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Life skills, legal insights on child marriage, and sexual/reproductive health sessions empower girls significantly.

Anjali, a 16-year-old resident of Sohani Mujeliya in Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City, Ward No. 14, is currently in the 9th grade at Sohani Mujeliya Secondary School. Hailing from a middle-class family, Anjali faced an unexpected marriage proposal from her father, which left her concerned and taken aback. During this challenging time, Anjali found support and guidance from a girls' champion who conducted life skills sessions. These sessions not only offered encouragement and motivation but also covered crucial topics such as legal provisions related to child marriage and sexual and reproductive health rights. In these informative sessions, Anjali gained knowledge about the government law stipulating that marriage should only take place after the age of 20 to prevent child marriage, which is punishable by law. She also learned about the potential health consequences of early marriage, emphasizing that she was not yet mature enough for marriage from a reproductive health perspective, despite appearing physically mature. Additionally, Anjali expressed her aspirations for higher education and acquiring skills for self-reliance. The effectiveness of these sessions was evident in evaluating students' progress before and after. Empowered with newfound confidence, Anjali took the initiative to discuss the legal aspects of child marriage and its potential health consequences with her parents. She shared her ambitions for higher education and the importance of self-dependence in her life. Through effective communication and self-assurance, Anjali successfully persuaded her parents to reject the marriage proposal, allowing her to continue her education. Today, Anjali is thriving in her educational pursuits, attending school regularly. This underscores the critical role that life skills training, knowledge of child marriage laws, and awareness of sexual and reproductive health rights played in empowering Anjali to confidently lead and make informed decisions about her marriage through effective communication and negotiation with her parents.

A survivor of child marriage escapes social stigma through enhanced income.

Annu Kumari Thakur resides in Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City 4 and is a ninth-grade student at Sankatmochan Debsharan Ramrati Secondary School. She was selected as a lead student in the education program implemented by LIFE Nepal, supported by technical and financial assistance from Aflatoun International and Samunnat Nepal. After attending a 4-day training, she actively conducts sessions in her class, demonstrating her commitment. Before joining the program, Annu was reserved and hesitant to socialize. However, her participation led to a significant transformation. Her self-confidence has grown, communication skills improved, and she now comfortably engages with her friends. Notably, she has taken steps towards financial planning by opening a bank account in her mother's name, showcasing a newfound sense of responsibility for her future. Annu's positive changes didn't go unnoticed. She was elected as the president of the school-level children's club during its re-establishment, reflecting the admiration and support of her peers and teachers. The impact of this program has not only transformed Annu's life but has also influenced other lead students, creating a positive ripple effect in their lives.

Results of Income Generation, Cultural Entrepreneurship, and Micro-enterprise

Mr. Bhagat Mandal Kebat, who resides in Janakpurdham-15, has a physical disability. He engaged in cow farming with support from the project, using climate-adaptive livelihood practices. He manages to collect 7 liters of milk daily, which he sells in the local market. Additionally, he produces organic fertilizer and pesticides for vegetable farming using cow urine and dung. Mr. Ramcharitra Thakur, the husband of a person with a physical disability, lives in Aurahi Rural Municipality. He operates a salon as part of an inclusive cultural entrepreneurship initiative. Similarly, Mr. Habib Dhobi, who resides in Mithila Bihari Municipality and has a physical impairment, runs a clothing ironing business in the local market. In addition to this, individuals like Mr. Mohammad Yusuf, Mr. Ramsagar Mandal Khatwe, and Mr. Jibachha Mahaseth, who live in Janakpur, along with Mr. Sunil Mandal and Mr. Jainul Dhobi in Aurahi, all having physical impairments, operate grocery shops in the local market. Meanwhile, Mr. Ganesh Rajak, an inhabitant of Mithila Bihari with a vision impairment, manages a stationary shop in Tarapatti Bazar. Lastly, Mrs. Hiradevi Mandal, who also resides in Mithila Bihari and has a hearing impairment, runs a grocery and breakfast shop in the local market, with the assistance of guardians, as part of micro-enterprises.

BSF program ensured nutrient essential for child

The provided narrative describes the situation of Mohar Lal Ray, a laborer residing in Ward #6, Basbariya Rural Municipality of Sarlahi district. Mohar Lal supports a family of six members, including himself, his wife, and four children. The family's financial condition is weak as Mohar Lal's income is dependent on daily wages. Mohar Lal's youngest son, Yubraj Yadav, is 11 months and 15 days old. Due to their economic constraints, the child did not receive proper nutritious food. Mohar Lal learned about a nutritional supplement distribution program for children under two and pregnant/lactating women at Sahodawa Health Post, Basbariya Rural Municipality. A LIFE Nepal team, in collaboration with health workers and a Female Community Health Volunteer (FCHV), provided counseling to Mohar Lal about nutrition education and the Beneficiary Service Flow (BSF) program. The program aims to provide nutritious food to children under two and pregnant/lactating women. Mohar Lal expressed his gratitude, stating that he was initially unaware of the program until a neighbor informed him about the nutritional food distribution. Facing challenges during the lockdown and struggling to afford regular meals, Mohar Lal found it especially difficult to provide costly nutritious food for his 11-month-old son. He appreciated the support received from the BSF program, which provided essential nutrients for his child and the child's mother. In his words, Mohar Lal conveyed his happiness and gratitude towards the program and the LIFE Nepal team for their assistance during a challenging time, emphasizing how the nutritional support was crucial for his family given their economic struggles.

Impact of Flood Preparedness and Response Plan in Shahidnagar Municipality

Shahidnagar Municipality is recognized as one of the extreme remote and prone to flood in Dhanusha District. Every year, dozens of people die, and several goes missing due to flood disaster which ends up with human casualties, infrastructure damage, and agriculture production loss. Hundreds of houses are flooded, and people are displaced as well as domesticated animal and agricultural fields are inundated due to flood. It mostly affects Terai region of Nepal where more than half of the total population resides and is the hub for agriculture production. Therefore, floods are a serious problem specially in Province 2. There is fear and panic among the people due to flood hazards and lack of search and rescue materials. Therefore, LIFE Nepal in technical and financial support from UNICEF, implemented Flood Preparedness and Response Plan in Shahidnagar Municipality of Dhanusha District. The major activities were preparation of flood disaster management fund operation procedure by identifying risk areas including rescue materials management of shelter place in coordination and cooperation with Shahidnagar municipality. As a result, the municipality has currently a shelter in place, skilled manpower including information management in the state of readiness. According to the Mayor, the wealth loss has been decreased compared to last year. Also, the stakeholders were capable in implementing flood preparedness and response plan.