Youth in Charge
From walking on air to crashing to the ground, 28-years old, Nita Ghatani, experienced a whole gamut of emotions in the course of helping an older woman as dear to her as a mother. It was in March of 2019 when Nita, a strong supporter of the Habitat Young Leaders Build, learned of Dhamosari’s plight. The older woman was among thousands of villagers in Baluwatar, Biratamod, who were hit by flash floods in 2017. Unable to afford any repairs, the widowed Dhamosari continued to live in her badly damaged house.
“I felt I had to do something to help her,” says Nita. “After learning about ‘amma’s’ (mother in Nepali) story, I talked to the Ward Commissioner on how we can help her.”
A few days later, Nagendra Prasad Sangraula, Ward Commissioner for Birtamode-2, and Nita organized a meeting with all the ward members where she presented her plan to help Dhamosari rebuild her home. Initially, not all the ward members were convinced, but she persevered. It paid off when all the members agreed to help, and she was able to raise 50,000 Nepali rupees (US$500) to build a new house.
“Seeing the zeal and energy of Nita to help someone in need moved me,” Sangraula remarks. “We need more young people to actively participate in helping people so that our country can be better for tomorrow.”
I felt I had to do something to help her. After learning about 'amma's' story, I talked to the Ward Commissioner on how we can help her.