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. Traditional farming methods are often 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. They do this 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, after the earthquakes of 2015, this declined.
Medical services are usually not free, although they are improving. But 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. 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. They 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.
Because the need is great and INF wants to help people lift themselves out of poverty.
Read more about our work HERE.
Books about Nepal and its people
If you are interested in finding out more about Nepal, its people and the work of INF you can find book recommendations HERE.
FREE Resources for Teachers
These lessons, for all Key Stages, could fit into various subject areas including PSHE, Geography, and English. Alternatively they could be delivered in form time. They could be used as one-off lessons or planned into a scheme of work. Each lesson includes ideas for homework tasks and extensions. Download HERE.