Pravya’s Hope

*DG Village, Nepal

 

**Pravya is now 36-years-old. She didn't get the chance to go to school for her education when she was a child. Her parents were poor and there was no way to send her to school. She married at an early age and now has three children (one son and two daughters). They live with extended family, and Pravya has to look after her mother-in-law. Her husband labors and earns very little money. This is their way of life. His income is not for enough for their family expenses and their children's education. Pravya also has a great desire to study. Even though she couldn't go to school, her deep interest pushed her to join GHNI’s women’s literacy class. She is now able to easily read and write. GHNI is continuing our literacy class for women and children.

 

Pravya wanted to start a small business to support her family, but due to the little income of her husband, she could not start her business. But when she started coming to GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) class, she learned many things like the importance of education, safe drinking water, health care, sanitation, nutritional food, etc. She is happy with our TCD class. GHNI gave her a loan amounting to 5,000 rupees (about $45) to start her business and she is doing well now. She is very thankful and happy that GHNI helped her, and she is encouraged and doing better in their group. Pravya is one of the active members of the Economic Development committee and is like a shining star and encourager in her group.

 

A Short Term Trip volunteer team, led by GHNI CEO Hal Jones, came to visit DG Village in March. They went to farmers' houses and were encouraged and happy to see the cleanliness of the poor village. GHNI’s women’s literacy class, children’s education center, and wellness program are so helpful to the community. They could easily see the progress toward becoming a model village in the coming days. We saw new toilets constructed in the village where before there was not a single toilet in the whole community. Villagers have started small business stores, some started raising goats, and others started vegetable farming. All this transformation was so encouraging!

 

Shreeph & Sunita
GHNI TCD Worker

*For purposes of security, “DG Village” is a pseudonym for the village being helped by this project.