This village in Nepal, tucked away at the base of the Himalayas, is located in one of the world’s poorest countries on the world. 25 percent of it's people live below the poverty line, 5 million are undernourished and amidst a struggling economy and low political stability, life is a challenge. Earthquakes in Nepal are another cause of the country’s instability. In the 2015 magnitude 7.5 earthquake, many lost their homes and ability to earn income and were forced to find other ways to make a living. Under these desperate conditions, women often fall vulnerable to trafficking and abuse.
Through the generosity of people like you who have given to Nepal Empowered, conditions in Karki Gaun are improving. Here is what the program is making available:
Rebuilding Karki Gaun
With the purchase of brick making equipment, the villagers can now manufacture building materials to repair homes damaged by the 2015 earthquake and build new homes and public buildings. We are in the early stages of developing an animal husbandry program that will allow for the women of the village to raise goats for a sustainable source of food.
44.5% of women in, most of them in rural Nepal, are illiterate. Nepal Empowered offers programs focused on teaching basic reading and writing skills to the women of the village. Doing so helps them better engage children in learning and reading. Most importantly, women’s lives are completely changed. Urmila who has struggled most of her lives describes her transformation: “The Adult Literacy Program has become my soul... I am speechless, I am overwhelmed.”
Ready for an adventure?
Volunteer with us in the village of Karki Gaun and trek in the majestic Himalayas! Explore the rich cultural heritage in Kathmandu, get to know the people of Karki Gaun through volunteering and culminate the adventure of a lifetime with a week-long trek in the Himalayas. Click here to find out how you can be a part of this amazing experience.