29 Dec ‘Nepal Stories’ virtual photo exhibition
‘Nepal Stories’ virtual photo exhibition is finally online! The photographer and journalist Thibault Gregoire tells two of our projects funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.
from 29 December to 29 January – Click here to visit the exhibition!
Thibault Gregoire is a Belgian journalist specialising in development cooperation, he has worked for ten years for various NGOs and international institutions. In particular, he has carried out numerous field trips in development countries, notably in Africa. In 2002, he left Belgium for Benin and then Indonesia, working more and more as a photographer, notably for Unicef and Médecins du Monde. Back in Belgium in 2010, he devoted himself to contemporary dance photography. He now lives in Nepal. https://www.thibaultgregoire.be
#1 REDUCING FOOD INSICURITY AND IMPROVING LIVING CONDITIONS FOR WOMEN IN RASUWA, NEPAL.
Rasuwa, on the border with the Tibet Autonomous Region, is one of the poorest areas in Nepal and worst affected by the April 2015 earthquake. Most of the men have migrated to the Gulf countries to find work and send money to their families, leaving the women alone to look after their homes, land and children. Despite this rural exodus, which affects about 35% of men, Nepalese society remains strongly patriarchal and traditionalist. Even today, rural women in Nepal are illiterate and live in a socio-economic and cultural condition of subordination to men. The right to land is denied and they rarely have their own income, even though they work much harder than men. They take care of everything, getting up before dawn to clean the house, doing the heaviest work in the fields, raising livestock, cooking, educating their children.
In April 2019 ASIA, thanks to funds from the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, started the project “Reducing food insecurity and improving the living conditions of women and farmers in the Rasuwa district of Nepal” in this area.
The exhibition is the result of a reportage by the photographer and journalist Thibault Gregoire, who, after visiting the project in September 2021, wanted to tell about moments in the lives of the women beneficiaries of the project, their strength and resilience.
THE PROJECT – WHAT WE DID
- We have created income opportunities for 274 households, 135 of which are women-owned: 135 women were trained in property law, financial literacy, marketing and nursery management; 60 households were trained and accompanied in the start-up of beekeeping activities (60 hives and kits of safety and honey extraction materials were distributed); 79 households were trained in animal nutrition techniques. We have increased quality agricultural production through the creation of nurseries with irrigation systems:
- 4 nurseries with irrigation systems have been implemented;
- 6,450 vegetable and tree seedlings were planted in greenhouses;
- 4 planting kits were distributed: 180 packages of vegetable seeds, tools for the care of the nurseries. We started a reforestation and renaturation campaign in the buffer zones of Langtang Park:
- 9620 trees were planted in the buffer zones for reforestation;
- 3 Forest User Groups (150 households) were trained to start a reforestation campaign with the Park authorities.
Direct beneficiaries involved in the project: 2120 people (424 households)
#2 DRINKING WATER AND PROMOTING LIVESTOCK BREEDING FOR THE COMMUNITY OF BHOTEKOSHI, NEPAL
The old water system of the Saphukhane community was completely destroyed by the earthquake in 2015 and for four years was not replaced by any running water system for daily consumption and livestock rearing. The lack of direct access to water resources led to a dangerous reduction in average per capita water consumption, triggering a vicious cycle of degradation and poverty. It was no longer possible to adopt basic hygiene and sanitation practices, produce the quantities of cereals needed to meet household food requirements, let alone sell them on the market.
In addition to water shortages, there is also a lack of pasture and fodder for the Chauri (crossbreeds of yak and hill cow), due to the deforestation of the oak forest, which is now disappearing, and a lack of veterinary services. If pasture productivity does not improve, herders will start to abandon Chauri breeding within the next five years.
With the project “Improving the livelihoods of the Bhotekoshi community in Nepal through the construction of drinking water supply systems and the promotion of livestock breeding”, funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano and launched in June 2019, ASIA has supported these rural communities in order to foster the socio-economic development of these remote mountain areas.
The photographs were taken by photographer and journalist Thibault Gregoire, who travelled with ASIA to the Bhotekoshi area in November 2021 and highlight the everyday life of these rural communities.
THE PROJECT – WHAT WE DID
• The communities of Sapukhane now have access to drinking water: we have built 2 water systems and 11 public fountains.
• The hygiene conditions of the beneficiary communities have improved: we have trained 280 people in good hygiene practices.
• Livestock farms have been improved: we trained 30 farmers in proper husbandry practices and distributed 60 chauri (57 females and 3 males) to start quality herds; we identified 3 pastures and reforested them with 3000 new trees.
• The health conditions of the herds in the three communities have improved through training and support to public veterinary services: we have trained 30 farmers in animal disease management and carried out 2 public mobile veterinary clinics.
• The link between farmers and the market was strengthened: we carried out a marketing study, trained 30 farmers in dairy production and created 1 business plan for each farmer; we distributed 3 production kits to the 3 groups of chauri farmers.
Direct beneficiaries involved in the project: 942 people (144 families)