Our engagement with a community begins when we are invited in. We provide long-term support to a cluster of villages in the most remote valleys of Eastern Nepal. Our working area spanned nine VDCs (roughly the equivalent of a US county) in the old administrative structure of Nepal. After the federal restructuring of Nepal in 2017, our working areas now lie within 5 Rural Municipalities of two districts. Our working area consists of more than 85 distinct settlements and is home to around 40,000 people.
The vast majority of residents depend upon subsistence farming and migrant labor to survive. The rugged landscape here is home to Buddhists, Animists, and Hindus alike. There are six distinct languages spoken – including Kulung and Koyee – both which are not spoken anywhere else on Earth.
Reaching these areas used to require walking over rough trails for days from the closest road or rough airstrip. Since 2017, with rapid changes sweeping the countryside of Nepal, many of these areas are connected by new rough roads.
These are some of the most beautiful and ecologically harmonious communities on the globe. They also face very serious challenges due to lack of emergency health care, basic sanitation, economic opportunities, and education. Climate change and decreasing yields threaten food security, and the younger generation is fleeing in search of work.
We work in true partnership with community members to bring real change that lasts. Find out more about each of these communities below.