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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Dear Heifer, You may not have time to read the following and that's okay because mostly I have to write it for myself. Several days ago when I answered the phone, a gentle male voice identified himself as someone from Heifer International and informed me of the thousands of Heifer families (and others) who had nothing as a result of the Nepal earthquake. He asked me if I could send $600 now to help out. How I wished I could have done that. I explained that the only way I was able to send checks of several hundred dollars in the past was that my family was willing to give up their Christmas gifts so that I could send what they would have cost to Heifer. The caller then asked for something smaller and I had to tell him that I give away more than 10% of my income to four places and must stay within that guideline because there are so many worthy causes asking for help. He graciously thanked me for what I had done in the past and we both hung up. I could not forget the thought of those people in such hopeless conditions and for several days, the image of what life must be like for them stayed with me until I thought of a way to send just a very small check. If I withheld my weekly contribution to my church for just two weeks, expecting that we could delay the current repair or updating or mission project, I could send that to Heifer. So I want to thank your caller and the many like him who spend themselves asking people like me for help. Although I said "no" to his plea, it was he who planted the seed which took a few days to grow. Thank you to all who do so much at a sacrifice to themselves to help those in need. Sincerely, Gwenneth H.
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Fundraising during the Month of Friendship and Love has been an annual tradition for the 4th grade students at Freeman School in Aurora, IL. Heifer International's Director of Philanthropy, Vicki Clark, visited Freeman School before this year's fundraiser launched to talk about Heifer's mission. Click the title of this story to read more...
Millburn Middle School from New Jersey through the PLOP Global Peer Leader Outreach Program organized an urgent fundraiser to respond to the needs of the Nepalese families who recently suffered two major earthquakes. Knowing the impact of their efforts and contributions, the students and staff wanted to become part of the solution to the countless problems derived from this natural disaster and raised a total of $1,298.72. The contribution was sent to the Heifer International headquarters who directed the money to Heifer International's Disaster Rehabilitation Fund for Nepal. The MMS/PLOP Global and their advisor, María Deraville, hope their contributions will alleviate to some degree the problems of the Nepalese families. Update: María notified Heifer International that their total actually amounted to $1,358.72!
First Presbyterian is raising funds for the Heifer Nepal project participants affected by the recent earthquakes. We hope these eye-catching posters help them reach their goal! First Presbyterian can be reached at www.fpceh.org.
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.