July 7th, 2022
Life in rural Nepal is not easy and the challenges are greater for women who suffer within the patriarchal society. Women in rural Nepal are often disadvantaged and limited to child care and house hold chores with many local families not seeing the value in educating girls. International Needs Nepal has been contributing to making a change by empowering women through the Lydia ladies training programmes where they learn new skills and grow their incomes.
The last 5 months have been exciting since the sewing and tailoring training programme resumed fully with 26 ladies since the pandemic. IN Nepal are glad to see a visible difference in the transformation of the ladies into bolder women in the way they open up, interact, ask questions and work in teams.
The Women Empowerment Programme at IN Nepal have been address the lack of opportunities that women face. The programme promotes women’s empowerment by equipping women who are facing the greatest need, with vocational skills through a well-rounded residential programme. IN Nepal are currently developing new projects, concepts and proposals to widen the interventions and support more women in the communities.
“We want educate and empower women, enhance their skill and capacity so that they can take charge of their own lives, speak for themselves, take right decisions, choose their career, generate income and live a life of dignity” – IN Nepal
Each woman who has their own story of personal challenges and expectations which inspired her to join the Lydia Vocational Training Centre.
Read some Inspiring stories below!
“My name is Banita. It was my desire to learn some skill and make my career to support myself financially so that I don’t need to depend upon others. I also wanted to learn more about God’s Word and grow in Him. I was thrilled to hear about Lydia Vocational Training Center through our pastor where I would get opportunity to not only develop my skill but also learn many things that is helpful for development myself. I immediately applied for it and got selected to join the training. In the LVTC I could learn about a good life through the ethics class, learn a little bit of music as well, could fellowship with many friends from different parts of Nepal. I knew nothing about tailoring but now I can stitch/sew clothes. Now am confident that I can do something in future. Apart from regular classes, I could learn about discipline, time schedule and many more useful skills for my life. My future plan is to open Tailoring shop and help in church ministry.”
“I am Anita Lopchan. I am twenty years old. I am from Chitwan district. I was born and brought up in a Buddhist family. I started going church from my early age. I was just nine years old. Some of our relatives were Christian so I just attended church for fun and entertainment. I love to listen hymns. Especially I enjoyed carol songs during Christmas time. Though I attend church regularly, I did not know God personally. After attending 2-3 years I accept Christ as my personal saviour through preaching at the Church. There were some relatives who were not happy to see me attending church. As I grew mature in Christ, I did have struggle in my spiritual life. But God enabled me to be stable in faith. I knew the importance of giving time to God. I knew God is there for me in every situation of my life. One of the verses that encouraged me was Jeremiah 29: 11-13. I developed my skill in tailoring and now I am confident to sew different clothes. After my graduation from Lydia, I plan to work with a relative aunty who is running her tailoring shop. Later on, I will start my own tailoring business with my elder sister in Chitwan, for our livelihood.”
If you would like to support these women through our IN Group Assistance Programme, please get in touch with Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org