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This newsletter will update you on our activities of October 2020

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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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Following-up with the Girls


In the weeks of October, we traveled to Lishankhupakhar Rural Municipality and Chautara Sangachowkgadi Municipality of Sindhupalchowk district to meet the girls and learn about the situation during this COVID-19 pandemic. During our hours-long chat, we talked about various issues, the effect of the pandemic on their education, social problems, and how they are holding it together during this difficult time. We were taken aback to learn that some of the girls walked days to reach their home from Kathmandu during the nationwide lockdown, some are worried that they will again need to look for rent to continue their education, some expressed their dismay of not having internet access to join online classes.
 

 

International Day of the  Girl Celebration

 

  1. Day of the Girl Message

With the slogan ‘My Voice, Our Equal Future’, we celebrated the International Day of the Girls with various activities. We would like to express our best wishes to all the girls, parents, teachers, and everyone working in the field of girls’ rights. 

Read more: here 

  1. Her Turn Leadership Award:

Meet the winners : video link

  • Kripa Karuna Pokharel, Sunsari district (16): Trying to change gender stereotype through sports and is involved with different social organizations.

  • Shital B.K, Achham district (14): Initiated the movement against child marriage and Chhupadi in her community.

  • Sanskriti Phuyal,  Kathmandu district  (16): Empowering girls through sports and has plans to work with young girls in future.

  • Amrita Kuswar, Sarlahi district (17): Taking the initiative to run literacy classes for women of her community.

  • Sushmita Bhandari, Nawalpur district (17): Have been working in the sector of child development for 5 years through local child clubs.

  1. Teenage Mental Health Workshop

To address the growing mental health issues among teenagers, we introduced a teenage mental health workshop for teenage girls. 19 girls joined the workshop, facilitated by Aadhar, a group of professional young women. 

The first part of the workshop was focused on understanding common teenage mental health issues. The workshop continued with Psychosocial factors that may promote mental illness such as abuse and neglect -sexual problems-media (Social Media, other media), peer pressure, bullying, identity development, family relationships. Some of the participants shared their experience of family pressure as psychosocial factors that may have affected their mental health. One of the participants shared - she is frustrated to be studying Computer Engineering whereas she wanted to study Social work. The family pressure has forced her to take up the course and she is looking for ways to study the subject of her choice. 

The third part focused on techniques to identify if someone has mental health issues and how to talk and manage someone with mental illness and when to seek help,? Participants asked different questions about how to manage the mental illness and some of them want more counseling.

COVID-19 Response

One of our COVID-19 response initiatives is to equip health institutions in rural villages and capacitate FCHVs(Female Community Health Volunteers) so that they can support pregnant and new mothers to have easy access to health services. In the first week of October, we provided equipment and medicines to five health posts in Chautara Sangachokgadi Municipality of Sindhupalchowk district and held meetings with the health post-in-charge and ward offices. For the next few months, FCHVs will reach women in their communities to collect data of pregnant and new mothers so that Hamro Palo can provide the support as per their need.

 

Girls in Sports

Female participation in the sporting arena of our country is either neglected or overlooked for the fact that males have been making their presence felt for a long time. Hence, Hamro Palo wants to uplift girls and women who are already doing amazing at their respective sports by giving them capacity building skills to prepare them for the future. 

The pandemic doesn’t allow girls in sports to actively follow their passion. Hence, we initiated Girls in Sports उत्साही, a six-day workshop to equip girls and women involved in sports with skills such as communication, public speaking, negotiation to excel in their respective fields, and to build the network so that girls involved in sports can coach girls in villages.

The first workshop was conducted for 6 days from 4-9 October 2020, 12 girls from different sports fields (Karate, Boxing, football, Climbing, Cycling) joined the workshop. The sessions were focused on Mental Health and Mindfulness, Menstruation Hygiene, Social Media and Branding, and Public Speaking and Negotiation.
 

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