Heifer’s COO, Steve Denne, meets with Nepal’s president
(April 15, 2010) Steve Denne, in his visit to Heifer Internationals Asia and South Pacific region, had the chance during a visit to Nepal to meet with the countrys president, the Honorable Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. Denne, Heifers chief operating officer, met with the president at his residence in the capital city of Kathmandu during his visits to Cambodia, Nepal, India and Vietnam.
There is a lot of work to be done in Nepal, the president told Denne. We are still in a state of a political uncertainty. But for organizations like Heifer who work for the people without any political preferences and discriminations, the current situation should not be a problem.
He suggested Heifer focus more on conflict-ridden areas in the south, areas in need of a program that helps the people lead better lives and contributes to improving the social cohesion, like Heifer does, he said.
Following the peoples movement in April 2006after the 10-year civil war lead by the MaoistsNepal ousted the monarchy that had ruled the country for 240 years. The president, as the head of state, is leading the legislature in drafting a new constitution, which will take the nation in a new direction.
Heifer has been working in Nepal for 16 years, helping build self-reliant and sustainable communities. As a budding peoples Republic among the worlds superpowers, Nepal needs to take to a similar direction of sustainability and self-reliance. Denne reiterated Heifers commitment to helping Nepal and its people.
Among Heifers projects in Nepal are programs in the presidents ancestral village of Saphari, in the eastern district of Dhanusa.