Celebrating the Festival of Color at Shelter Home

Holi (also known as Phagwah or Bhojpuri) is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon) in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu Calendar.It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day). The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah.The word Holi is derived from the word ‘Holika’, who was the demonic sister of King Hiranyakashipu and was burned to death with the help of Vishnu. Since then, Holi is commemorated as the festival of love. Holi marks the passing of winter and beginning of spring and is celebrated each year around the vernal equinox, the first day of the new season on the astronomical calendar. Generally, it falls between February and March. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
Holi frolic and celebrations begin the morning after the Holika bonfire. There is no tradition of holding puja (prayer), and the day is for partying and pure enjoyment. Children and young people form groups armed with dry colours, coloured solution and water guns (pichkaris), water balloons filled with coloured water, and other creative means to colour their targets. Everyone in open areas such as streets and parks is game, but inside homes or at doorways only dry powder is used to smear each other’s face. People throw colours and get their targets completely coloured up. It is like a water fight, but with coloured water. People take delight in spraying coloured water on each other. By late morning, everyone looks like a canvas of colours. This is why Holi is given the name “Festival of Colours”. It’s that time of the year when the streets are filled with colour-smeared people who greet each other with a dash of pink, yellow and green. Yes! It’s the festival of colours .Here is the celebration pictures of Holi at the Women’s Foundation. May God paint the canvas of your life with the colours of joy, love, happiness, prosperity, good health and success. Wishing you a happy Holi!

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In winter people shiver with cold.For those who cannot afford warm clothes or a blanket, they are fighting with the cold. People usually say that thousand of people die of cold, but we say that they die due to lack of warm clothes and blankets. Poor and helpless people sleep in rags at footpath and roadside and die of cold. These poor people sleep close to each other during cold waves but how one can sleep sound without blanket in such conditions. They shiver due to cold breeze all the night and some old age persons die of these waves. There are many under-privileged who cannot afford even a blanket and die – without a roof or cloth on their bare bodies – to add one more to the count of deaths in Terai region of Nepal due to cold wave every year. For getting relief from cold, The Women’s Foundation of Nepal distributed the blankets to over thousands of deprived, poor helpless families in the Mohottari (Province 2), Jhapa and Sunsari (Province 1), and,Sindhupalchowk (Province 3). Our team distributed the blanket to those needy people so that they can protect themselves from the cold in winters. To make this program successful, many people played their vital role directly and indirectly. We convey our gratitude to Provincial Assembly Member Ms. Sahshi Kala Dahal, APF SP Kumar Neupane, Inspector Aambika Karki, Shree Bibekananda, Head of Ward Bishnu Lal Chaudhary, Mayor Shree Dhurba Kumar Siwakoti and Assistant Mayor Pabitra Mahara ( Prasahi ) , Head of Ward Nagendra Sangraula and Ward member Tara Bhattarai, Provincial Assembly Member Rajendra Lingden, Head of Ward no. 1 Melamchi, Krishna Prshad Chaulagain, WFN branch office and its members; and all other people who are involved in this social cause. Leave a comment

December 10, 2017 – On the occasion of the 69th International Human Rights Day, the civil and social-cause organizations in Nepal celebrated with the theme “equal opportunities for youths and women: a base for prosperity and development.” The main goals of the program were to promote and raise awareness on the theme of human rights and freedoms.

Since 1948, the declaration and implementation of the UDHR has been changing the lives of people around the world who have been living in the shadow of inhumane policies and practices. On this day, each year many civil and social-cause organizations, including The Women’s Foundation, celebrate this political festival with rallies, workshops, seminars and awareness programs specially focused on the rights of women and children in Nepal. This year, thousands of people participated with enthusiasm in Human Rights Day programing.

The event evaluated the current status of the country’s fulfillment of human rights and discussed how to strengthen quality of life with a newly elected federal political system. Though the constitution has guaranteed the rights of people from all walks of life, rules are yet to be formulated in regard to the implementation of youth and women rights. From the political, social, and economic perspectives, we carefully considered how to bring women’s rights into practice. All of the organizations present at the program worked diligently to make a successful event. We are now lobbying for the human rights provisions required in the constitution which have not been effectively implemented yet due to some technical reasons.

We believe that our event will change the perspectives of the people here for safeguarding the rights of all people.

 

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The Women’s Foundation Nepal in coordination with the Election Observation Committee (EOC) Nepal has completed the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly election observations for the first and second election phases on 26th November and 7th December 2017. The EOC observed 72 districts out of 77 districts, of which the Women’s Foundation participated in observing in 15 districts. The Women’s Foundation has been observing different elections in Nepal since 1991 A.D..

