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Happy children in Nepal
During the next year and a half, Mission East will help sustainably improve the food situation for 5,000 people in northern Nepal. The World Food Programme categorizes the situation in the remote, mountainous Soru Belt area of Nepal as an emergency situation. Despite focusing their working lives on agriculture, communities suffer from periods during the year where food runs out. The reasons for this "food gap" include a lack of appropriate infrastructure (e.g. irrigation systems) and a lack of appropriate farming knowledge – resulting in many hours spent working for little output. Over the...
Village children
Imagine sharing a doctor with 40,000 other people. And imagine having to walk several days on narrow paths across mountains and unsafe bridges to reach him.   To many women, children, and men in one of the poorest areas in Nepal, Humla, this is one of the hard facts they have to face every day. Therefore, Mission East is planning a health camp that will teach the population to take better care of itself when the doctor is several mountains away. And the help is much needed. An assessment team from Mission East has recently experienced how the people in Humla suffer. Children as well as adults...
Group session in Nepal
The AEC Foundation has provided Mission East with funding for vital development activities in the remote, mountainous Soru Belt area of Nepal.   Thanks to the generosity of AEC, water systems will now be constructed to provide safe drinking water for approximately 1,000 people. An assessment team from Mission East, and our local partner KIRDARC, visited the Soru Belt in December 2006. "The scenes we saw in many villages shocked us much more than we expected. Many people were wearing rags (despite the cold); there were flies everywhere, very little food and a desperation for drinking water. It...
Mission East has identified the Soru Belt area and Humla and Muga districts as having the most critical needs within the Karnali zone. We hope to find ourselves addressing urgent needs there with new programmes in 2007. During December 2006 – January 2007, Mission East carried out a three-week detailed needs assessment in the Karnali zone in the Northern Nepal. Discussions with national and regional leaders as well as other organisations and donors helped us identify the Soru Belt area and Humla and Muga districts, and we found that the people there are dealing with a high incidence of...
Photo of basic shelter in Karnali region of Nepal
The decade-long conflict between the government and the Maoists in Nepal appears to be over. In November, the two sides signed a peace agreement. An important way to support the peace process is through providing sustainable solutions to the chronic levels of poverty in many parts of Nepal.  Graeme Glover, from our office in Brussels, carried out a two-week initial assessment trip to Nepal. His visit focussed on the mountainous Karnali zone in Midwest Nepal. The Karnali zone is the most remote region in Nepal. It has with no roads and contains the very poorest parts of Nepal.  The Karnali is...

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