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Manisha Jaisi, 16, poses at the shed outside her house where she sleeps when she has her period. Jaisi got her period two months after her neighbor, Dambara Upadhyay, died of unknown causes while sleeping in a similar shed in 2016. Jaisi says she never goes without her phone in the shed because she's scared after Upadhyay's death. Sajana Shrestha for NPR hide caption

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Why It's Hard To Ban The Menstrual Shed

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Apsara Bharati is watching over her field in Nepal, where she and her neighbors are using the system of rice intensification to plant seedlings. Danielle Preiss/NPR hide caption

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Nepalese Rice Farmers Boost Yields By Sowing Fewer Plants And Cutting Water

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At 69, Kul Gautam has written his life story and won an award from the National Peace Corps Association, made up of thousands of past volunteers. A Peace Corps volunteer was one of Gautam's early English teachers. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Sangita Magar bears the scars of an acid attack that took place three years ago. She was a plaintiff in a public interest case to change Nepal's law on acid and burn violence. Sajana Shrestha for NPR hide caption

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Rescuers carry a Sherpa injured by an avalanche that flattened parts of Everest Base Camp on April 25, 2015. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and took at least 17 lives at Everest Base Camp, including seven Sherpas. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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One-Third Of Everest Deaths Are Sherpa Climbers

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Doma Hyolmo, 15, carries skis during her first attempt at skiing in Kalinchowk, a village in the mountains of Nepal. While a few adventure tourists come to ski in Nepal, most Nepalese haven't tried the sport. Danielle Preiss for NPR hide caption

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A Nation With Some Of The World's Highest Mountains Is Finally Starting To Ski

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Residents walk through floodwaters in Malda, West Bengal, India, on Thursday. The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, according to news services tracking official tallies. Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kamala stands in front of the hut where she sleeps when she has her period. She lives in western Nepal and was 14 when the photo was taken for an NPR story. She told us: "I'm afraid of snakes and men." Jane Greenhalgh/NPR hide caption

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This is an example of a hut where a woman in Nepal who is menstruating will spend the night. The photo was taken in Achham district, in the western part of the country, where the practice occurs even though it has been banned by the government. Poulomi Basu/Magnum Emergency Fund hide caption

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