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Mission East has helped radio journalists to interview the villagers.
If you turn on your radio in the mountain villages of Nepal, you can hear people singing about natural disasters.   Songs and radio drama have taught 80,000 villagers in the remote mountain areas of Nepal about floods, mudslides and earthquakes.   Each year these disasters destroy harvests, block paths, or in the worst cases, take the lives of residents of these mountainous areas. The short melodic jingles that play on the radio are easy to remember and remind people about good risk-reduction practices.   For example, one song teaches people that they should not cut down all the trees on a...
Nepali people are trained to find escape routes when disasters occur.
 Recently, UNISDR (The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) published the book "Risk Returns" which holds a large amount of examples of disaster risk reduction. Danish relief work is represented by Mission East's projects in Nepal. Poor and isolated villages in Nepal are vulnerable to earthquakes, droughts, floods and epidemics. Due to the lack of knowledge, few resources, and poor infrastructure the population suffers major consequences of the disasters.   In cooperation with the local partner Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre (KIRDARC) and...
Padam together with the village men.
It is amazing what a few bags of cement can accomplish in the mountains of Nepal. Hear how they have changed the lives of hundreds of people in the impoverished village of Kalika. 21-year-old Padam travels a long distance to work, even though his rice fields are only a few kilometres from his home. Padam has to criss-cross downhill on winding, narrow paths in one of Nepal's most remote mountain areas in order to reach his fields. For the past several years, he has not been met with an encouraging sight upon arrival at his fields. A terrible drought has dried out the rice plants and Padam...
Bhumika with her note pad
"My name is Bhumika. I am 10 years old. I go to school at Motherland Academy Rupandehi," she writes in perfect English on the note pad.   When Bhumika speaks, fluent English comes out of the fragile Nepalese girl in the red shirt. For even if you live in a small clay house of only a few square meters with your father, grandmother and two siblings, it can be possible to get a good education and more out of life. It only requires other people to reach out to them. Four years ago, Bhumikas father, Saligram, received a small loan from Mission East through our local partner NASSO, so he could buy...
Woman on path in the Karnali region in Nepal
Mission East’s new Country Representative in Nepal, Alessandra Radaelli, has earlier this year visited the Karnali Zone in Nepal where Mission East started new projects in 2007 to help the poor mountain population.   After several days of walking, Alessandra Radaelli and her team reached the villages where projects are working towards the provision of safe drinking water and improved food security via farmer training and irrigation. Back in December 2006 a team from Mission East travelled to the villages in the mountainous area to assess the need for help. They were met by a shocking sight;...
Portrait of Indahara Shahi
For families in the poorest mountain area of Nepal a lot of time is spent fetching water - time that could have been spent in the field working on producing a better yield 40-year-old Indahara's bare feet leave traces in the mud as she walks down the mountain. Here and there mudslides have turned the path into a challenge and it is hard to imagine how she will manage when snow soon starts to fall. But she has no other choice. Her family can't survive without water and the only two tap stands are placed down at the bottom of the mountain village. Here she fills her copper jar with water and...
Nepali village
Mission East’s new Country Representative in Nepal, Alessandra Radaelli, has earlier this year visited the Karnali Zone in Nepal where Mission East started new projects in 2007 to help the poor mountain population.   After several days of walking, Alessandra Radaelli and her team reached the villages where projects are working towards the provision of safe drinking water and improved food security via farmer training and irrigation. Back in December 2006 a team from Mission East travelled to the villages in the mountainous area to assess the need for help. They were met by a shocking sight;...
Nepalise mountain kids
Being close to the people we help is part of the vision of Mission East. Our newly-opened office in Nepal will help us taking care of our assistance to the extremely poor population in the mountainous north of the country.   Alessandra Radaelli our new Country Representative says: "Karnali, the area where we implement our projects, is among the poorest and least developed regions of Nepal. People live in very harsh conditions: they don’t manage guarantee food for their families around the whole year, and the land they can cultivate is very limited because of lack of irrigation. The water they...

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