Ricky Bernstein, President of Hands in Outreach in Nepal, writes:
“The veiled young woman knitting is Sital (See-tall), and she's as poor as they come, though we're trying to change that narrative....especially with projects like yours. Sital is the Bal Kendra cook, house cleaner, helps the little children after using the toilet and so on. She's about 27 with one child and a husband...illiterate and poor. We love her and she's beloved at the pre-school. With a recent raise, Sital now makes about 36 cents per hour. That gives you some idea of menial labor wages. Our average mother makes even less for 60 hours/week of labor.
“Sital LOVES being at Bal-Kendra and is included as valued staff in all meetings. She's respected and treated well by all. I'm organizing a benefits plan for the teachers and Sital and she will be getting an allotment for health care for her family plus we're going to help her pay for educating her son. If he were a girl, we'd sponsor her in a minute. At a meeting to ask if the staff wanted us to draft a contract...Sital said she'd never dreamed she'd have such a great job!”