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After marrying early, 21-year-old Muna decided that two children was what she wanted for the time being. So she approached the Family Planning Association of Nepal for help.
"Before, the community had very little knowledge regarding HIV and there used to be so much stigma and discrimination"
Sajana Kergi is a peer educator at FPAN in Bhaktapur, Nepal, where she helps deliver a safe space for rural girls to openly discuss sexual health and sexuality.
Sharad Kumar Argal, FPAN Kathmandu Valley branch manager shares his story on how youth programmes are saving the lives of pregnant teens who feel like they have no options left but suicide.
Two years after the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, the village of Gatlang in the country’s mountainous north still lies in partial ruin. Families are still living in temporary shelters, unable to afford the enormous cost of rebuilding their old home.
High up in the mountains of central northern Nepal, not far from the Tibetan border, lies the district of Rasuwa. The people here are mainly ethnic Tamang and Sherpa, two indigenous groups with cultural traditions stretching back centuries. But these rich cultural traditions can come hand-in-hand with severe social problems, compounded by entrenched poverty and very low literacy rates.
“People used to shout at me when I was distributing condoms. They called me many bad things.” Rita Chawal recalls her time as a family planning youth volunteer for the Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN), Nepal’s largest family planning organisation, running classes on sexual health, safe abortion and contraception.
“When I was about to give birth, we called for an ambulance or a vehicle to help but even after five hours of calling, no vehicle arrived.”
Jomini, from rural Nepal, was just 16 when her parents forced her to marry a man 8 years older than her. "I didn't know anything about the physical side" she says, but IPPF provided family planning.
After noticing women in his community suffering, he took the initiative of opening a family planning clinic within the village.