Heifer's Work in Nepal
Nepal is located in South Asia between China and India. A small country with an area of 56,827 sq miles, Nepal has great physical diversity—from the Terai Plain, at about 984 feet above sea level in the south, to the 29,029 feet high Mount Everest in the North.
Nepal is among the least developed countries in the world, with nearly one third of the population living below the poverty line. Agriculture still provides a livelihood for over 80 percent of the population and accounts for over 40 percent of the Gross National Product (GNP). Accordingly, over 85 percent of the people live in rural areas with a lack of access to many basic services.
Nepal is among the least developed countries in the world. Over 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas with a lack of access to many basic services.
Heifer’s history in Nepal can be traced back to 1957, when Heifer International sent shipments of cattle, pigs, sheep and parent stock of poultry at the government’s request in order to introduce high-yielding livestock into the native animal population. In 1993, the Baruwa Goat Raising Project for a group of 25 women in the Gitanagar Village Development Committee of Chitwan District was initiated as Heifer’s first project in Nepal. Heifer International Nepal began its official operation as a country office in September 1997 by signing the first formal agreement with the Social Welfare Council. Since that time, Heifer International Nepal has supported more than 60,000 families with livestock, training and community mobilization.