Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal) is a national network. It is an autonomous non-governmental feminist social organization working for the rights and social justice of rural women, youth and children in Nepal since 2007.The organization was registered in district administration office, Sindhuli, the Internal Revenue office (PAN/VAT), Janakpur and in Social Welfare Council (SWC), Nepal for its legality.
RUWON Nepal has implemented a number of projects across the country. It supports the women as well as children and youth especially from excluded, marginalized and disadvantaged communities of rural areas. It has also developed a network with different women organizations as its member organizations. The intent of this network is to achieve sustainable and equitable development through social inclusion, advocacy and empowerment mechanisms.
RUWON has the vision for a society that is based on gender equity, human rights, good governance, democracy and peace.
RUWON Nepal strives to contribute for the economic and social development of the country at local, national and international levels by empowering grassroots women and marginalized people through awareness, education, fundamental rights and advocacy.
RUWON's goal is to contribute to the sustainable development in Nepal by empowering marginalized women, children and youth through gender equity, good governance, democratic practices, human rights, and volunteerism.
- Advance women's rights through advocacy and trainings on 1325, 1820, BPFA, CEDAW and EFA.
- Increase in the number of economically self-reliant, skillful women.
- Women who will be active in, modern agriculture and prevention of environment programs.
- Prevent trafficking and prostitution through education, economic empowerment andawareness programs.
- Established a Women and Girls Educational Fund (WGEF) for the needy girls and women for their education, leadership, IT training and livelihood.
- Support the children who have lost their parents with home and proper education, love and care.
- Provide health awareness and support for the rural women and children
- Support women and children to access quality services that ensure their human rights.
- Capacitate RUWON's volunteers and network member organizations through training, networking, exchange visits and sharing good practices and ideas at local, national and international levels.
Overview of Earthquake
On 25 April 2015, at 11:56 local time, devastating earthquake of about 7.9 magnitude struck in Nepal, with epicenter in Barpak VDC (15 KM depth) of Gorkha District (north-west) of Kathmandu; south of China border. This tolled thousands of death and injuries leaving millions of people displaced from rural hilly areas and Kathmandu valley. Many aftershocks were continued and majority of population remain outside the house at least for 4-5 nights. The districts of Western and Central Development Region including Kathmandu valley were highly affected by the earthquake. Most affected districts are Gorkha, Lamjung in Western Region and Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Kathmandu valley in the Central Region. Several villages were collapsed in rural areas; collapsed and damage of public and historic buildings in Kathmandu valley.
According to the report by the government , total death -8631, Injured-16808 and missing-375, government building fully destroyed -926, government building partially destroyed -3093, public house fully destroyed 494717, public house partially destroyed 267373, people displaced/affected 4.15 million, schools: 16475 classrooms and 1436 toilets at 6902 public (government) schools are destroyed across the country.
Why RUWON involved in relief work:
After the terrible earthquake 2015, we are actively support the people in affected areas of Nepal. Till today we reach Sindhupalchock, Kavreplanchock, Rasuwa, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhuli and Okhaldhunga districts and support the most affected families, schools and students by providing foods materials, health and sanitation kits, tents, mats for the affected families and school uniforms, bags, stationary, whiteboards, markers, duster and marker inks for the schools and school children.
Our focus for work is especially for women, girl children, and youth girls. We are very touched daily life of the every people in the ground level. From our eyes we see the new mothers, baby children, even older citizen are in high risks, they do not have the basic food to survive. We found many places babies were crying because of hunger, it makes us very pain and we got so many calls from different areas of rural parts of the country. So forget our objective and became active to support the needy people from our side.
Working around the three weeks in the food distribution we found that children are not going to the schools and parents do not care for this. We ask children why you are not going to the schools they said us we do not have the schools uniforms, stationeries and books to go to the schools. And we found schools are also damaged, we ask parents why you are not caring your children education and they said us that food, shelter is their main priority. So we focused our activities to support the school going children for their basic need to continue the school. Till today we reach Sindhupalchock, Kavreplanchock, Rasuwa, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhuli and Okhaldhunga districts and support the most affected families, schools and students by providing foods materials, health and sanitation kits, tents, mats for the affected families and school uniforms, bags, stationary, whiteboards, markers, duster and marker inks for the schools and school children.
Objective of the relief work
- To reach the affected ground
- To identify the real affected people
- To create the hope to them by providing the relief items
- To support the poorest of the poor of the affected communities
- School children from the ground got the support
- Supported the people in different communities by providing the food items, mats, tents etc
- New mother and the pregnant women got support
- Government (communities) schools got support
- Through our support people have the hope and it helps to minimize their pain etc.
Our Support details-
- After the terrible earthquake we are able to support 13700 people in different parts of the country by providing the food items, mats, tents, and other household materials.
- We have supported 4300 students in different schools of different villages of Sindhupalchok, Kavrepalachock, Dhading, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhuli, and Okhaldhunga districts by providing them the school uniforms, school bags, stationaries (including notebooks, pens, pencils, easers, sharpners etc).
- We have supported 11 different public schools of the same districts by providing the whiteboards, markers, dusters, marker inks etc.
- We are able to support the 675 new mothers, their babies and 346 pregnant women in different villages of the same districts. We have provided them the clothes for women and babies, nutrition kits,hygiene kits etc.
- We have supported the different three schools in Kathmandu and Sindhupalchock districts to built the Temporary Learning Center (TLC).
We want to continue our support-
We are very touched daily life of the every people in the ground level. From our eyes we see the new mothers, baby children, even older citizen are in high risks, still they do not have the basic food to survive. We found many places babies were crying because of hunger, it makes us very pain and we are getting so many calls from different areas of rural parts of the country.
Thousand of people are in need, thousand of women are looking our support, So many schools and very needy children are waiting our support for their education.We want to continue our relief work BUT we do not have fund to support them.
If you are interested to support them through RUWON Nepal please contact us directly,
Ms. Goma Devi Bastola Mr. Dhruba Prasad Ghimire
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