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On Saturday 2nd of May, Mission East distributed tarpaulins and hygiene kits to earthquake victims in four villages close to one of the earthquake’s epicenters northeast of Kathmandu. The gratitude was moving, says Mission East employee. On Saturday, three trucks filled with tarpaulins  and hygiene kits from Mission East reached earthquake victims in four remote communities of  Sindhupalchowk district northeast of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, seven days after a powerful earthquake hit Nepal on April 25th. The aid of Mission East is targeting more than 2,000 homeless families living in an area,...
Humla and Mugu are two of the most remote and impoverished districts in Nepal. Humla is only accessible by air and Mugu by just a seasonal road connection. The isolated geography coupled with poverty, low education, poor health, and deep-rooted harmful socio-cultural practices have narrowed opportunities especially for women to lift themselves out of poverty. To address it, Mission East with the funding from CISU and with its implementing partners KIRDARC and WWS, have engaged into a long-term action to empower women, and make their voices heard by their communities, political leaders, and...
This report examines the recovery experience of small, remote Nepalese communities in the aftermath of disaster. The aim is both to provide academic insight and to contribute to the formulation of better recovery strategies, policies and plans by government and other “external” agencies. To this end the report identifies the actions taken by disaster affected communities to promote their own recovery and to identify those potential areas of support that could be targeted by external aid agencies that would support recovery measures. The information presented comes from a study of Mumra and...
Vera van Ek is specialist in the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Unwanted and hidden, denied access to education and unable to go outside of the four walls of their home. For people with disabilities, there are many barriers to overcome, both physical, as well as barriers that exist in the minds of other people. In Tajikistan, children with disabilities are hidden away. In Armenia their parents are reproached for having given birth to them. And in Nepal, persons with disabilities are seen as useless in the harsh mountainous areas, where poverty is so great that there is rarely enough food for the whole family. Mission East’s disability expert Vera van Ek...
Children, flood, Karnali, Nepal
In India and Nepal, severe flooding has already cost more than a hundred lives, and more people have been reported missing. In Nepal, Mission East is in the process of getting food aid to the victims in the remote mountainous region of Karnali.   In recent day, excessive monsoon rains have caused major flooding and landslides in northern India and western Nepal. Amongst other areas, the flooding has hit the region of Karnali in northwestern Nepal where people live in isolated and inaccessible areas.   "We fear that the death toll will rise, because it is extremely difficult to reach people in...
It isn’t easy to find your way if you are blind, especially when living in an inaccessible area like the mountains of Western Nepal. Simple things like going to the toilet or fetching clean water become an enormous challenge.   44-year-old Lachhu Tamata was born blind. When she had to fetch water 150 meters away from her home, she used to stumble many times on the way, especially in the rainy season, when the ground is muddy and slippery. In addition, Lachhu often hit the many domestic animals that walk around in the village. When she had to go to the toilet, she had to ask family members for...
Review: Building up Healthier Communities in Karnali, Nepal 2008-2011
Since the inception of Mission East WASH activities in Nepal in 2008, access to clean water and better hygiene practices has significantly improved.   This is the conclusion of a fresh review which also includes lessons learned.   The reduction in time for fetching water has reduced the work load of women, enabling them to provide better care for their children. Additionally, the improvement in hygiene behaviours and availability of safe drinking water reduced the prevalence of water borne diseases which was the case before the implementation of the project.   Implementation of Water,...
Leaflet front page: Women Empowerment Project in Karnali, Nepal
In the remote districts of Karnali, women have important roles and functions in their community. They have responsibilities and heavy workload, but they have little voice to decide for  their own future and the future development of  their village.   Usually, boys have priority to  access school, and literacy rate for women is  much lower than for men. Population often believes that women are weak, not so clever and should only focus on home duties. As consequences, women are among the most vulnerable groups living in Karnali.  The World Development Report 2012 from the World Bank argues...

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