In response to the devastation caused by Covid-19, RUWDUC provided food, safe drinking water, blankets, and hygiene kits consisting of soap, shampoo, menstrual health pads, and toothbrushes to 35 pregnant mothers and 517 migrant workers in Nepal’s Kailali, Kanchanpur, and Dadeldhura districts. Additionally, RUWDUC offered online counseling to around 500 victims of gender-based violence as well as referrals to shelter homes.
Since 2018, RUWDUC’s ongoing scholarship program has distributed 332 academic scholarships to low-income students throughout Nepal’s Kailali and Dadeldhura districts. The majority of scholarships have been awarded to female students from lower castes.
RUWDUC’s Transboundary Rivers of Asia (TROSA) project provides water filtration systems to communities with limited and uncertain access to potable water. TROSA has also established disaster alert systems in vulnerable communities in response to the increasingly consistent—yet unpredictable—weather patterns associated with climate change. The project emphasizes the training and participation of women as managers of the disaster alert systems and leaders in water resource management throughout four districts along the Mahakali and Jogbudha rivers.
“Now we are working with the local government in the selection of development programs, budget allocation, and building the projects. It became possible because of the support and ideas we got from the TROSA program.”
— Lila Samant, member of women’s empowerment center
Read more about the project here.