Impact of COVID-19 Empowering Girls in Nepal
“Empowering Girls in Nepal” is the Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland ( SIGBI )’s Federation project 2019/22 which is partnered with ChoraChori, a UK registered charity. This is a three-year collaboration between ChoraChori and Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland. The project supports rape survivors, trafficked and vulnerable girls as they rebuild their lives, empowering them through education and training into gainful employment.
For ChoraChori Nepal, 2020 has proven to be one of the most challenging years with the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus. To prevent and control the spread of virus, Nepal entered a total lockdown from March 24, 2020 to June 14, 2020. All training classes including production have been halted temporarily complying with the situation. However, daily activities have continued for all of the young girls (survivors) living inside the refuge home with help from residential staff.
Some of the girls have been returned back home to prepare for examinations from their homes only and tailoring classes and silver jewellery workshops are temporarily postponed following the Nepal governments lockdown measures to control COVID-19.
As all of the vocational trainees come from impoverished families, ChoraChori staff are keeping regular contact with trainees to check on their physical and mental wellbeing and are organising relief runs to provide basic food provisions to extremely poor families in Godavari, which includes previous vocational training beneficiaries.