The question I'm most often asked is, "Don't the children take care of their elders in Nepal?" The answer is no, not very much these days.
A few years back, the government started a new tax on employee income, designed to help support widows and the elderly. Now, many children think, "Well, I paid my 10%, so they can take care of themselves." The stipend the elders get, however, is not enough to live on.
Adding to this situation are multiple other factors: parents are outliving their children, or had no children; many parents sent their children to other countries for a chance at a better life, and at a certain point it becomes unreasonable to uproot either the parents' or the children's lives; and lastly, while women are slowly being given more rights, that doesn't mean they get the benefit of those rights. The practice of sathi pratha, where widows were burned alive on top of their dead husband's funeral pyre, was practiced up through the 1950s-1960s. Now, women are supposed to have rights to their property after the husband dies. That doesn't mean much in reality: One woman here, and her daughter, fled the family home because the youngest daughter wants the home and property and has incited violence, in the Maoist community, against her mother and sister in order to get her way.
What I am suggesting to this community is a radical and foreign idea: I am trained to come to you (the elder) and help you live in your home, or help you (as the child) take care of your elderly/bedridden/sick parent. I am trained, even, to train others on how to do the same.
It takes time, patience and a willingness to let these people learn to trust me.
I have three months. Who wants to put bets on how long it takes? 😁 🕉️every penny goes into nepal🕉️
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