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Kanda Tranformation Campaign

Kanda is a remote village under Rapti-13, Chitwan inhabited by around 1150 marginalized and underprivileged “Chepang” community. The Chepangs are one of Nepal’s most disadvantaged indigenous groups classified under the ‘highly marginalized’ category. The Chepangs of Kanda had very little know-how of any sort being deprived of basic and fundamental rights. They were in a condition of extreme misery, deprivation and hunger.

These subaltern people "Chepangpeople" with semi nomadic lifestyle were striving of hunger and suffering from extreme poverty whose voice is unheard by the planning commission and state/non-state mechanism. They Chepangs of Kanda don't dream of good food but they worry more just for filling their belly or feeding their hungry children. For more than 6 months of the year, they rely on forest food. They heavily depend on the wild foods for their subsistence living. They collect root crops, herbs and fruits from their nearby forest and stream bank. Wild foods like Dioscorea deltoidea and Urtica dioca are linked with their traditions and cultural identification. It was usual to spend night with empty stomach. During March/ April, they even used to satisfy their hunger by eating Rhododendron petals.

Today also, an expecting mother runs towards jungle when her labor pain starts because she lacks a piece of cloth that could wipe her baby. She delivers a child on the dry leaves; the same leaves serve as the wiper and the wrapper for the newly born baby. The child mortality rate is high and those who survive suffer malnutrition. Students used to come to school not to study but to eat tiffin (Lito made of flour and water-a semi solid food, distributed freely by the government), provided by the school.

Basic needs, basic rights and declaration of human rights are far cry to these people. The suffering of Chepang is heart rendering but we think that the situation could be changed. We believe that transformation is possible together.

Our Effort:

Considering the issues there, in the first phase, we supported the community with basic necessities of life including food, clothes, utensils etc. In the second phase, we started building the new houses for each households having perceived that they were in urgent need of proper shelter being forced to live in the house in wreckage. In their active participation and by using locally available materials, 72 new houses have been built so far. With the introduction of solar lights, now Kanda village is luminous in the dark, which they had been hardly accustomed before.

Our focus now is to enable the Chepang through the training in agriculture, animal husbandry and other activities so that it would boost their economic condition simultaneously solving the problem of malnutrition and famine and the scarcity of food will be solved in a sustainable way. In the major ambitious project at Kanda, the foundation has built and has been running a well-facilitated free hostel with the provision of proper food, clothes, books and other stationeries where 164 Chepang children are residing in friendly atmosphere where they can continue their learning and education without any hindrance.

Laxmi Pratisthan's activities in Kanda are as follows:

1.   Construted a well-facilitated hostel and operating the hostel where 164 Chepang Children are residing.

2.    Established and operating a free health clinic.

3.   Distributed seeds of beans and potato tubers and introduced organic farming method in the village.

4.     Delivered skill development training in the field of masonry and carpentry.

5.     Distributed solar panel sets to the all 115 households.

6.     Distributed fruits plants according to topography condition for self reliance.

7.     Finished construction of 72 houses for Chepang Families.

Kanda Tranformation Campaign, Photogallery