As she walks past our guesthouse in the village of Thankot, we try to get her to come over and talk to us. But the 14-year-old won’t come over to the porch.
“Because she’s menstruating, she should not be entering another person’s house. It’s disrespectful,” says Cecile Shrestha of Wateraid.
The nonprofit is working with girls and women in western Nepal to end a tradition called chaupadi – that’s held them back for thousands of years: “When they are menstruating, no matter what, they stay outside, they eat outside and they sleep outside,” Shrestha says.
Outside in sheds. In Kamala’s village they consist of a raised platform, with no walls, some have thatched roofs.
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