My husband went to find work,
and now I am alone to raise my children” – Sita, 29
Help empower women like Sita
Sita’s hopes for her children are simple: a good education and a safe future
Sita, from Nepal, is a mother of two raising her children alone. Because of narrow economic opportunities, her family was forced into poverty and the risks of hunger, deprivation and the pain that comes with it. Her husband had no choice but to move away, like many men desperate to find work, leaving women to look after the children and at risk of exploitation and abuse.
Striving for stability
Communities across Nepal are still recovering from the devastating earthquake that, in 2015, killed almost 9,000 people and destroyed over 600,000 houses. Since then, communities have been torn apart by poverty and many families have become more susceptible to exploitation and abuse.
According to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), with poverty comes risks to health and safety. It increases the risk of the violation of a child’s rights and is a driving factor for women forced into servitude and trafficking. Human trafficking and child marriage are just some of the dangers that families like Sita’s face in Nepal, jeopardising the safety of many people, especially women and children.
In the search for employment, stability and a better future, women like Sita can end up losing the very thing they’re trying to provide for and protect – their family.
Today, you can help empower and protect women and children living in poverty.
Sustainable livelihoods that keep families safe
Despite Sita’s efforts looking after the children, cooking, cleaning and also growing crops in other people’s farms to provide for her family, she struggled to make ends meet.
This was until she joined Caritas Australia’s Nepal Livelihood and Resilience Program. The program organises farmer field schools and trains people like Sita to gain the knowledge, skills and assistance they need to fight poverty and improve their lives.
Supported by people like you, this program enabled Sita to learn sustainable farming practices, budgeting and business planning. Through her journey with Caritas, she also had the opportunity to work in a farming cooperative that equipped her with essential skills and better farming methods to create a sustainable livelihood for her and her family. Later, she accessed a Caritas Australia supported low-interest loan so she could lease farmland and diversify her crops.
Now, Sita can provide for her family’s most immediate needs, as well as look forward to a more prosperous and productive future. Her children are on the right track: her daughter wants to study nursing, and her son, technical engineering.
Sadly, many women and children in Nepal are still living in extreme poverty, with the very real threat of exploitation and human rights abuses at their doorstep. That’s why they need your help.
By empowering women like Sita with the skills to improve their own lives, you provide the security that families need.
Women are transforming their communities
By building sustainable livelihoods close to home, families like Sita’s will not be forced apart in search of a better life. Self-reliance protects women and children from the risks of exploitation that can come with poverty.
As communities like Sita’s prosper, those who have moved away for work will be able to return. Husbands and wives, parents and children will be reunited.
Poverty can tear families apart, but you can bring them together. We each have the power to make a real difference.
Please make a kind donation today to provide women like Sita with the knowledge, skills and assistance they need to build a secure and sustainable future for their families.