Nepal

15,000

women and girls are trafficked from their villages each year, of whom 7,000 are trafficked across the border.

500,000+

houses were destroyed by the earthquakes of 2015

1 in 4

people live on less than £1.45 a day

36%

of children under five are chronically malnourished

About Nepal

Nepal is bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east and west. It is one of the poorest countries in Asia; a quarter of the population still live in absolute poverty, on less than £1.45 a day. Among the challenges Nepal faces are a widening gap between the rich and poor, and a lack of basic infrastructure including for electricity, water and transport. There is also widespread unemployment, low agricultural productivity, high levels of migration and endemic corruption.

A decade-long civil war, which ended in 2006, has pushed the nation even further back. Meanwhile Nepal is particularly vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods and landslides. In 2015, two massive earthquakes struck the region, killing nearly 8,000 people and making Nepal even more vulnerable to future disasters.

How we do it

Livelihoods

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Advocacy

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Church & Community Transformation

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Resilience

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Our Work in Nepal

Tearfund has been working in Nepal since 1970 and is currently partnering nine organisations across the country. Following the earthquakes in 2015, Tearfund launched an initial emergency aid operation. This included the distribution of relief items, such as iron sheeting and emergency food packs, and the provision of psychosocial support. Staff and partners have since been implementing longer-term recovery work in earthquake-affected areas in the central region of Nepal. The response has been focused on reconstructing community infrastructure and homes, rebuilding livelihoods, rehabilitating water systems, protecting vulnerable adults and children, and reducing the risks of future disasters.

Tearfund was among the first agencies to rebuild permanent, earthquake-resilient homes in Nepal after the earthquakes. The National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal is using Tearfund’s shelter approach as a model for all the earthquake-affected areas in the country.

Longer-term development work is increasingly focused on the mid and far-west of the country, where poverty is highest, prioritising marginalised people such as women and lower caste groups. Tearfund partners are also working with churches on anti-trafficking and community development initiatives and are continuing to build disaster resilience in communities.

OUR PARTNERS IN NEPAL: UMN, MNN, INF, CarNetNepal, RADO, MRC Nepal, CEEDF, CWS, Sagoal & ETSCN

ACHIEVEMENTS

147,706

people have received emergency food packages.

701

local masons have been trained in earthquake-resilient reconstruction techniques.

1,150

meters of irrigation channels have been constructed to ensure communities have the water they need to grow crops.

27

schools have been supported to prepare a disaster risk reduction plan.

Pray for our work

  • Lift up the estimated 15,000 people trafficked each year. Pray for their rescue, as well as physical, emotional and spiritual restoration.
  • Pray for meaningful discussions about gender-based violence and trafficking in Nepal. Pray for the church to highlight these issues to their congregations and to the wider community.
  • Ask that the people of Nepal would be free to choose and practise the faith of their choice.
  • Keep praying for the vital recovery and reconstruction work in Nepal following the two devastating earthquakes in 2015.

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