The ever-widening safety net – Tewa women’s fund

Rita Thapa and Urmila Shrestha

Since before the start of the millennium, Tewa women’s fund has been working among other things to offset the effects of repeated crises that have afflicted Nepal. In this work, relationships with its donors and Nepali communities are key

Over the past quarter of a century, Nepal has endured a series of different and often overlapping crises. It has been living through perpetual political transitions and a prolonged armed conflict. In 2015, a devastating earthquake struck the country, then in 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Through all of these, Tewa, a women’s organisation, has provided support to the victims and has learned to adapt quickly to the varying demands of these upheavals.

The ten-year armed conflict that ran between 1996 and 2006 revealed a great need for a women’s organisation. Among the many economic and social problems created by the upheaval was the breakdown of women’s agency, owing to instability and insecurity.

Founded in 1995, Tewa is the only women’s fund in Nepal. We raise money primarily from individual Nepalis to make grants to women’s organisations all over the country. In the past 26 years, Tewa has made over 900 grants to 581 grantee groups in 72 of the 77 districts of Nepal.

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