Girls and women in Nepal are often viewed and treated as second class citizens. Most families are not willing to spend money on their daughters’ education so either send them to work in agriculture or marry them off when they are young. As a result of the way that they are treated, many girls are illiterate and exhibit low self-confidence. Depriving women of education has also led to a lack of life skills and healthcare knowledge, which contributes to problems such as the high infant mortality rate in Nepal.
International Needs Nepal runs Lydia House, a vocational training centre in Kathmandu for some of the most deprived women in the country. It welcomes 44 women per year whose ages range between 15 and 55. The vocational training offers them a five month residential course. On this course the women are trained to become professional seamstresses, as well as being taught skills in healthcare, sanitation, cooking, bible training and maternity nursing. On graduating, the change in the students is remarkable. They have a new-found sense of confidence, optimism and can return to their villages and make positive improvements. All women also leave with the gift of a sewing machine which will help them should they wish to start their own business or teach other girls in their village how to sew.
“What I love about Lydia House is that it is a reproducible program that gives women confidence, biblical training, and the tools to be self-sustaining so that they can return to their villages to confront the prevailing cycles of abuse and poverty.” – Sharon Oxley, visitor.
April 19th, 2017
Sponsored by Ogilvy, the Lydia ladies were able to have a great time taking part in the Kathmandu fun run celebrating International Women’s Day last month. This women’s empowerment project undertaken by IN Nepal supports women from very poor and disadvantaged backgrounds. The project gives them new skills that will earn them a living and help grow their self confidence for when they return to their villages and families. to learn more, please go to www.ineeds.org.uk/projects/lydia-project