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Khushbu Agrawal

Written By: Khushbu
March 15, 2010

 

The Young Visionaries contest grant will certainly add wings to my vision. Sometime back, I came across a report of The Girl Effect, which said that “When we use our resources to improve girls’ lives, benefits accelerate for everyone, now and in the future. That’s the girl effect—a high return investment.” I have been intrigued by this idea, and hence my project will focus especially on girls.

With the grant that I will receive from the International Women’s Health Coalition, I will design a program that will provide adolescent girls with access to information, education, and resources that will empower them to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health including contraceptive use, safe abortion, birth spacing, pre and post-natal care, and management of pregnancy and childbirth-related complications.

This is pertinent given the background that women in Nepal are under pressure to marry young and produce sons before they can properly support or even understand childbirth. This is the reason that Nepal has a high rate of adolescent pregnancies, and roughly 20% of adolescent girls are pregnant or are mothers with at least one child. About half of them do not receive adequate obstetric care, resulting in 19% of maternal deaths from this age group.

The program will be conducted in community schools in and around the Kathmandu Valley. Community Schools are run and managed by communities, with little funding support from the government. This is the prime reason that the program will be conducted in community schools because this way, rather than informing just the girls, the message will also be conveyed to the members of the community who manage and operate the schools.

Informing young girls about their bodies and about their rights will be a great step since in Nepal such issues are not openly discussed, and are hardly included in the curriculum. I remember my school days when my teachers were apprehensive to discuss sexual and reproductive health in depth, and completed the entire chapter on a stretch, without much relevant information. Parents are often skeptical to talk about the issue with their daughters. So, given these facts, the program will be a nice intervention to inform girls who have just hit their adolescence and guide them in their moment of transition. The program is intended to empower them to make their own decisions concerning marriage, pregnancy, and children.

The girls will be trained in a way that they can carry the lessons and pass on to the next batch, in the coming years. This way the program, rather than being a one-time affair, will continue and have a ripple effect.

The program will be conducted in partnership with a youth club I am member of, and an organization that works on the issues of reproductive and sexual health.

55 Responses to "Khushbu Agrawal"
  1. jodydelight says:

    Khushbu,
    your passion and drive is an inspiration. you truly are a visionary! Keep up the amazing work!

  2. Jensine says:

    Wow, Kushbu! I know you will achieve all these dreams and more. You Go!!
    Jensine

  3. Rachael says:

    Amazing proposal Khushbu, I applaud your efforts!

  4. SauraV says:

    great khushbu di….i pray to god that u may achieve all u have visioned….

  5. Ishwari Pradhan says:

    Dear Khushbu, Best Wishes!! :))

  6. Uddhav Acharya says:

    Dear Khushbu, best of luck & best wishes…..

  7. bidhata k.c says:

    Great……………………wishes are with you

  8. bharati rupakheti says:

    wow khushbu !! great !! its very inspirational !!
    best wishes darling !!

  9. Bibha Karki says:

    WoW!!!! Khusbu di, that's an amazing concept and i hope it works out. All the best.

  10. Reejuta Sharma says:

    Very Interesting Khusbhu….All the best…..count on me for a vote each day !!

  11. Malaya says:

    Hi! wish you all the best !

  12. Pragati says:

    All the best Khushbu…make up proud!!

  13. Chirag Bangdel says:

    Wish you loads of luck!!!!!!! we are proud of you!!!!!

  14. Biran says:

    Best of luck…nd gudluck too!?may be u will need it?

  15. Prashant says:

    All the best Khusbu Di..

  16. Aawash shrestha says:

    Al the very best for u project di..I wil pray for u.

  17. archana sinha says:

    all d b est..u r doin' a gr8 job:-)

  18. Sneha Sharma says:

    khushbu di, what u have thought of is gr8 …..wish u all the very best ….!!!

  19. Anjhero says:

    so proud to have a dee like u :) Respect!

  20. Bibhusan Bista says:

    all the best khushbu……………

  21. sneha sharma says:

    all the best khushbu di !!

  22. Ravi Vadhvani says:

    with u all the way

  23. Achala says:

    we all are so proud of you khush….

  24. Maria Shrestha says:

    all the best Khushbu

  25. Ayobami says:

    I have gone through some of your work in V.E.N.T and I am sure the same passion I see in them will enable you maximise the grant. I do hope you get it!

  26. sabbu says:

    thts a very good thought tht gud to know u'r actually working on it to make it a reality!! all the best wishes and if i can b of any help let me know di..all the best wishes n love n support n care!!

  27. richa says:

    wish you loads of luck di!

  28. Niraj Khanal says:

    Great! Wish you all the best….

  29. Deepti Khakurel says:

    Hey! Amazing, I know you will rock! loads of luck!

  30. Hardik says:

    good day flleow backyaders.the recent and current state of affairs in our housing situation is really disturbing and disgusting period. a clear and robust plan of action needs to be in place and all MP sections and masses need to be mobilized and fully participate. however, this we need to do on the ‘legal’ side of things. if ‘we’ the MP masses are not participating then, our section reps are working in vain.keep us informed of any resolutions from the meetings so that we can act in unison.

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