Good News For Nepal

Nepal is a land hidden in the hills above India. “Serenity” and “peaceful living” are words often used to describe the Nepali culture. However, a “silent crisis” has longed plagued Nepal, as the country goes on record for being one of the poorest in the world. Over half of the population in 2012 lived on less than $1.25 each day. The ten-year civil war between the Maoist rebels and state security, which ended in 2006, caused a dramatic collapse of the economy (Economy, 2013). To make matters worse, their lives literally came crashing down in 2015 when a massive earthquake hit the land and killed more than 9,000 people (Zhong, 2015). Resulting from a destructed economy, malnutrition has continued to rise, presenting itself in over 41% of children 5 years old and younger. In addition to ramped malnutrition in the country, gender inequality continues to be part of the cultural norm. Women are continually being treated with less importance to men. Even though current day Nepali feminists are making large steps against gender inequality, it is still heavily embedded into the cultural traditions (Robbins, 2015). This also manifests itself through the children’s malnutrition, as girls have a much higher malnutrition rate than boys.  In addition to malnutrition, Nepal has a high rate of child sex trafficking. Currently, over 13,000 girls are captive as sex slaves in the capital of Kathmandu alone. Furthermore, the gender inequality also has a high impact on the education levels Nepali women hold. If the girls had the opportunity to attend school at an early age, once they reach puberty, they are expected to take on further household responsibilities, limiting their ability to continue with school. It is estimated that more than 50% of children drop out of school before they even reach lower secondary school. Research has continued to show that the greatest result of malnutrition stems from a lack of education (Sarki, 2016). Thus, increasing the people’s education levels, and education specifically concerning nutrition, are critical tools in combating malnutrition.

Thus, the Lord ha called me to travel to Nepal. My heart has longed been plagued to help fight against malnutrition. Throughout my studies of nutrition, my passion to combat malnutrition has only continued to grow. Current in most every society on the planet, it is one of the most debilitating factors in succeeding and living a healthy life. However, my heart is to first and foremost to share the love and grace the Christ has given us. I have been blessed to be given a platform at the Calvary Chapel Bible College in Kathmandu, Nepal. There, I will teach Nutrition classes and be conducting research for my thesis. While teaching about nutrition is so important in helping to increase the livelihood of the people there, I am most excited to be sharing about the good news of my Savior. Nutrition education may help with short term physical well being, but the love that my Savior provides, gives forever spiritual healing. I am hoping to give a Nepali Bible to each of the people that I teach at the Bible College in Nepal.

While in Nepal I also have the blessing of teaming up with another non-profit organization, Conscious Impact, in Takure, Nepal. About 5 hours outside of Kathmandu, Takure is even more hidden within the hills, and the people of Conscious Impact have such a large heart for the locals there. Conscious impact focuses on four main projects in the area: education, micro-finance, building and farming. They often visit the local schools to help advance education. They have a formula and a machine for brick building, in which they are constantly reconstructing buildings that were torn down in the earthquake. They work with a local micro-finance company where they help Nepali women learn to participate in microfinancing to help them start up their own businesses and provide for their family. Lastly, they have large farming projects where they grow their own food, as well as provide trainings and example designs to the local people. I am hoping to raise $500 to help support their current projects. 

If you have the heart to go on this journey with me, and would like to make a financial contribution to either the Bibles, or Conscious Impact, please visit the links below.

Bibles for Nepal: https://www.gofundme.com/tmkknc?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=cta_button&utm_campaign=upd_n

Conscious Impact: http://www.empowered.org/RebuildNepal-January5-14

Lastly, please join with me in praying for the people there. Prayer is so important during all times of ministry, and I would be so grateful if you could pray for acceptance, open hearts, willingness to learn and understanding for me and all of the people I will be teaching. 

I am forever grateful for your partnership in joining me on this journey to Nepal. I am excited for all that is to come!

With Christ's Abundant Love,

~Natalie Baugh

Natalie Baugh