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Nepal

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Population: 29.331m
Life expectancy men: 67.2 years
Life expectancy women: 69.0 years
Infant mortality rate: 3.58%
GNI per capita: 441.0 US$
HDI ranking: 157/187 Low
What are these?

Home of Mount Everest and culturally diverse, Nepal suffers frequent natural disasters and severe rural hardship. 

A magnet for adventure tourists, the country’s striking landscape ranges from humid plains in the south to the Himalayas in the north. 

But Nepal is the poorest country in Asia and the 15th poorest in the world. Dalits, indigenous populations and Muslims are the most marginalised groups.

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.

Most Nepalis are farmers, but many villages suffer food shortfalls – their vulnerability increased by drought, earthquakes, fires, epidemics, avalanches and windstorms. 

More than a hundred caste and ethnic groups have distinct languages, cultural traditions and religious practices. Nepal’s 1990 constitution forbids discrimination on the basis of caste, race, sex or religion. However, lower castes continue to be neglected by the state, especially Dalit women. 

The first Nepali church was established in the 1950s, and there are now an estimated 800,000 Christians in 6,000 congregations. After years of persecution, since 2006 churches have had new freedoms. 

More on Nepal

Latest on our website about Nepal.

  • Sagoal’s vision is to help churches demonstrate the love of Christ in practical and visible ways to the people they live among. In this very poor country they help them to identify the resources that they have to tackle poverty.

  • An update from Sagoal on how Christmas is celebrated in Nepal

  • Update and prayer points including the story of a young man who left Nepal in search of work and a better future for his family

  • When Janaki was set free from slavery she became 'a refugee in her own country.' Find out how her local church are helping her to support herself.

  • An update and prayer points from Sagoal including stories from two churches who are responding to local needs and issues including HIV/AIDS, sanitation, blood donation and keeping the streets clean.