The Women’s Foundation continues to grow with opportunities, such as assessing an electoral process according to international standards and best practices for genuine democratic elections. We believe in free and fair elections which strengthen the confidence of voters to participate freely and increase the credibility of the election results. Three hundred thirty-four Observers were appointed by the EOC from different districts, and among them, 90 observers were appointed from the Women’s Foundation with the responsibility of collecting and verifying information concerning the election process and further analyzing it from diverse perspectives. Our poll observers found the elections to be largely peaceful, with just a few infrequent clashes and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). According to the Election Observation Commission, the voter turnout was satisfactory with 62% in the first phase and 67% in the second phase.

Voting process began at 7 am (few polling stations started from 7:15 to 7:30 am) and all of the polling station closed at 5 pm (in some cases voting continued to 10 pm). The people were witnessed queuing up with visible eagerness to elect their representatives. Polling places attempted to accommodate physically disabled people, senior citizens, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and sick people; however, many difficulties for the above mentioned categories of people were still observed, including a lack of wheel chairs, presence of big ladders, absence of first aid, inadequate toilets etc.

All of the political parties and representatives, Security Forces, Election Officers and their teams, Observers, and Media personnel fostered a positive polling environment and

contributed in bringing the ballot boxes to the district headquarters safely. Only a few cases of IEDs within vehicles carrying ballet boxes were reported. After completing the second phase of the election on 7th of December, the vote-counting process began.

We hope that these elections will establish the Federal Democratic Republic through implementation of the constitution and also end the protracted political transition. This will be a milestone in implementing the constitution and bringing democracy back on track.

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Federal Parliamentary and Provincial Assemblies Election 2017

Update: Today 26th November 2017, Nepal is holding the first phase of Federal Parliamentary and Provincial Assemblies Election under new federal structure, which it adopted in 2015 with the promulgation of the new constitution by the cabinet. The first phase of election will covers 32 districts of the total 77 districts of the country. Correspondingly, the second phase is taking place on December 7 in 45 districts of the Terai and hills.

With the pre-poll violence on rise, the Government of Nepal has deployed Nepal Army Security personnel for the election who will be placed in the third or the last layer of security ring. . Around half a dozen small bombs were exploded in various parts of the country over the weekend targeting candidates, in which at least a dozen people were injured. Police arrested different rebels who were involved in the violence and anti-poll activities with excessive harms.

Different district staffs, members and volunteers of the Women’s Foundation are observing the first phase of the Federal Parliamentary and Provincial Assemblies Election 2017. The polls on Sunday opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. The vote counting of the elections will only start after the completion of the both rounds of election.

We courage for the peaceful election with voting rights environment!

 

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Women’s Hub Advancement at Jhapa & Sunsari: July-September 2017

The Women’s Hub Project is a joint commitment by the Women’s Foundation Nepal and the Global Women Project Australia to empower women in Jhapa and Sunsari of Nepal.  This project aims to empower women to become entrepreneurs, leaders alongside their male counterparts, and ensure they have the skills, experience, knowledge, and networks to succeed.

The flood 2017 in the districts obstacle different activities of the WHUB project. 400 families were supported with different relief materials as food, blankets, water, utensils etc. Members of WHUB were actively involved in relief distribution program in three districts in coordination with with different stakeholders and potential partners in preparation for distributing the relief to the flood victims.

In this 2nd Quarter the members in two working districts has been increased and now altogether we have 686 members. The WHUB team registered 12 VAW cases and supported morally and legally to fight for their right in Jhapa 1, Jhapa 2 and Sunsari. To empower women to become entrepreneurs and ensure their skills, experience, knowledge, and networks to succeed 11 women were provided loan for business, animal raising, poultry farming and agriculture as:

In order to provide the most benefit of the project, the project has been promoting the women participation in all the steps of project process. In short, the project have promoted women participation in all project process and activities to make sure they will get the most benefit from the WHUB project. To achieve the project objectives, the project team have work closely with the provincial administration, concern departments and ministries. This strong partnership will support the project management in the future project implementation in achieving the project target.

 

 

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WFN District Office Helping Hands for Flood Victims !

The three days heavy monsoon in Terai has killed 70 people and 50 people are still missing. More than 26000 houses are submerged under the flood water. Our district Offices at Sunsari and Jhapa are providing relief to the flood victims. The district office witnessed that the children, pregnant women and old age population are facing great difficulties. Alone WFN cannot provide the relief to the victims. So WFN is in need of support from our partners.

