It's A Race To Stop Gadhimai. Sensitization and Education Needs to Expand. How Can You Help?
The major hurdles in stopping Gadhimai are time and resources. Local activists are utilizing the finite amount of days and means, aggressively working on the ground to foster action from educational awareness within the local community.
While Gadhimai is increasing in number of sacrifices and participants due to growing road development and exposure from media and communication, so too is a sense of progressivism and openness to understand the side of opposition that has had a loud voice since the 2009 festival.
In Bara District, there are two of 99 village development committees: Bariyarpur and Gunjbhawanipur, where Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN) is engaging locals in workshops, educating participants on animal welfare, and partaking in dialogue regarding the sacrifice.
Presently AWNN conducts workshops daily with an average of 100 participants, including women and children. By November, AWNN will have engaged the total VDC population of about 10,000 people, from which 40 percent will be mobilized in stopping Gadhimai. To broaden our chances of ending Gadhimai before November 2014, AWNN must provide the workshops to over 70 percent of the entire Bara District.