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Bhitri Sundarta Leaders in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Bhitri Sundarta Leaders in Kathmandu, Nepal
Inner Beauty.
 
Bhitri Sundarta clubs have been started in Nepal to teach girls about their potential, show them that they have inner beauty, and encourage them to reach their goals. This week I have heard stories of young girls finding hope, understanding their worth, and coming together to stand against those who have abused them.
 

We had the pleasure of meeting a couple of the ladies who lead their own Bhitri Sundarta clubs, Sunita and Gita (names have been changed for the protection of the club facilitators). These ladies have taken the Bhitri Sundarta curriculum directly to the children in their own neighborhoods. Often meeting in an open field, they tell stories and share lessons with these girls on what to do if they’re being abused, pursuing their dreams, their self-worth, and how to be good friends. Sunita and Gita (who lead their clubs weekly) shared about how the girls have opened up to them, many of them admitting they didn’t know they were being abused by family members because they didn’t know what abuse was. Children, even boys, run to greet these women (often against their parents permission), glad to have someone to talk to and give them advice.

 

Sunita’s club consists of 30 children, all who are from different religious backgrounds but who have a common need to learn about understanding their self worth and setting goals for their futures. Although finding a permanent location for the club is difficult and many of the children’s parents don’t approve of their participation, the club has been running for seven months now and they have started Book 2 of the curriculum. Sunita described one of the greatest successes of the club thus far as helping the girls to become more confident and raise their voices. She said, “they are asking more questions and becoming empowered”. This is a great achievement as girls in Nepal are not regularly encouraged to speak out or empower themselves. Sunita also said that she has learned many things herself as a club facilitator, having grown personally from the lessons that she teaches.

 

Gita was inspired to help girls in her community after receiving training on girls empowerment from a Daughter Project Lead Coordinator in Kathmandu, Nepal. Although her club meetings were interrupted by the recent earthquake in Nepal, she has started back up again and currently has nine girls in her club, ages 4-14. The girls in her club have many questions about abuse and are learning more about how to prevent it. They are also happy that the club is exclusively for them (no boys allowed)! Gita says that she would like to become more aware of how she herself is setting an example for the girls in her club, and more actively showing them what it looks like to become a woman with purpose.  

 
Ruthie Hozan, Direct Good Network Facilitator
 

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