Why Nepal needs you
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. There are a small number of very wealthy people but by contrast, in the remotest areas, life can be a hand-to-mouth existence with traditional farming methods unable to supply sufficient food for the whole year. Many Nepalis, mostly men, leave their families to work in India or other parts of the world, in the hope of being able to send money home. This income from overseas is one of the largest parts of the Nepali economy. Tourism is the other major income generator but, since the earthquakes of 2015, this has all but dried up.
Medical services are usually not free, but are improving although, in many parts of the country, healthcare services are limited and some people continue to look towards traditional 'healers' for help. Leprosy continues to affect people's lives and those living with any kind of disability often face discrimination, especially in the more remote mountain areas. There is still a need to teach people about the importance of basic hygiene and nutrition.
Literacy levels are very low in some districts and, while every child is entitled to an education, it is not always accessible. The language of the classroom is Nepali but there are over 100 other languages spoken and many people have little or no Nepali language. Parents do not always see any value in education, especially for girls, and want their children to be productive in the home or the fields, helping to keep the family's head above water.
Sixty years ago there were only a handful of Nepali Christians. The majority of people are Hindus and there are large areas of Nepal where no one has had the opportunity to hear about the kingdom of God and fullness of life in Jesus Christ. But there is now at least one church in each of the 75 districts of Nepal. Some are thriving and able to worship openly while others are small and meeting in secret.