People's Stories


Life of a differently able in Displaced Camp

My name is Raj Ghale and I am 59 years old. From past nine years I have lost my eyesight. In my family we are husband wife and a daughter. My daughter is studying in Kathmandu and my wife work as a labor. Our family is originally from Kispang Rural Municipality (Salme VDC, ward number 8). At the time of earthquake I was all alone in my home.  In radio I had heard that if earthquake comes you should go down under the table or bed or door. So by remembering it I accordingly crawled under my bed. I was rescued after few hours and after a week we migrated in Simbutaar Nuwakot.


Reconstruction Amidst Uncertainty

My name is Tesh Maya Gurung and I am 50 years old. Now I am living in the displaced camp of Mandre in Sulikot Village Municipality, ward no 2 with my son, daughter in law and grandson. My husband left me some twenty years ago and married other women.

After the earthquake of April 25, 2015 ramshackle my house I along with my family flee to this place. Before earthquake I had approximately 2 Ropanis of land where we grew maize, millet and potatoes which was enough to feed our family for a year. Similarly I use to rear goats which contributed extra cash money to run my househol


I Acquired Power Through Land

My Name is Dol Maya Karki. I live in Kisan Nagar of Mahottari district. Albeit I was interested in studying in my childhood my parents never sent me school due to poverty. My parents forced me to get married with a farmer- Netra Bahadur Karki of Bardibas ward-6 Kishannagar, Mahottari district, southern plain of Nepal. Comparatively, my husband's family was richer than mine. They had 2 hectares of land.  However, there was no happiness in my family because of having two mother-in-laws. My mother-in-law was not satisfied with my work at home. She always blamed me and did not help


JLO Increases Family Happiness

Early in the morning last 15 May, the VDC hall of Khayermara VDC of Mahottari was full. Men and women from different VDCs were seated in rows. In front were local leaders from different political parties, the VDC secretary, local school teachers, and representatives of other local organizations. A banner read "Samyukta Purja Sibir" (JLO encampment), piquing the interest of passersby. The event was a JLO camp organized in honor of the couples who already had JLO, in hopes that other couples would similarly be motivated to register for JLO.

Ten couples were recognized during


Equality Begins at Home

Fifty-year-old Jitendra Bhattarai lives in Karmaiya of Sarlahi with his mother, wife and three daughters. His wife Devmaya is 44. Jitendra and Devmaya are married for 28 years now. They have five daughters, two of whom are married and settled in Mahottari. Two of their daughters are studying in school and one of them is staying at home, helping her parents.

In a society that prioritizes boys over girls, it has been difficult for Devmaya who is a mother of five girls. Her 75 year old mother-in-law always wished to have a grandson. She often proposed her son to re-marry. This kept Devma


Dreams destroyed by the earthquake My house is destroyed where do I go?

Chetansheel Village Land Rights Forum, Dhaibung -1, Itpaare, Rasuwa's Chair Murali Nepali is very tensed. He is also a member of DLRF Rasuwa. He is 57 years old. His family consists of his wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter in law and 1 granddaughter. In 2057 B.S. he had made a house in an Ailani land. Belonging from a landless family since generations, Murali lived in Loknath Neupane's personal land prior to living in an ailani land. When he was not allowed to stay there for a long time, he asked for support from DLRF Rasuwa founder and Chair, Bhawani Prasad Neupane. As a result, he starte


Enhanced Power to Claim for Rights

In Bharatpur VDC, Mahottari there is a Sada community (Dalit). In 2010 DLRF Mahottari organized a meeting to establish a VLRF. Consequently, 27 households from the community came together to form the Ranga Lal Village Land Rights Forum in Bharatpur VDC-1. All of the community members earned their livelihoods through labouring. For a full day’s work each individual only received NPR 120 ($1.4) from the landowners. VLRF members organized a campaign to demand a wage increase. The campaign and subsequent rally saw other community members joining the cause and refusing to till the land