Marginalisation In Musahar Communities
Musahars are the most politically marginalised, economically exploited and socially outcast group in Nepal.
Due to a caste system that considers them untouchable, Musahars suffer extreme exclusion from education and employment. According to research, 99.4% of Musahars do not own any land and generations of Musahars are born trapped into bonded labour - a modern form of slave labour. Musahar communities are often in remote, hard to reach areas. Isolated from other communities they are unable to access critical services including, water, sanitation and hygiene services, health services and education.
Education offers an alternative future; yet according to research:
+ Just 4% of Musahar children are in school after age six; and 100% are out of school after age ten
+ The literacy rate is 7% amongst Musahars; and a mere 3.8% amongst Musahar women and girls
+ 85% of Musahars are unable to read or write at all
Our latest research "Meet the Musahars: Understanding Musahar Marginalisation" aims to understand the factors affecting this group's ability to access education and their attitudes towards exclusion and inclusion from education.
What We Are Going To Do
Musahar communities are trapped in a cycle of poverty and marginalisation. Street Child wants to break this cycle by providing Musahars with intensive education and livelihoods support so they are empowered to access employment, and ultimately, break free from bonded labour. We will:
+ Provide accelerated learning programmes so out-of-school Musahar can catch up on literacy and numeracy skills
+ Provide vocational training and business grants, and identify employment opportunities to overcome extreme poverty
+ Advocate to the local government to ensure Musahars' basic human rights are protected