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Update: Our immediate rescue and relief in the adversely affected areas.

Renu Sharma (The President), Kamala Upreti (The General Secretary) and Sabita Budhathoki (The Treasurer) are actively working in Jhapa District Branch and Sub- Branch Offices and Sunsari. Because of the transportation barriers as the bridges had been flooded and they could not go to other district offices there. Also due to the electricity cut off, the communication, sending pictures and obtaining information has been impossible this time. With the support of WFN District Office members and other local people, the team is serving the people in rescue, moving them to safe place and providing reliefs which has been collected at the moment.


On 11th August, at Sunsari District Office there was a phone call at midnight i.e. 2 a.m. crying with fear for the help. Sushila Upreti, the coordinator of Sunsari district was shocked to get such a call from the member of the office and immediately called her neighbors and informed nearby Police station. When she came outside hearing such a news, she found the area was submerged with flood water. All the team members gathered there to help the sufferers and there was a terrible incidents that a boy was shocked with electricity and immediately run to the hospital. All the people especially pregnant women, infants, children and ageing population there, suffering a lot. In the early morning, the members from WFN district Office in coordination with other organization collected clothes, money and all other materials to support the victims. The help has been continuing in the affected places and the people, however we are seeking for more help that could relief to the survivor.


All the transportation, communication, electricity and other facilities has been obstructed by the flood there. Many children, women, pregnant women and their infants and ageing population are in high risk as death tolls of the mentioned population has indicated high percentage. Due to the carelessness of the government structures and the blockages in the transportation has created obstacles in saving and supporting people. The rescue management system seems very poor as before as they do not have any planning for the rescue, relief and rehabilitation. The WFN determined and working in the affected Terai districts and further seeking help to support the victims with tent, food, medicine, clothes and sanitary items for pregnant women and infants. Our first priority is rescue the life in the affected district along with relief materials and rehabilitation to the affected people there. As, the catastrophic environment increases health vulnerability, health facilities is another immediate need that we are seeking in the affected place

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Note: We are not able to upload the pictures and provide you the detail information regarding our services in this affected districts due to the various barriers ie. Communication, transportation, and electricity obstruction. We will keep on updating.

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Latest Update: Incessant Rainfall since Two Days Generates Havoc in Nepal

Nepal remains a priority for emergency response as the flood in all over the Terai Districts and Landslides in Hilly Districts has been producing high risk to the people living there. As many as 102 persons died in natural disasters including floods, landslides and inundation in 43 districts of the nation in the previous weeks where 22 persons are missing from the incidents while 58 are injured (The Kantipur, 9th August 2017). Floods triggered by incessant rainfall for the past two days in the Terai districts, tension has been high of losing people, livestocks, crops and properties where 34 people have been added confirmed death and many people are still missing.


The high risk districts has been outlined by the Home ministry, as Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Bara, Sarlahi, Banke. Panchthar. Dang, Sindhuli, Palpa, Bardiya and the flood has been entering nearby districts with high currents. The Annapurna Post news on13th August 2017, Sauraha with the Chitwan National Park too has reported of floods and the water is filling the district where approximately 700 tourists along with the inhabitants are there seeking for help and hundreds of hotels are ruined by flood water there. Also, the Biratnagar Airport has submerged under the flood water and as a result all the flights has been obstructed and cancelled.


Krishna Bahadur Khadka, officiating Chief District Officer of Banke said, “I made numerous attempts to open the doors of the barrage but failed. Later, I urged the home ministry to take necessary action” (The Nagarik News, 13th August 2017). In, 2000, India constructed a marginal embankment at Kalkalwa which changed the whole scenario. The embankment secured India but many parts of Nepal became prone to floods. This is the reason behind the massive flood on Friday and Saturday too.


Food products have been destroyed after the flood water gushed into the human settlements. Thousands of families have been taking shelter in schools and other public places. Cattle of many families have drowned and paddy planted in hundreds of hectors of land has been destroyed owing to the floods. Moreover, heavy rain is forecasted in central and eastern regions of Nepal for coming two days up to 14th of August 2017 (Government of Nepal, Department of Hydrology and Metrology, Metrological Forecasting Division,) and there is needed to be in alert position and be safe in all the places. Home Minister briefed to the Prime Minister that 80% of affected districts are submerged under the flood water and commanded all the government structures for immediate rescue, relief and support.


Picture source : The eKantipur, The Nagarik news,The Annapurna post,The Repulica and other Various news channel and social media .

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