Nepal is located in South Asia between China and India. A small country with an area of 147,181 sq km, Nepal has great physical diversity—from the Terai Plain at about 300 meters above sea level in the south to 8,800 meter 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 population lives in rural areas with a lack of access to many basic services.
Heifer's Work in Nepal
Heifer’s history in Nepal can be traced back to 1957, when shipments of cattle, pigs, sheep and parent stock of poultry introduced high-yielding livestock into the native animal population. 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 Nepal has supported more than 71,000 families with livestock, trainings and community mobilization.
Heifer today works extensively with women’s groups to build capacity in a country where women are often marginalized. Heifer projects have been shown to significantly impact gender equity and caste discrimination.
Key Services Heifer Provides:
Sustainable agricultural production: Improved animal management, kitchen gardens produced with compost, forage and fodder planting and storage, community-based disaster-risk management, water harvesting, sanitation and hygiene
Post-harvest management and processing: Food grain storage and food waste management
Market development: Self-help groups are trained to form cooperatives, develop business plans and access the dairy and goat meat value chain
Technology: Social capital formation, improved animal management, improved cooking stoves and sanitation, biogas
Nutrition: Training on human nutrition, sanitation and hygiene
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Site Bushal is telling a group of visitors how she has benefited from a community transformation that resulted in a group spirit of Sharing and Caring.
I see children everywhere at Passing on the Gift® events, door-to-door visits, hanging around their mothers and marching in rallies alongside women. These children are growing up around strong, independent women who have a voice and opinions to bring change in their community.
Our group of Heifer Nepal and Heifer International headquarters staff was climbing because “they were there,” they being the women and men in need who live at the top and will soon begin training for Heifer’s goat value-chain project.
Their success is an inspiration not just to me, but to groups like them all over the world who see that whatever they can imagine they can make real with their own hands.
I received two goats from Heifer International and applied the knowledge I acquired during Improved Animal Management training while raising them. After receiving the animals I have passed on two goats. My small effort has helped my family have a better life. I hope other women will be able to achieve bigger success by working harder.
Livestock are at the very core of much of how Heifer works with families.
A BBC Nepal radio broadcast discusses forage production by Heifer International Nepal project members.
At Heifer International we believe there is no development strategy more beneficial to society than the one that involves women as central players, and at the same time engages men to encourage a more accepting view of women’s participation.