This newsletter will update you on our activities of September

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Have you been wondering what we have been up to? 

We hope that this newsletter finds you in a good health. It's been a while and we thought we will update you on our work. We hove you will enjoy reading about what we have been working on last month.
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COVID-19 Response: 

In July, we began to support families and communities that needed immediate support for daily essentials, especially marginalized communities in Sindhupalchowk and Kavre districts.  In addition, we also organized 15 day-long workshops called “Sneh” for married and out of school girls in Kavre districts.

Last month, we supported a group called Feed the Hungry who distributes food to the needy people and communities during the lockdown and its aftermath. 

For the last few months, we have been checking-in with our Girls Advisory Board to learn the effect of COVID-19 and months-long lockdown on them and their communities. While all of their lives have been affected and they have their own way of dealing with the situation.  

We also began our COVID-19 response project in Sindhupalchowk district that focuses on capacitating local health institutions and FCHVs ( Female Community Health Volunteers). In the coming months, FCHVs will be supporting pregnant and new mothers to make sure they have access to health facilities and other support. Further,  To mark International Day of the Girl, we announced a “call for art submission on the theme “COVID-19 and its effect on Nepali girls’ lives”. We received several entries and the results will be announced on 11 October 2020. 
Digital Advocacy on women and girls issues

Select five digital advocacy for women and girls issues that are currently being implemented. The advocacy projects are being led by young women on diverse issues; from mental health to body positivity, the digital advocacy will be going till the month of November. Check out their work below.  

Her voice: Through podcasts, Sankatma Saathi is advocating for adolescents girls’ rights and from the refugee camp and slum areas who are at high risk during this pandemic. 

 It's Okay to Not Be Okay: Is advocating on mental health through social media. They also host weekly sessions on mental health inviting various experts to interact with adolescents. 

Let’s TALK: Let's get Embarrassed: Through closed group workshops, this project invites young people to learn/unlearn about sex through Sex Education.

Body Positivity and Self Love: Through short videos/gifs and activities, Virangana comics is advocating on body positivity

Samman: Project Samman focuses on Sexual Violence through blogs and paintings.

Suicide Prevention Day | Photo Campaign

10 September is marked as World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year mental health activists from all around the world raise awareness on suicide prevention including Nepal. This year, Hamro Palo did a photo campaign throughout the month of September, aimed to raise awareness to prevent suicide and celebrate life.

Radio Program:

Hamro Palo has collaborated with Radio Sindhu 105 Mhz and Sindhu Fm 102.8 for a radio program called Pariwartan ka Sworharu (Voices of change). The radio program emphasizes the issues affecting adolescents such as early marriage, sexual harassment, domestic violence, migration. It aims to provide a platform for adolescents to share their knowledge, experiences, and focuses on solutions to local problems highlighting youth leadership.

The program is aired every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:00 pm and repeated on Wednesday 6:30-7:00 am every week for 10 weeks. 10 episodes will be aired on different topics each week. The topics covered in September include: “Myth and facts about COVID-19 and the current situation”, “Mental health of adolescents during lockdown”, “Child marriage, its negative impact, and the existing law” and "Discussion with the adolescents from Chautara Sanghachowkgadi, Sindhupalchok on preventing child/early marriage."

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