Gulab villagers prove that community action works in Nepal
In Kapilvastu, Western Nepal, the villagers of Gulab have proved that community action works.
What is community action?
Many charities around the world have found that communities which receive help in the form of handouts, become reliant on aid and the people providing it. But, with the right kind of support, communities can bring about lasting change for themselves. This is why INF's work in village communities focuses around Self Help Groups.
Gulab, in the Kapilvastu District of Western Nepal, is an example of grass roots community action that works. The group began four years ago and now has 27 members who meet fortnightly to discuss important issues that affect their community.
They talk about health and hygiene, ways to help people with disabilities, education, and environmental concerns. The group is also financially investing for the future.
how community action works
Community action works in a very practical way. At each meeting of the Gulab group, members donate 20 Rupees, about 15p, to an emergency savings fund. So far, they have saved over £180. The group recently decided to invest funds to build waterways throughout their village to drain away water during the monsoon season. They wanted to protect their roads and homes from the flood which tend to happen at that time of year.
The group had saved enough to pay for one third of the project’s costs and monsoon was approaching. So INF decided to help them by by buying the bricks and sand needed to do the work. Members of the group worked hard on the construction and the waterways were built within 12 days, just in time for the start of the rainy season.
The Gulab Self-Help Group wants to create a cleaner environment across the village through training sessions on health and hygiene. They also have plans to build a toilet for every household.