Today’s society is swarming with waves of new technology and modernization where everyone is connected to one another easily through different devices, but not for elderly. Although they have access to regular phones or even smartphones, they have to seek help from younger ones to be able to connect lines with their children, relatives or anyone else living at a long distance. It is not easy for them to call someone even in case of urgency.
With support from Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Reaping Hope completed the first phase of ‘Non-formal Education for the Empowerment of Elderly Women (NEEW) Project’ in Tudal Devi Temple, Baluwatar. The objective of the project is to introduce women of 50 years and above the basic education, in order to make them capable of identifying Nepali alphabets and numbers, and use new technology such as mobile phones.
RH hopes this small step can be beneficial to the elderly in coming days and is making arrangements to further expand this project to rural areas of Nepal.
We all know that women are the ones more responsible for handling daily household chores including water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for the family, at least in Nepal. However, the women in rural parts of Nepal lack proper knowledge about WASH, due to which entire family members’ health remain at stake. Similarly, women tend to be more vulnerable during emergency and disaster situations – this statement has been made clear by the recent humanitarian crisis events (2015 Nepal Earthquake and 2017 Nepal Flood) that claimed significant number of women lives. Furthermore, children are mostly a responsibility of their mother in a rural setting, because of which it is a must for women to have a know-how regarding disaster and safety during such events.
Taking into account all these issues, RH has incorporated Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and WASH components in the new NEEW project.
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