Archived: Nepal Climate change report case studies 

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Resource details

Affiliate

Oxfam GB

Resource ID

51938

Access

Open

Region

South Asia

Country

Nepal

Campaign

Climate Change

Use

Oxfam GB/International

Original Source

Oxfam GB

Date

25 August 09

Credit

Oxfam

Copyright

Oxfam

Caption

“Because we're working so much more we have to keep our children home from school” .."There has been no rain this winter, and the monsoon doesn't arrive on time any more. Four or five years ago we grew enough rice and wheat to eat for five months, now it is not enough for one month. Before we had lots of green vegetables, fruits and sugarcane, but now we can grow very little, only where there is water close by. ..I have three sons, three grandchildren, and two daughters-in-law. Whenever the fields don't produce enough they all have to do casual wage labour to make ends meet. We women are having to do more labouring as we can't make a living from the land, and the men have already had to leave to seek work in India. ..It is having an impact on our children's schooling - we try to protect them and .education is the first priority, after eating. But because we're working so much we often have to keep our older children home from school to look after the younger children and our livestock. Because we are spending more on food we are spending less on their education. ..Still now we don't know what to do to cope with these changes. We need some training and guidance, we need some support. Even if one or two women in the community could be trained in tailoring they could train the rest. We don't know what our best options are for the future."

Padma Bohora, Alatal Village Development Committee, .Dadeldhura District .

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