The women of Jhapa, Nepal
Each woman’s plan is a collaborative effort. Her needs, resources and goals are part of the planning process. At the conclusion of each assessment, based on needs, reality and resources, we sign an agreement about what action is to be taken and who does what to be part of the solution. Right from the start, women are involved in their plan and the need for working together rather than working for is emphasised. We regularly consult with the women about future program development and their contributions shape product development and the direction of Samunnat Nepal.
Samunnat began when Kopila Basnet and Gopal Khatiwada, Kul Prasad Baral, Yog Prasad Mishra, Kedar Pokharal and Jayadharma Pokarel got together to do something for women who were victims of violence. They formed the first Board and we are grateful to them for their vision. Like all boards, ours changes periodically but we are fortunate to have had a core of enthusiastic and loyal people who have been on the journey from the start. Our great joy is that we now have at least 50% board members who are women who have been through the program.