BIO’s of Women in Our Changunarayan Women’s Knitting Circle

About our Project

We are asking for donations to help us with our workshop. Because we are making knitted hats and gloves, we can send you a lovely, high quality, 100% wool with microfiber lining in a variety of colors and styles. Please read below and select the hat and gloves you’d like. If there is anything you’d like to have altered please let us know.

The Woolen Hat and Gloves set are 100% wool, imported from New Zealand and hand knitted. Our women hand-knit your hat and glove and then hand-sew the microfiber lining. For a Donation of only $45, we will send you a matching hat and glove set in the color of your choice. Please Note, this price includes Nepal Postal Service shipping. If this causes a problem with tariff or delivery, please let us know.

1) RANJANA:- 26 years of age in not married yet. Ranjana is our project leader. She lives with her Parents and siblings. The family had a very traumatic experience during the earthquake in 2015. The whole house collapsed. They ran outside and crouched with their hands over their ears in fear of the roaring sound.

The family has been extremely traumatized, especially the young children. Since the earthquake they’ve been living in a makeshift hut of bamboo & leaves. Ranjana now gives all that she earns to support the family while they save to rebuild the house.

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Ranjana’s Hat and Glove Set

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2) BHAVANA:- is a young mother 23 years old, married with 2 children. Her husband recently found work as a Gate-man.

Her young family also had their house collapse in the earthquake. The youngest daughter still won’t leave her side, so the child comes to work with her; she doesn’t speak.

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Bhavana’s Hat and Glove set

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3) MAIYA:- 40 years of age. Married with 3 children. Her husband is not working due to health issues. She supports her family with whatever she earns. Her eldest child picks up odd jobs when available, so she is just scraping by. Maiya is an enthusiastic worker who demonstrates gratitude to have a stable income and some training.

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Maiya’s Hat and Glove set

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4) ROOPA:- 30 years of age, married with 3 children. Their whole house collapsed during the 2015 earthquake.Now they live in a temporary shed made of zinc and plastic sheets. She struggles to send her children to school and provide for their basic needs.
One of our primary goals is to use the proceeds of our fundraiser to uplift the village starting from these women. Roopa is in for a lovely surprise as our project gets underway. We will keep everyone updated, so please subscribe to our newsletter and blogposts.

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Roopa’s Hat and Glove set

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5) MEERA:- 33 years of age with 2 children was also effected by the 2015 earthquakes. Her young children have been severely traumatized by the earthquake. She says they wake up at night screaming – the house is falling. On the outside these women are happy. But inside it is extremely difficult. In a society of over 40% unemployment, how can she compete with her university educated, English-speaking counterparts? How can these women rebuild their lives when they live on subsistence farming?

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Meera’s Hat and Glove set

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6) MAYA:- 40 years of age is so grateful to have a regular income. She has 3 children and does not get much support from her ex-husband. Maya is a quick learner with agile fingers. Words cannot convey the the difficulties of women in Nepal. From back and joint pain from climbing the hillside in flip-flops to being illiterate, they are some of the most deserving of people. They teach us the true meaning of strength. Lift these women up and see what they create.

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Maya’s Hat and Glove set

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7) ANJU:- A mother of 2 children, aged 35 years. Her husband works as a security guard in Bhaktapur a town about 30 minutes away by public bus. Anju is one of our most skilled knitters and has a happy attitude. Anju represents our emerging middle-class Nepali. Yet, if a good job for a man pays $150-250 a month and they are expected to put their children in private school for around $50, there really isn’t much room for saving. It isn’t that any of these women will miss a meal any time soon, they are locked into a life between never having enough and trying to survive a current disaster.

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Anju’s Hat and Glove set

This hat features a fold-up rim and is available in your choice of any 3 colors-of course, microfiber lined, 100% pure wool. Specify small, medium or large and colors.

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8) SITA:- 32 years of age has 2 children. Her husband works as a field laborer in the rice paddies. Such workers usually get some grain plus a small income. It is so difficult to live in abject poverty. Their home completely collapsed in the 2015 earthquake. They are still living in a temporary shelter and saving to rebuild a house. She is a hard worker, keen to improve her skills.

Living in an earthquake shelter is only one rung better than living under a tree. It rains inside, is an oven when it’s hot and a freezer when it’s cold. It’s difficult to keep the conditions as sanitary as possible as to keep everyone from getting sick. The family Kay Garnay for Nepal helped to build a home for earlier this year, their baby had been in and out of the hospital due to living in a shelter.

 

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Sita’s Hat and Glove set

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9) SUBHADRA:- A mother of 3 almost grown children is happy to have a stable income. A mature forty years of age does her best to improve her skills. Subhadra is always eager to learn new designs. She is saving to improve her house which needs repair from the earthquake. Many families in Nepal live in homes that were damaged during the big earthquakes, but there is such a scary possibility lurking, I feel an eminent sense of danger and trepidation for them.
 

 

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Of all the places in the world to volunteer, I don’t think you can find a better one than Nepal. Notice these benefits compared to other countries:

1. A tolerant populace.
2. The local people genuinely want to know you. Nepal has recently been added to the ‘World’s friendliest countries.
3. The government, including police, are kind to tourists.
4. Violent crime toward tourists is almost non-existant in most places in Nepal.
5. Nepal is one of the least expensive countries to travel to.
6. There is a genuine need just about anywhere you look for help. You should not pay a private company  (or NGO) for a volunteer placement in Nepal. However, you should be prepared to pay from $5-10 per day for food.
7. The weather in the Kathmandu Valley, outside Kathmandu City, is mild and with fresh air. Chitwan makes an excellent volunteer experience in the winter time, otherwise, you’ll need to worry about things like it being too hot and malaria.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

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How to get the most out of your volunteer efforts?

Of all the questions I hear asked, this is probably the most common. We Westerners love to help people in less developed countries. The Africans figured it out a long time ago that social work is a very lucrative profession. And now, the Nepalis are catching on. A Nepali social worker who came over for tea last year encouraged my younger Nepali friend to get into social work. “There’s a lot of money in it,” he counseled. And this is the major problem in Nepal.

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