Or : Empowering women of Nepal
4 novembre 2011
Location : Nepal
• Project description:
Twice a year EWN offers an intensive four-week Female Trekking Guide training Program. A free hostel facility is provided for the disadvantage rural women for the first 6 months of their paid apprenticeship program. The training follows on technical and conversational English, including First Aid (HIV-AIDS, STD, women’s health issue), leadership, women’s rights, trekking information, environment, history, geography, and culture. Their training enable them to lead, thus increasing their employment opportunities and self-sufficiency.
EWN opens a new pathway for Nepali women living in the rural areas, and traditionally deprived of education and economic opportunity. The EWN programs train women as guides for Nepal’s booming adventure tourism industry. However, female guides provide a sense of comfort and security that many travelers – particularly single women – do not find with males.
EWN received training funding from its business, outside foundations and individual donors. There are three elements that show that our project is sustainable in long term: the growing number of tourists, coming to Nepal; the high number of participations in our trainings, and the fact that gender discrimination is still one ofthe biggest problems of Nepali society.
• Impact on the field:
EWN has trained over 800 women to become trekking guides and assistants. During trekking season,3 Sisters Adventure Trekking employs over 100 female staff. 144 participated in technical rock climbing training and 12 women have received ice climbing training, out of which 4 women have received climbing training in Nepal and in Europe. Now EWN is jointly organizing Women Expedition for advance trainees. Over 100 trainees in West Nepal and other parts of Nepal are successfully running their own businesses. Over 50 trainees are now working part-time and supporting their higher education expenses. Some of them are working for various NGO’s and INGO’s in their local communities.
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