Our primary partners/target groups are the indigenous Chepangs and Tamangs living in the mid-hills of Korak and Lothar of Chitwan district. These two ethnic groups constitute over 95% of the population of our project region.
Originally the Chepangs led a nomadic life, foraging in the woods and jungles for roots and hunting for game. The Chepangs live in the remote areas of Makwanpur, Chitwan, Gorkha, and Dhading. Around 25,000 Chepangs live in the Chitwan area. Their subsistence economy is based on forest resources. The Chepangs, are one of the ethnic/tribal communities, one of the most deprived and marginalized communities of Nepal often living an isolated life. The population of Chepang, according to 2001 census is around 53,000 which is just 0.23% of the total population of Nepal. Recent data shows that only 23 percent of Chepangs are literate. Over 80 percent Chepangs, above 16 years of age, who are eligible for citizenship certificates, do not have them. More importantly, almost half of the households have been denied from receiving land registration certificates of the land they have been cultivating for generations.
The Tamangs are the largest ethnic community among the Tibeto-Burman speaking people; representing more than ten percent of Nepal’s population. They also rank as the most underprivileged among the Tibeto-Burman speaking communities of Nepal. The low profile of the Tamangs and the poverty that marks their villages are the result of concerted exploitation by the elite class over the centuries. Historically, the Tamang people settled in the strategically important districts surrounding the Kathmandu valley. Feeling threatened by this encirclement, the Kathmandu rulers brought them forcibly under central rule and exploited them enough so that they could never rise, as they have not been able to this day. The psychology of the Tamangs took a beating during centuries of economic deprivation, political discrimination, and social marginalization. Even though the Tamangs represent the largest segment of Nepal’s population, as a people they are practically unrepresented in the country’s national affairs.
Shanti Griha receiving Letter of Appreciation for its “significant” and “exemplary” work serving the people in remote villages...Read More
In Gundi village of Lothar VDC ward no.-4, Chitwan District the support materials needed for the construction of the toilets have been dist...Read More
Shanti Griha Nepal organized 2 day Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) Training in Chatrang-1, Wakrang-2, Washbang-6 and Syamrang-7 Villages ...Read More
Shanti Griha Nepal signed a partnership agreement with Unica Foundation (UF) for upcoming project “Infrastruture Support to Improve the L...Read More