Labour Migration to India and its fatal consequences

Mrs. Sita Budha (28 yrs) is a resident of Punarbas Municipality, Kanchanpur district. She is a member of Aaprawasan Pragati Samuha, a spouse group of migrant workers promoted by the AWO International supported project with NEEDS Nepal. She got married when she was just 18 years old. After having her first child, her husband left to work in India aiming to increase the family’s income. He worked as a construction labor and sent most of his money home. The living standard of Sita and her two children improved but she missed her husband and was worried about his safety. One day, Sita received a phone call from India informing her that her husband had a fatal accident and passed away. Lonely, helpless and hopeless Sita was depending on the support of his late husband’s family. Her father-in-law supported her financially and became the mentor of her two sons.

“It was certainly difficult to forget my beloved one but organizing in the group helped me understanding life and to revitalize my family”.

Last year she was briefed about NEEDS’ project and she was introduced to other members of the spouse group. The exchange with other members of the group helped her to overcome her trauma and gradually she started smiling again. With the support of AWO International Sita opened a small shop. Nowadays, she earns enough money to feed and educate her two sons as well as to safe money for the future. Sita hopes that her children can find work in Nepal and won’t feel the pressure that made her husband leave her but never return. Sita’s story is only one of thousand unheard voices from the Far West of Nepal where every day hundreds of Nepali migrate to India hoping to find a proper job. In order to keep track on those who are planning to or have already left the country, NEEDS is working on establishing a register documenting the names and aimed destinations of the Nepalis leaving their home. Hopefully, it will help families to know more about the fate of their beloved ones and it helps to make migration a little bit saver.