ICA Nepal hosts Social Artistry training on Chhapudi and women’s health

Amid chaos, when the whole country is reeling under a fuel crisis owing to the unofficial blockade of the border points, we celebrated our biggest festival, Dashain, this month.

ICA NepalBuzz nepal-010 had been working with ICA Australia and various other generous people in order to build a permanent facility for people with disablities (PWD) at Disabled Service Center (DSC). At the end of October the facility has been completed and the members at DSC are all set to settle there. They are however awaiting the time to move in.

The devastating earthquake of April 25, which left the country shattered, had also destroyed the house in which PWDs had resided. With continuous effort of ICA Nepal and financial support from ICA Australia, in collaboration with various other generous donors, ICA Nepal started the reconstruction last month and now the construction is complete. The house which has six rooms altogether: two bedrooms, one for male and one for female, a toilet and a kitchen, was constructed using prefab technology and is earthquake resistant. The new facility can house 20-25 people.

On 4th of October, ICA Nepal in collaboration with the Saipal Cultural Art Centre, and Mr. K.B. Simple, organised a one-day Social Artistry Training on Chhapudi and women’s health. It was carried out in the farflung village of Hildim-9, Simikot, Humla. Chhaupadi is a very common practice plaguing the heavenly beautiful district of the Karnali zone and especially Hildam. Women are forced to live as animals for 4-5 days a month during their menstrual cycle which is known as Chhaupadi. The tradition is deeply rooted in the rural community and lack of awareness and illiteracy, are held responsible for the continuity of such an extreme tradition.

The training was aimed at raising awareness and collecting positive suggestions regarding women health and also minimizing the impact of Chhaupadi in the remote parts of Nepal. Altogether 33 women and 7 men participated in the training.

This post was written for ICAI’s monthly bulletin the Global Buzz, November 2015.