Each of our women has specialized in one hat & glove set, which can be custom made for you in a variety of colors.
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Nepal is the second poorest country outside of Africa, second only to N. Korea. Many people in Nepal live their lives without hardly even seeing a rupee. When a person needs to go to Kathmandu they often say they are ‘going to Nepal.’ Villages up in the high Himalayas continue to experience such things as high infant mortality, starvation and problems associated with frostbite and lack of medical services.
Education is just about impossible because the villages are so small it would be impracticable to create a school for the children in just one small village. That means they may need to walk for hours through the dangerous forest. In Nepal, even endangered animals live openly. Even here in the Kathmandu Valley mountain cats and snakes can be of real concern. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I hear the drama between one of our wild cats and the street dogs. One man in our village was attacked by such a cat and lived to tell the story. He’s fine, but there is some damage to his arm. Just imagine what it’s like to grow up in the high Himalayas.
Life of Women in Nepal
Whether up in the high country or here in the Kathmandu Valley, women carry the load of society and their families. Illiteracy, prolapsed uterus, fibroid cysts, death during childbirth, back and knee issues from climbing the mountains without proper shoes and the list goes on.
Many INGOs, volunteers and government programs are helping to uplift women in Nepal with varying degrees of success, but one thing is for sure the job isn’t finished. It isn’t about scholarships and sponsorship. It’s about helping the women to stand up economically, be able to support their families and have time to enjoy their lives.
Our main goal is to provide training and employment for women in our village and those who can come from rural areas to work with us. This will provide a difference in the women’s lives to the point that they will not have to worry about their day-to-day living expenses.
Our second goal is to provide assistance to people in Nepal’s high country to make a difference through education and infrastructure. For example, our friend of Kay Garnay, Pema from upper Dolpa, is working to bring a greenhouse to his village. So far we’ve only been able to help the Ku Village with warm clothing, books and a small cash gift. You can learn about the challenges to this region in Pema’s post. https://kaygarnayfornepal.blogspot.com/2017/02/dolpa-is-one-of-biggest-and-most.html
We’ve begun a knitting class/workshop in our Star View Guest House where we had a guest room. It is a sunny room with lots of windows. We also have tables and chairs for them, but they like sitting on a mattress on the floor. The women have come each day promptly at 10 am and work until 3:30 or 4 pm. with lunch and a tea/cookies snack.
They are developing various styles and are getting some nice practice pieces. We plan to have each of the women take one design to make it her own specialty. This will allow for more quality and speed.
Learn more about our women’s knitting initiative here.
Kay Garnay means what to do in the Nepalese language (ke garne)? We’ve personified this expression by the name and our new logo/mascot as this image illustrates.
I’m a bit of the motherly type, so it’s been hard not to butt in and try to help. I’d scattered money a bit, but I wasn’t able to help much as just a tourist. After the earthquake I founded this little agency and its been creeping along little by little.
We have been mostly self-funded by using our guesthouse, my little pension, donations from guests and my share of the sales from our affiliate website, http://TraditionalArtofNepal.com
Here are a few things we’ve done:
Tree Planting Projects
Warm clothing drives
Computer science classes
Broadband WIFI link for the villagers
School and emergency funding
We have need of $4,000 in order to have the money to pay the women for a couple months, buy the supplies and materials, pay a bit of rent to the Star View Guest House or find a better location.