Mondanda

Mondanda er centrum for Trianglens område i Syangja and kan nås efter 1 times kørsel i 4-hjulstrækker fra hovedvejen til Pokhara og Syangja by.

Der er 100 familier i landsbyen, hvoraf 10 er Dalitter og 12 Janjati.

Beboerne dyrker ris, majs og hirse, og desuden grøntsager, især hvidløg.

Der er en skole med 3 klasser, men sundhedsklinikken ligger et par timers vandring væk.

Geographical placement

The Name of village is Mondanda and it is located in Dhapuk Simalvanjyang Village Development Committee, Ward 9 of Syangja District, Western Nepal. The village is about 3 to 4 hours travel south of Pokhara. Syangja Town is about one hour’s drive south from Pokhara, a tourist area for trekking round Anapurna and other Himalayan mountains. From there it is a further 1 hour south by bus or taxi, then you have to cross a river called Andhi Khola by Bagere Bazaar and drive for 1 hour on dirt road up the mountains by Jeep.

Number of inhabitants

There are 100 families (about 540 people) in this village, female 260, male 280, children: girls 60, boys 72. Most households are Gurungs of Tibeto-Burma descent, who speak Gurung, there are also 10 Dalit NP-14 Mondandaprofile-

mondana12(untouchable caste) households and 12 Janjati households. Houses Janajatis (indigenous people) houses are permanent (brick or stone) home they use jasta (iron sheet) for roofing. Dalit house are old mud house they use the dry thatch grass for roofing and own little or no land

Main source of income

People grow rice, maize and millet on the steep terraces on hillsides. They also grow vegetables but garlic is grown by every households. Garlic is used as masala for vegetables and medicine. 10 of Dalit families and 4 others families have nothing but work as day laborers on other people's land for minimal payment. As many as 22 men have migrated to Gulf countries and India for work, as unskilled workers, and they send earnings back to their families.

School

There is one school with three classes. The school does not have tables and chairs and students lack teaching materials. Education in the village is generally low, and the teachers are not sufficiently trained. There are 52 girls (out of 60) in school and 70 boys (out of 72) go to school. Many especially Dalit families have difficulty paying uniforms, exercise books, pencils and school bags for their children.

Health

There is a health clinic about 2 hours´ walk on steep slopes - which is too long for emergency patients. There is a trained volunteer "health care" assistant to advise mothers about child care and care for minor injuries and problems. The health assistant lack the basic resources to provide treatment, such as plaster, disinfectants, bandages, pain relief pills, etc.

Village Initiatives

Women in Mondanda have created mother's group, and all the women in the village are members. Mother´s Group is active in building temple, foot road, toilets in the village. They need training in sanitation, hygiene and health.

The Youth Club’s priority is health and they also wanted a volleyball court with net and balls where they can organize tournaments.NP-14 Mondandaprofile-1

In early 2013, every household in the village has built smokeless cooking stove (made from mud, brick and dung) with earthen chimney. Thus the village is declared as “Smokeless village”, contributing to fire wood saving and reduction of smoke borne diseases to women and children.

The residents of Mondanda want help:mondana2

• to build toilets (materials for a toilet building costs approx. 1000 DKK)
• to get basic equipment for health assistant
• to establish a volleyball court with net and balls
• training to women capacity building
• to establish Information Center
• to the Scholarship distribution
• to the Plantation

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CVR nr. 33985339

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