Elections in Nepal:

Local elections took place on May 13, with around 18 million Nepalis casting their votes to elect 35,000 new leaders. The local governments are dependent on federal resources but still play a significant role in lifting the living standards of ordinary people.

Pray that the newly elected officials will be servant-hearted leaders who will work actively for the good of their communities.

Green Pastures Hospital:

In spite of disruptions caused by COVID-19, GPH continues to develop. An improved outpatients will soon be open, with better access for people with disability, a new theatre for minor surgery and more private clinic spaces for consulting. Plans for the new leprosy ward have been developed with construction due to start soon. Please pray that the hospital will continue to serve people with love, and for safe building work to take place.

Health and Community Agreements:

New five year agreements have been signed between INF Nepal and the Government of Nepal. This gives certainty to community projects and visa conditions for expatriate advisors in these programs.  Give thanks for the stronger relationships being built between INF, politicians and key advisors in these ministries and departments.

New palliative care centre:

Please pray for staff at the newly opened centre which also has space for paediatric care. The ‘Sunita’ project will raise awareness of palliative care and provide outreach in Pokhara and rural areas. This is a new area of medical care in Nepal.

Caryn and Peter Kneale, who will soon serve with INFA as WHAT, visited Nepal this month and enjoyed opportunities for reflection and learning. Pray for the process of formalising their role descriptions and their final preparations to serve in Nepal long-term.

Stories of hope from Bajura

Bajura Climate Change Adaptation for Sustainable Livelihoods Project.

Maheshwori Rokaya is a resident of Guam Rural Municipality, ward number 4. She has a big family and its hard to provide sufficient food for everyone. In spite of all their hard work, the family’s small plot only provides food for a few months of the year. This is the result of poor soil, a lack of irrigation and increasing drought as well as natural disaster like land slides. The poor yield and lack of other opportunities to earn an income means members of her family have had to migrate to India at various times throughout the year, which disrupts relationships and the chance for education.

INF Nepal runs a program in the area which aims to help build the resilience of the community by equipping people to anticipate the impact of changing climate and learn practical livelihood skills to supplement their incomes. The project is far reaching, helping communities assess the risk of climate related changes that threaten crops and stock, responding in the aftermath of natural disaster and providing training for small business start ups.

INF Nepal offered Maheshwori training in the raising of poultry, and this has proved to be life changing for the family. Beginning with 15 chickens, Maheshwori has not only expanded her flock but decided to begin a small fish farm building on the principles she learnt in the project. This means the family can now meet their needs without the need to leave the area to find employment.

 “I am very positive and thankful to INF Nepal for the training and support,” Mashewori said.

Please pray for the leaders of this project as well as those who are benefiting from new skills. If you’d like to know more, or to make a gift to enable this work to continue, please visit here

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