24 Jun Struggling to provide during Covid lockdown
As Nepal went into lockdown once again when the second wave of Covid-19 engulfed the nation, Bina* faced her worst fears – struggling to provide for her disabled son.
For a single mother of a son with additional needs, the pandemic is an unending burden.
Bina, aged 51, is from a remote village in Dang district. She lives with her 21-year-old son, who is physically disabled. She owns a small piece of land for farming and earns money through agriculture and other low-paid work to provide for her son.
From the very beginning of the lockdown, Bina experienced hardships as the source of her daily income suddenly stopped. For the initial few days, she somehow managed with her limited savings, but as the lockdown extended, she faced real challenges of providing for her son and meeting their daily needs.
“I can no longer earn. My income has stopped. This means no income for food and other amenities. My struggle feels unending, and all this while, I worry what will happen to us tomorrow.”
Many single women-led households like Bina’s face unique challenges as they raise children with disabilities during Covid-19.
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(* Name changed to protect privacy)