Entries under ‘Nepal’

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Olga’s Girls: Indentured Servitude in Nepal

Meredith May and Carlos Avila Gonzales of the San Francisco Chronicle report on Olga Murray’s work in Nepal persuading parents not to sell their daughters into kamlari servitude, by giving each family their choice of a piglet or a goat to replace the income and supporting the girls in school. Murray takes the long view; patiently, doggedly, she and her associates work to change people’s minds about the kamlari system. More than 4000 Nepali girls owe their education to Murray’s NGO, Nepal Youth Foundation. The positive effects of her work for the future of Nepal are incalculable.
Courtesy of The Pulitzer Center

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Swapping Crops

A 24-year-old farmer in Nepal decides to switch from wheat to bananas, against the advice of his father, because of the unpredictability of rains due to climate change.

Sanju Maya (left) and a friend at Hamro Ghar
Child Trafficking: Changing the Odds, Denying the Profits

The first thing I noticed about Sanju Maya – the first child rescued by GoodWeave in 2012 – was her hands. I met Sanju Maya only weeks after she was found by our inspectors in Kathmandu. At 11, Sanju Maya has the body of an eight-year-old and hands of an 80-year-old, scarred from countless hours [...]

Getting to Social Justice – Inch by Inch

This week at Media Voices, we are looking at the Dalits’ struggle for full equality and the incremental shifts that are taking place in India and Nepal. SOMO, the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, a Dutch NGO, has a follow-up on last year’s report, Captured by Cotton, on young Dalit girls working as bonded [...]

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Born Polluted

This Journeyman Pictures film traces the complexity of the constitutional crisis in Nepal, where the disadvantaged Dalit castes attempt to gain a seat at the table as the country engages in peace talks with the Maoist rebels.

Although officially abolished, Nepal’s caste system is still functioning. With the deadline for a new constitution one month away, is there any hope for the Dalits, the very lowest in the caste system?

Speaking with Maoist politicians and the disillusioned dalits, this report explores the harsh daily reality of the Nepalese caste system. NGOs may offer the dalits education and identification documents, but there is still a long way to go to pull Nepal’s lowest caste out of their inhuman existence.

© Stephanie Sinclair
Child Brides and the Promise of School

This week at Media Voices we have a film by Stephanie Sinclair, Too Young to Wed, about child marriage. Be warned: this film has some shattering images. In eight years of work in Afghanistan, Yemen, Nepal and Ethiopia (partially funded by National Geographic), Sinclair documented child marriage, which affects millions of children and very young [...]

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Nepal: Escaped from the Sex Trade, Unable to Go Home

Sold by her uncle into prostitution at age 15, Laxmi Bishwokarma escaped the brothels, but cannot go home. She rebuilds her life with the help of a NGO in this film from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting by Habiba Nosheen.

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Too Young to Wed

Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.

Over an eight-year period, photographer Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her multimedia presentation, produced in association with National Geographic, synthesizes this body of work into a call to action. See also the related article here (Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting)


Sangita was in 3rd grade when she was forced to leave school because her family could no longer afford the tuition. When her family lacked the money for basic necessities like food, Sangita had no other option but to travel to Kathmandu and work in a carpet factory to send money home. She was only [...]

Harvesting for Life
Harvesting for Life

This is a film featuring one of the pilot programs of the Junior Farmer Field and Life School program in Mozambique, run jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Food Programme. In these schools, AIDS orphans and vulnerable youths are taught agricultural and life skills to enable them to grow and sell their own food and take care of themselves in the absence of their parents. This film was produced by FAO in 2005. Since then, the JFFLS schools have opened in many more countries, including Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Gaza & West Bank, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

From Slave to Student, Narayan is One in a Million

While his elementary school peers repeated addition and subtraction drills in a classroom each day, Narayan wove knot after knot at a Kathmandu carpet loom. For eight years of his early life, Narayan was a bonded child laborer without access to education, toiling up to fifteen hours a day.

© David L. Parker
Children in the Brickworks – Photographer’s Notes

Throughout much of the world, bricks are fabricated by hand. This involves four basic steps: (1) mining the clay; (2) mixing or “pugging” the clay; (3) molding and drying the bricks; and (4) firing. Mud is dug in nearby fields using shovels, picks, a awls and hauled for mixing. During the rainy season the holes [...]