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 spans nice VDCs (roughly the equivalent of a US county), 85 settlements, and is home to around 32,000 people.
Reaching this area requires walking over rough trails for at least two days from the closest road or rough airstrip. 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.
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.