The term Dalit literally means "people covered with mud", in the nepalese context instead being a Dalit person means being untouchable. Dalit people in Nepal can't be touched by anybody, they can't access medical care, they can't attend public events or eat at the school or work canteen.
Nepal has a strong patriarchal society where women have very little rights. As stated in the old text called "Vrddhacanakya" there are only 3 virtues that belong to women: looking after the house, having children and die together with her husband.
In such a context took place the project "Dalit Women" implemented by GRT and FEDO - Feminist Dalit Organisation, a local NGO founded by Dalit women in order to fight sexual discrimination and the caste system. Both GRT and FEDO have been working with a similar methodology: they choose the beneficiares and create local groups which work in specific programs.
The primary goal of this project have been the improvement of the conditions of the Dalit caste, with particular attention to education and knowledge acquisition.
The main beneficiaries of this project have been the Dalit women and the whole Dalit caste.
The main results obtained by this project have been the donation of 18 scholarships, 6 of them to train Dalit teachers, 6 to train health personnel and the other 6 to train law students on human rights.
In addition to the scholarships, this project managed to introduce a fund for the production of leaflets, brochure and informative material on gender and caste differences, in order to raise awareness on the topic.
Moreover, some mobile clinics have been created in order to cope with health-related problems that affect people in Rupandehi and Sirha. In order to do this, 4 motorbikes, 10 bicycles, medicines and laptops have been donated.