Joty Sohi (Nepal)

Prior to her fellowship, Joty earned a BA from the Rutgers University and an MA from City University London. Joty interned at the British Red Cross where she educated London’s youth on International Humanitarian issues. Joty has also worked at local and State level organizations developing and executing programs for individuals with special needs. After the fellowship, she wrote: "It has opened my eyes to what it's like to work abroad for a smaller Non-profit. The best experience for me was to see through an actual project and get it done." Contact: jsohi@advocacynet.org



The Story of Ram Rai

22 Aug

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Meet Ram Rai son of Rina and Hem Rai. Ram’s family lives in
the Brick Kilns in Imadol, just outside of Kathmandu. Rams parents moved to Kathmandu
over 12 years ago from Indreni phokhari in the Khotang district. The family has
not been back to their village since arriving in Kathmandu.  Both parents work in the brick
factories year round. During the off seasons, when work tends to slow down, Hem
is required to find odd end jobs doing construction or other temporary labor
intensive work.  Ram’s family home
(Jhyauli) is right beside the brick factories. The factory owners provide housing
near the kilns for workers; rental fees are deducted from the employee’s wages.

Rams home is made up of one room that consist of two single
beds, a hot stove, and a 13” inch television, all cramped into a 5 foot tall
space. Living arrangements are incredibly tough; as if residing in a congested
room with 6 individual isn’t difficult enough. The family then has to deal with
sanitation issues; obtaining clean water is tricky at times, the bathroom is
roughly 500 meters away with 6 stalls that’s are shared by 70 families. Living openly
amongst such a large open community also opens up issues such as security and sexual
harassment.

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Rams parents said they realize that their living and working
have stayed in Katmandu working at the Brick Kilns for the sake of their
children. There hopes are that their children will have better lives then
themselves. That is why even though they don’t have much; no savings, and only
earning roughly 350- 450 NPR a day ($3.5-$4.5). They make it a priority to send
their children to school, for a better chance at succeeding.

Ram is one of four children. Their oldest daughter Seeta,
then there is Laksman and Ram who are identical twin boys, and Ponam who is the
youngest daughter. Three of the four children are currently attending school.  Ram although is only at the young age of
12, understands how important his education is. Ram is treasurer of Melmilap
child club, gets good grades, and always attempts to make homework a priority.
Which he says can be difficult at times when his family needs his assistance
making bricks before and after school. 

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Posted By Joty Sohi (Nepal)

Posted Aug 22nd, 2015

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