Widowhood is changing in Nepal

There’s a great blog I follow written by a young lady names Laura Spero who first went to Nepal in 2002 as a volunteer teacher in the rural village of Kaskikot, just west of Pokhara. In 20014 she set up a NGO called Jevaia that establishes sustainable dental care in rural village in Nepal.  Laura writes brilliant stories on life in rural Nepal and also writes short documentaries for PRI (Public Radio International – if you haven’t listened to their programming, then you are missing out bigtime!).

This 5-minute clip peaked my interest, as it tells the harsh realities of the many young Nepali men moving abroad for work, and the impact it has on those left behind.  This story also tells of the this new generation of Nepalis balances cultures and traditions with the modern world.

Hope you enjoy.

Widowhood is changing in Nepal

Bishnu Pande with her daughter Ayusha. Photo credit Laura Spero.

Bishnu Pande with her daughter Ayusha. Photo credit Laura Spero.

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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One Response to Widowhood is changing in Nepal

  1. kaskifriends says:

    Hi Kate, I just saw this one too! Wow, I’m so honored that you’ve shared my posts and stories. This topic of widowhood is one I really care about and I think it is not well reported. So thanks again. Cheers!

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