was offered two goats to help me start a small farm. My turn, I offered the first kid to another woman in the group, so that she also develops her little trade. As soon as she will also get some kids, she will offer to another woman in need, and so on... I love this idea because it offers us all the opportunity to benefit from a profitable activity, and be less vulnerable and dependent on our husbands. ".
Nima is one of the beneficiaries (and actress!) of program "To learn, to understand, to act" co-financed by the European Union, in the South West of Nepal.