The Society for Health, Environment and Women's Development (SHEWD) is a non-governmental not-for-profit grassroots organization working in the rural Lalitpur district of Nepal. The people of the Lalitpur district are among the poorest in the whole country. The majority are farmers and craftspeople with an average annual income of less than 250 USD. This income clearly falls below the UN's poverty line of 1 USD per day.
Malnutrition, inadequate housing, illiteracy, lack of educational and vocational training for young people, unemployment, and lack of proper healthcare are just some of the problems residents face.
There had been only little not-for-profit intervention in the area until 1998, when local villagers decided it was time to take action to combat the poverty. Since its founding, SHEWD has been dedicated to working for the interests of the poor on issues of health, income-generation, environment and women's empowerment. Today, our NGO has a board of 8 and over 60 local volunteers. Our entire staff works on a voluntary basis, meaning all funding flows directly into our projects.
One of the many villages only reachable by foot
Support our women:
By buying our high quality fashion items you will directly support the women involved in our HIPKNIT project. In order for the women to be eligible for participation, they have to attend the free basic literacy programm organized by SHEWD and commit themselves to sending their children to school. The women will receive a well above average salary and remaining profits will directly be reinvested into expanding the HIPKNIT project, as well as, other community projects from which the women will profit as well.
Rural Woman's Health Camp
Supports by our honaorable volunteer Marion de Castilla, France
We greatly appreciated her effort raising the funds selling our handicrafts products.
!!!!!!!Let's join solidarity for the woman's Empowerment!!!!!!