Many faces of stigma by Krishnamaya Upadhayay

Uttam Devkota, 28, is a community medical assistant and was deployed at the Tila quarantine facility in Jumla for 22 days. “I looked after the sick and the neglected,” says Devkota. Before he wrapped up his work at the quarantine centre, his two colleagues tested positive for coronavirus. Fortunately, Devkota’s test was negative. “I knew […] Grantees 2020 Announcement – Round 2

  For the last two months Photo.Circle 2020 grantees have been reporting from all over Nepal. You have read stories from Jhapa by Parwat Protel @parwatportel7 , from Jumla by Krishnamaya Upadhayay @purnimashahi572020 , Padam Bhatta @padambhatta255 has been reporting from Kailali, Nitu Ghale @eastern_keen from Lalitpur, and Madhuri Mahato @mmhisimmy from Parsa. Check @nepalphotoproject […]

On maternal health by Madhuri Mahato

Puja Devi Paswan, 33, of Bagahi, Parsa, had a baby two months ago. She lives in a hut with her husband. Her kitchen has the bare minimum–there is a stove in the middle of the room, a bed on the side. What she worries about her pantry–it is running low on basic food supplies. “We […]

The digital divide – III by Parwat Portel

For 20 years Ramesh Kumar Dahal, 50, has been in classrooms standing in front of blackboards teaching the next generation. Lately, however, a smartboard has replaced the blackboard. When Dhulabari Secondary School switched to online teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dahal needed to adapt to this sudden change in the teaching module. “ I […]

The digital divide – II by Parwat Portel

It is 8:30 AM and Janaki Kafar, 16, of Mechinagar, Jhapa has just finished cleaning the local Hanuman Temple. At exactly 9 AM, local children gather around, set jute mats and sit. They pull out their notebooks, books, pens. Janaki turns on the radio and for the next two and a half hours the students […]

The digital divide – I by Parwat Portel

Garima Niraula, 15, was in the middle of the ninth grade when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down her school in Jhapa. For three months she didn’t have much to do and worried about her future. Good news came late in June when her school, Dhulabari Secondary School decided to start online classes. Classes start at […]

The digital divide by Parwat Portel

In late March when Nepal went into lockdown to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, educational institutions across the country shut down. For four months Nepal’s 8.2 million children were unable to attend school. Even before the pandemic, Nepal’s education system was already in crisis with low graduation rates, low attendance, high drop-out rates, insufficient resources, […]

Farming in the pandemic by Nitu Ghale

Shashikala Rai, 45, moved from Bhojpur some eight years ago and has been selling momos to support her family. The government-imposed COVID-19 lockdown and fear of infection have meant that her momo stall has to remain shut until it is safe again. Not one to stay idle, Rai started planting vegetables, millet, maize, and soybean […]

Pandemic stigma by Krishnaya Upadhayay

Saru Nepali, 19, was concerned for her husband Lokesh Nepali’s safety when Nepal and India went into lockdown in late March. Lokesh arrived home in Bohoragaun, Chandannath Municipality in Jumla after a tiring six-day journey from Uttarakhand, India, but it was unclear where he was supposed to go, so Lokesh headed home to his family. […]

Test and isolate by Padam Raj Bhatta

TEST AND ISOLATE: Two migrant workers who recently arrived in Kailali from India were tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. They were asked to isolate at home because they were asymptomatic. As cases increase, the local hospitals are unable to house all positive cases in isolation wards. Seti Hospital in Kailali has only 50 beds, […]