Empowerment of Women

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Himalaya Cookie project (tentative name)

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Sakulaligurans project

– Education and vocational training for girls in Nepal –

October 11th 2012 was the date of enactment of “The International Girl’s Day.” United Nation’s Children’s Day was enacted in 1954, but after 58 years, again, such date was established is that around the world, girls’ lives have not been improved.
It’s been more than 21 years since our organization began supporting Nepal. It’s been 11 years since Buddha Foundation as an organization started it’s activity. During these years, we have been watching the Nepales society closely, and surely the society has made progress. Aside from the urban areas, the farm villages, and mountainous areas’ women ‘s lives have not changed. This can be said to developing countries as a whole. The UN says the objective of enacting “Girls’ Day” is to raise the problem of teenage girls’ drop-out from compulsory education, forced to marry at early age, and human trafficking. These issues are truly the issues of Nepalese girls. I have met many girls who are in such tough situation, and thought of launching a project so that such girls can change their living. I’ve been engaged in projects to “change Japan,” but I’ve decided to put that aside and spend rest of my life with my husband to support Nepal. The project is “Education and vocational training for girls.” Miraculously, this project will start in the same year as “UN Girls Year”, and the project detail is as follows:

  1. Reading and writing of Nepalese, and mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
  2. Vocational training: making dress, and other small things.
  3. 6 months training by group of five (training fee will be paid).
  4. Living in dorm in Pokhara City (life training)
  5. Graduation production is vest (for exceptional student, sewing machine will be lent).
  6. Create supporting system

If these girls can sew vests which doesn’t have collar or sleeves, they will soon develop their dress making techniques to more complex clothe making. I believe someone will become successful and make their own company in the future.
**Jan. 2013  By Yuko Yamaguchi (then Director)

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~~The following is in translation~~

 女性の地位向上のための保育所支援

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ネパールの女性の地位は低く、特にお嫁さんは子を産み更に育てあげるまでは、苦労の連続です。農婦などは赤ん坊を背負って畑仕事へいくので、時には子どもが窒息死しているのにも気づかず田植えをしていたという悲しい事件もありました。
2004年4月、バラットポカリ村のガンダキ・ベシ保育所支援の訴えが、BFP次いでNGOヘラロアカデミーから我々ブッダ基金に提案されました。この地区の女性活動家アーマさんが、女性だけで資金を集めて建物をつくり保育所を始めたが、資金が続かず閉鎖されていたのでした。現地を訪れ実情を把握した後、私たちとアーマさんが契約書にサインしました。運営のための資金援助が開始されたのはそれからでした。管理はBFP次いでヘラロアカデミーにお願いしました。
毎年訪れては何がしかの特別援助もしました。水野理事は子供たちのためにとガスコンロを寄贈しました。保母さんは調理がし易くなったと感謝しておりました。私も子供たちに卵を食べてもらおうと、行くたびにポケットマネーから寄付したりしていました。
この保育所を卒業して小学校に入った子どもは、成績が抜群に良いとの報告も入っており、訪問して生き生きとはしゃぐ子どもの姿を見るのはとても嬉しく楽しみでした。
そして2008年末、この村は保育所を直接運営すると決定し、ブッダ基金は支援を終了しました。我々の支援で自立に成功した事業となりました。