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Nepal

28.3949° N, 84.1240° E


PARTNER

Global Girl Project
www.globalgirlproject.org

FOR

8 young women
15-18 years old

LOCATION

Kathmandu, Nepal

WHEN

Aug 7 - Aug 17, 2018


The HER Global Zine Project partnered with Global Girl Project for their fourth annual international exchange program for at-risk, socially minded young women from around the globe. In August 2018, we worked with young women from Haiti, Sierra Leone and Nepal as they created projects to positively impact their communities back home with a $100 project implementation grant funded by generous donors from our iFundWomen campaign.

 
 

 

WORKSHOPS 1 & 2

Creating a Brand

The girls were on the ground for several weeks incubating their projects with our NGO partner Global Girl Project. With their topics already identified, we were able to work with each girl to create her project’s brand. Each girl started to see her brand coming together as we digitally designed her hand drawn logo and discussed her project’s mission, values, and founder story.

 
 
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WORKSHOPS 3 & 4

Crafting the Zine

We worked with each girl to translate her project plan into a zine: a creative expression to document and share each component of her project.

 
 
 
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A DAY WITH THE HOST SCHOOL

How Will You Fly?

We met 50 girls, 10-16 years old, from the host school to create a space for creative expression and discussion. Our workshop centered around two questions: 1) What challenges do girls face in your community? 2) To face these challenges, what quality do you wish all girls would embody?

We heard the same topics keep coming up: Boys are given priority. In rural communities, girls must stay in a dark room while menstruating. For some cultures, it’s considered good luck for the husband to marry a girl before she gets her period. And yet, these girls were creative, articulate, and clear about what they needed to create change: education, confidence and strength.

 
 
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UNDERSTANDING CONTEXT

Village Visits

We make it a point to visit the homes of some of the girls so we can better understand their context. Of the girls from Nepal, 2 scholars are from a remote mountain village which takes 4-5 days to reach. While we couldn’t go to their home due to time constraints, we visited a closer village. We learned that because many of the villages are so remote, they must be self-sufficient. The village we visited is rich in agriculture. Knowledge of natural remedies cultivated over generations is handed down. We passed by a school with outdoor classrooms.

 
 
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A NOTE FROM ALL THE SCHOLARS

“We need to be proud of being a girl.”

“No matter your social class or education level, as soon as you have the dedication to accomplish a few things, you can do it.

We know it is too hard for women to make it up, but we have to try to achieve our goals.

We are stronger than we think!”

 
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