Nepal faces a lengthy recovery after two earthquakes killed more than 8,000 people and left millions facing hardship.
An an initial emergency aid operation, Tearfund staff and partners are now turning to longer term recovery work, such as house building and restoring water supplies and sanitation.
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Every year for more than 20 years, Nepali farmer Keshab Bahadur Singh had to say goodbye to his family and make the long trek to India to find work.
His fields could only produce enough food for four months of the year, so Keshab would leave his wife and four children to work on construction sites or do whatever other work he could find.
Now aged 53, Keshab is finally putting those times behind him as new knowledge about better farming practices is putting him back in charge of his life.
A programme run by Tearfund partner United Mission to Nepal (UMN) in Bajhang district, funded by the Isle of Man government, is revolutionising Keshab’s livelihood and others in poverty like him.
UMN has brought farmers together to form groups to improve their skills and boost their food production. As well as training about diversifying into growing vegetables, group members have received practical help, such as more resilient seed varieties and equipment for irrigation.
The groups also save money together and offer loans to members looking to start new enterprises or to pay for unexpected costs, such as medical treatment.
Since joining his local group, Keshab has seen a jump in earnings for his crops of tomato, mustard, radish, onion, garlic and chilli and the added income means he’s better able to provide for his family and repay his loans.
Steve Collins, Tearfund’s Country Representative for Nepal, said being able to produce food for eight months of the year was a big improvement for Keshab: ‘The long trek to India is a thing of the past. And at 53 years of age, that’s something Keshab’s very pleased about!’
More than 800 farming households are now part of 39 farmer groups, with just over half of the members being women.
A little history ...
From 1996 to 2006, a civil war between the government and Maoist guerrillas killed thousands of people, destroyed infrastructure and caused massive displacement. Nepal was declared a democratic republic and the ruling monarchy was abolished.
Nepal suffers frequent natural disasters and severe rural hardship. Most Nepalis are farmers, but many villages suffer food shortages – their vulnerability increased by drought, earthquakes, fires, epidemics, and avalanches.
Tearfund has been active in Nepal since 1970 and currently works with five partners, reducing poverty in a variety of ways.
Partners train churches to work closely with surrounding communities to help them use existing skills and materials to tackle long-standing poverty problems.
Through this approach communities are getting access to clean water, toilets, education and also new ways to generate income and to improve farming methods. We're stopping hunger by helping people start market gardens and diversify livestock.
We’re also assisting communities in mid-west areas that are prone to natural disasters, such as flooding, so they are better prepared to deal with them.
People trafficking is being tackled by partners alerting border communities to the dangers and linking them with local authorities.