How important are social outcasts

LIFE ON THE EDGE OF SOCIETY

The inhabitants of our project villages are socially excluded in Nepal and belong to the poorest population class in the country. They are usually denied access to education due to economic and social restrictions. Your labor is systematically exploited. In some areas, they are not even allowed to use hospital wards and medical assistance. They are also often not allowed to use the village well, as the population believes that a Dalit or casteless person is polluting the water. 90 percent of the women “outcast” live below the poverty line and do not know how to feed their children. Translated, Dalit means 'oppressed people' - oppressed people.

As the living situation in the forests and mountains of Nepal deteriorated over the years, there was no longer any work for the people, food became increasingly scarce and famine broke out, the already disadvantaged Dalit families settled in the fertile Terai area ( "Wet land") around.

Casteless primitive peoples, former tribals, also settled in the hills. Just a few years ago they lived in the woods. But when this was declared a national park and hunting was banned, the tribals had to find a new livelihood, but were not trained for anything, as they previously lived far from civilization. Both population groups, Dalits and Tribals, in some cases only settled in our project area a generation ago and live there together as “outcasts” from Nepalese society.

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