WHO IS LATA KOIRALA?
Lata moved from the village of Solukhumbu based in the Mount Everest zone at the age of 11 to Kathmandu. Although education is not a priority for girls in the village, being disabled, Lata’s family felt that her education was now a priority as it was unlikely that she would get married and therefore needed the means to be able to support herself. Having moved to Kathmandu, Lata struggled with the tough life of living in hostels where she stayed for 12 years. At the age of 23 Lata met her husband to be, Christian Kaesler. They married in 2014 and together planned to introduce many initiatives to help the less fortunate in Nepal. These initiatives didn’t bear fruition before Christian sadly passed away in 2015. Being disabled and now a widow at the age of 24, Lata is now further disadvantaged in a country which discriminates against and provides no governmental support for people who are widowed and those with disabilities. Having now overcome these challenges, Lata is ready to implement the initiatives she had put together with her late husband Christian and continue the good work in his legacy under the Koirala Kaesler Foundation.
Currently Lata is living in Kathmandu running various projects.
Children and WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Projects
The woman in this photo is called Pubi. She is currently 24 years old and comes from a distant village called Humla. We want to share her story as our mission is to give the necessary help for her proper recovery and living. This is her story. She grew up in a family with 17 […]
This little girl is called Ritu, she’s four and a half years old and from the very remote village of Humla in Nepal which is only accessible by helicopter and then a two day trek. She is the youngest of 8 girls to a single and disabled, homeless mother. Her mother could not afford to […]
This is Pabrita, she is 27 years old and from Kailali- a really remote area of west Nepal. She married her husband at 16, unaware that she would be his second wife. Shortly after marriage her husband disappeared and only returned occasionally to make child. She currently lives in a shelter with her 9 year […]
As one of the poorest countries in the world, patriarchy is deeply ingrained in Nepalese society and in Hindu religion. Boys are favoured over girls to get an education and inherit land. Whilst the male literacy rate is 71.6% (comparatively low to the rest of the world) it is only 44.5% for women. Women need education. Without it they will likely be married young and be dependent on their husbands or families who may take advantage of their dependence and vulnerability. It is common, for men in rural areas, despite being ilegal, once their first wife has given child, to find a second wife. This often leaves the first wife and her children vulnerable to being pushed out of the house and left on the street. 13,000 girls are being sexually exploited in Kathmandu. As many as one in every five Nepali women experience physical violence and one in 10 sexual violence. Nearly 1 in 10 adolescents aged 15-19 experience physical violence during pregnancy.
Even though Nepal has invested and ameliorated the condition of children rights since 1970’s terrible reports, we can still see Nepal in rank 157 out of 187 countries in the 2011 Human Development Index. Only seven out of ten children enrolled in grade 1 in Nepal’s schools reach grade 5, and more than half of them drop out of the school before reaching the lower secondary level. Approximately 620,000 children aged 5-17 are engaged in hazardous work. Two thirds of the children are still deprived of at least one of seven basic needs. 34% of nepalese children are involved in some type of child labor ranging from agricultural work to commercial sexual exploitation. 24,000 children under the age of 5 die in nepal each year, with an infant mortality rate of 40 deaths for every 1,000 live births. Nearly 2 million children were affected by the earthquakes in 2015, which has left 320,000 children homeless.
The Koirala Kaesler Foundation is in place to support these women, whether they might need legal support to claim part of the house they once owned, education and training so that they might be able to provide for themselves and their children, or simply a safe community of friends where they can speak freely about what they may be going through. The Koirala Kaesler Foundation is also a place which provides a home to street, orphanage and other vulnerable origin children. As well, programs to fund the studies including the utensils of children from low income families. The main target is to aid, support and empower women and children, but also a variety of side projects ranging from recycled bag-packs to cooking classes in Himalayan region are promoted.
Please donate now so we can continue to support these women and children until a more equal society in Nepal has been achieved.
TEMPLE TASTE AND TREK
Droplets of sunshine fall through the overhead canopy of leaves and branches, creating a dappled carpet on which to walk. Silence reigns, apart from the buzz of insects and the songs of birds. The incessant hum of city traffic has faded and life seems to be on-hold as we stand still and silent in a small clearing in the jungle.
We are in the Shivapuri National Park, a mere 25 km north of the bustling city of Kathmandu, and situated at the foothills of the Himalayas.
Since leaving Narayanthan Temple in Budhanilkantha some 30 minutes ago, we have followed the winding path ever upwards on the easy trek to our destination: the village of Dada Guan in the midst of the forest at an elevation of 2000m.
After about one hour’s trek, we emerge from the forest to the warm welcome of Didi, (older sister in Nepali), our host as we learn to cook the infamous dal bhat, Nepali style!
We at the Koirala Kaesler Foundation Nepal, organise and arrange regular visits to the village of Dada Gau, as the culmination of our unique programme: ‘Temple, Trek and Taste’ departing from the renowned ‘Narayanthan Temple’ (Sleeping Vishnu) in Budhanilkantha.
Bookings and further information can be obtained from Lata Koirala, founder of ‘Koirala Kaesler Foundation’ and instigator of this and other programmes, the ultimate aim of which is to assist and support women in-need. The individuals with whom you will interact, are all being supported by your participation in this programme. We thank you for your wonderful support and hope you have an enjoyable experience.
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HAND MADE PRODUCTS
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Want to get involved? Volunteer with us to help make a home for our children, support our women, and learn about true Nepali culture from the beautiful hills of Budhanilkantha, (in Kathmandu). As a new, local, grass roots charity it is our aim to be open and direct about what we do and where donations go.
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