When Amarnath Yadav, 27, was mugging up for his final year bachelor's degree examination, his mind drifted towards what he would do after college. Being a student of the education stream, he was expected to be a teacher, but he wanted to explore more. It was during those idling and anxious hours before the exam that he came across a vacancy announcement in the local newspaper. Siddarth Samudayik Samaj, an NGO based in Rupandehi district, wanted some social mobilizers for an upcoming project that aimed to address the underlying causes of child marriage in partnership with CARE Nepal.
EMERGENCY UPDATE: CARE’s emergency specialists from across the world are now in Nepal, and CARE has over 150 staff in Nepal already working in the majority of the most affected districts. CARE has launched an urgent appeal for funds to help those hit by the devastating earthquake.
Beginning in 1978 CARE was one of the first international aid agencies to work in Nepal. Today, CARE Nepal works to address the systemic and structural causes of poverty and social injustice, such as discrimination based on gender, caste, class and ethnicity; poor governance; and vulnerability from conflict and natural disasters. CARE has identified three core themes for its current programs:
- empowering women
- securing livelihoods and effectively managing natural resources
- addressing equity and social justice
CARE works with some of the poorest, most vulnerable communities in Nepal, focusing on Dalits (people deemed as lower class), socially excluded indigenous people, poor families, marriageable girls and boys, single women, people with HIV/AIDS, and people affected by conflict or disaster.
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A Struggle to Overcome Discrimination in Nepal
My name is Dhan Bahadur Pariyar. I was born 35 years ago into an untouchable-caste family. I live with my 65-year-old father Mate, my 70-year-old mother Mangali, wife Suk Maya and Subash, who is 7.
Because I had been born into a lower caste, I was discriminated against my entire life. When I was 7, upper-caste people scolded me when I tried to drink water from a village water tap. I was surprised.
Reaching toward a more gender equal world enables societies to tap everyone’s potential – regardless of their gender - for stronger, more fulfilling and resilient relationships, households and societies. CARE is committed to promoting gender equality as a cornerstone for lasting change, reducing poverty, and achieving social justice. Supporting gender equality requires not only a commitment to supporting the empowerment of women and girls, but also engaging men and boys as allies in this effort.
This 12 page brief lays out lessons learned from CARE's learning intiative on Engaging Men and Boys.
This ten page brief lays out CARE's framework for engaging men and boys and presents stories of change using this methodology.
After heavy monsoon rains have caused devastating floods and landslides in Western Nepal last week, CARE is scaling up its emergency response for thousands of people affected. The floods have so far killed 123 people, 126 are still missing or feared to be dead and more than 50 injured.
4 page brief that describes the first year of CARE's child marriage prevention programming in Bangladesh and Nepal, including our focus on underlying causes of marriage.
These questions came out of lengthy discussions with project teams in Bangladesh and Nepal. As a learning project, Tipping Point staff and community groups will intentionally explore these questions in the course of our work with communities and networks.
1. How can community mobilization strategies be applied to change community norms related to child marriage and its root causes?
A CARE-authored article in the War and Trauma foundation that deals with the impacts of conflict on women's well-being and how working with affected women to define program goals and well-being improves program success.
Child marriage, which is defined as marriage before the age of 18 but often impacts girls not yet in their teens, has been regarded as a tradition in many cultures. Families may view it as a way to escape extreme poverty or a method to ensure security for their daughters (as strange as that may sound in this instance) in the perceived absence of other options. The reality is, child marriage happens to girls because they lack support to make another choice. For them, there is no other choice.