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Heifer Nepal is working to improve the livelihoods of 1,385 families in the Chitwan, Nawalparasi and Palpa districts of Nepal. These areas are characterized by poverty, caste discrimination and illiteracy. The 475 original project families will receive 900 goats, 40 water buffaloes, and fodder seed and saplings; the local groups will receive funds to purchase fruit and vegetable seed and saplings. An additional 910 families will benefit though Passing on the Gift.
All project participants receive trainings on Heifer’s 12 Cornerstones, self-help group management, improved animal management, kitchen gardening and organic farming, forage feed production, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS awareness. The project will also conduct values-based literacy program classes and organize youth into groups for Cornerstones training. Heifer will also train Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW) and provide basic veterinary equipment and vet supplies. Visits will be organized for project participants to learn from other Heifer project sites.
In this period, participants continued learning about improved animal management skills and have been able to make livestock and farming their major sources of income. Families are realizing the importance of a balanced diet and have started consuming their milk, milk products and vegetables, which has in turn improved their health. Personal hygiene and health has been a major focus as well, with an increased number of toilets, improved cooking stoves, biogas units and household waste management.
The self-help group members are coordinating with agencies on community development activities. For example, one self-help group received funds and two tractors from the area agriculture support office to promote organic-based agriculture. Self-help groups are raising their voices with the village development committee, and their requests are being taken into consideration for further budget allocations.