I would like to thank all those who made it possible to produce this report bygiving their valuable time and who contributed their ideas. Special thanks go tothe different groups of girls, their brothers, and parents from the Kami/ Damai,Tharu and Brahman/Chhetri of Ramghat and Ghusra villages in Surkhet district.My thanks also go to the VDC representatives, individual girls and their peerswho have contributed immensely to this field study.I am grateful to all my colleagues at OSCAR who were supportive in variousways. This report would not be possible without the support and guidance ofJohn Parry-Williams. My special thanks to Rajaram KC, Samina, and Karna, whoprovided all the administrative and technical support during the period of mystudy.I extend my sincere thanks to Dr. K. B. Bhattachan, who assisted in the design ofthe study methodologies. I equally thank Michael Etherton, Julian Kramer,Ranjan Poudyal, Simon Mollison, Keshari Thapa and Joanna Hill for theirvaluable comments and suggestions.I would like to thank Tej Bista, and Dillu Ghimire, program supervisors forSCF/UK and SAC-Surkhet, who supported me in the recording of informationduring the field study. My thanks also go to SCF/ UK-Surkhet, WEEDS-Ramghatand SAC-Surkhet for their kind support and cooperation during this study.