Case Study: Rina Giri
Rina was born as the daughter of father Awadhesh and mother Gita Devi in Hattisar-1, Morang in 2032 B.S. Her mother died when she was very young. Very soon after her mother’s demise, her father married another woman. Her worst days started since then. To remain protected from daily hard work and scolding of stepmother, Rina went to stay in her maternal home. In 2049 B.S. she was married to Pawan Giri, the only son of Janak and Laxmi Devi Giri at Sishwanijahada-1, Morang. In the name of property, Pawan had nothing but one roomed hut in Government land. The family was dependent upon the alms brought by her father-in-law Janak by begging. After marriage, Pawan continued his school for sometime but the family burden compelled him to leave his study. Discontinuing his studies at 6, he went to Delhi and Punjab for work.
According to Rina, Pawan bought a sari for the first time while working in Biratnagar Jute Mills for Rs. 600/ week wage. Through JBS Rina took a loan of Rs. 7,000 and opened a cycle repairing shop for Pawan in rent near her house at Ramchowk. In 2051 B.S., she gave birth to her first child Chadani. She became disappointed when her 8th child was also girl. Frustrated by the unkind remarks of her mother-in-law and sister-in-law for not having a son, Rina became so impious that she left worshiping and performing rituals of her favorite gods. They forced Pawan to get remarried but Pawan felt that it’s matter of fate and didn’t listen to them. After sometime, she once again became pregnant. She came to know from her friends that through video x-ray one could know the gender of the child in Itahari. Saving 100, 200 rupees from the daily expenses she collected Rs. 4,500 and went to Itahari for X-Ray. The doctor told that she had twin boys. Overwhelmed by the happiness, she forgot all her grief. She bought photo of God and sweets started worshiping God again. Feared by the death of her eighth child in the embryo, she didn’t want any risk so she went to Nobel Hospital and safely delivered twin sons.
In this way, she not only saved her infant babies’ life but also was able to bring her families happiness back. On the other hand, Pawan celebrated his happiness for 12 days by giving party of rum, beer, coke, fanta and cutting 4 goats for mutton as well. He married his both daughters by taking loan. Pawan alone had to look after the family of 7 children, wife and mother, carry out the expenses of his own treatment, medical expenses, daughter’s marriage loan and installment payment. Inspite of all these burdens, he had aim of sending his sons to boarding school and make them officers when they grow up.
However, God was against his will. An untimely demise of him due to high sugar not only took all his future dreams along with him but also left the whole family in darkness. The two-roomed house broke down to very worst condition. Instead of looking after the children and supporting them as a guardian, Rina’s mother-in-law also left the house. Due to poverty, Rina could not send her daughters to school and arrange food for them in proper time. All these miseries in life made her suffer a lot.
When Chadani, the eldest daughter of the family came to visit the family after her father’s death, she found that her younger sister was very ill. She requested her husband to take her to hospital for checkup. But in such hard time, her husband not only refused to take her to hospital but also left his wife and only daughter Sakshi there saying that he’s not her servant and threatened of doing remarriage. At present, both mother and daughter live with Rina. Chadani runs a small alcohol shop for supporting the family. By the help of income from Rina’s teashop and Chadani’s alcohol shop, Rina has been looking after the 10 members’ family. Since their house has broken down, now the ghumti bought by her husband for operating his cycle repair and maintenance shop has become the residence for the family.
In this miserable condition, she was so lonely without any support. Then JBS came with a helping hand and made an effort to built a three-roomed residential house along with sanitation for the Giri family by the help of 52 staffs of Jeevan Bikas Samaj on 13 September 2015 at Sishwanjahada-1. To make the house a complete one, solar and improved cook stove was also installed in the house. Hearing that the family owns a well facilitated new house, Rina’s mother-in-law has also returned home. Now she spent her days by looking after the children and house. Due to this, Rina has enough time to concentrate on her business. She sells papad, pakouda and other light snacks along with tea. In this way, her income has also increased. In the mean time, Chadani’s husband also came and took his wife and daughter to their own home. The children have started to continue their school again. The pleasure of possessing their own comfortable house has delighted them. They are overjoyed to sleep in their own room. They don’t want to remember the nightmare where they couldn’t sleep in the broken house and had to spent the whole night in the ghumti where only half of them could sleep at a time and half had to remain awake. Rina is very happy seeing all these remarkable changes in her life. She says everyone that this day came into her life only because of JBS and will always remain indebted towards the organization. The people in her community and neighborhood appreciate this change and tirelessly talk about the significant change seen in their lives.