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Nepal entered the modern world in 1951 without schools, hospitals, roads, telecommunications, electric power, industry, or public civil service of any kind. In recent years, political upheaval and constant change in ruling power has led to slower overall growth. Nepal ranks among the world's poorest countries with 31% of the population below the poverty line.

The level of poverty has remained high and nearly constant despite political and democratic changes, various "anti-poverty" policies and programs, and substantial international financial assistance. Even with the uphill challenge, Nepal has made progress toward sustainable economic growth since the 1950’s. The Nepalese people and its current government are committed to a 10-year policy prioritization plan. The effort includes a variety of programs where communities can join together in creating a long-term economic independence and poverty alleviation.

The will to create a better life is evident throughout CHOICE Humanitarian project areas. The spirit and determination of Nepal’s villagers has been an inspiration to CHOICE volunteers for over fifteen years. Village leaders such as Durga Adhikari have made remarkable efforts to organize villagers, to teach life-changing skills about micro-credit, micro-enterprise and improved agricultural techniques.

The villages around Okhlepani, Nepal where Durga is from, are taking CHOICE methodology further and faster than anywhere else in the world. They have turned a $286k investment into $1.1 million of project funding, leading to economic growth and improved living standards. Adjacent villages are actively duplicating this success.

“The need is still desperately critical,” says CHOICE Humanitarian In-Country Director for Nepal,
Bishnu Adhikari.
But my goal is to work myself out of a job. I want to see an end to poverty in Nepal in my lifetime!” Bishnu was recently presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award at CHOICE Humanitarian’s annual fund raising gala. Bishnu and his staff have worked tirelessly to apply CHOICE strategies in Nepal that have improved the lives of tens of thousands of villagers.

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CHOICE - Nepal by the Numbers

  • Nepal villages where CHOICE has worked: 1000
  • Nepalese directly impacted by CHOICE: 275,000
  • Nepalese indirectly impacted by CHOICE: 281,000

Village Progress at a Glance - Nepal

  • CHOICE ICD (In-Country Director) for Nepal, Bishnu Adhikari met with the President of Nepal, Mr. Ram Baran Yadav who expressed support for CHOICE Humanitarian economic development programs
  • A village Eco Tourism Trekking program is designed and will launch in 2010
  • The Kisedi Khola and Rairang Hydro Power Plants are underway
  • With CHOICE support, the Rotary Foundation has awarded a Bio Gas Grant to help construct bio gas digesters in many villages
  • CHOICE Humanitarian is working with NGO partners to create a network of healthcare professionals easily accessible to thousands of villagers
  • 289 scholarships were awarded in Nepal's scholarship program
  • Dhuseni, a CHOICE graduated village is celebrating a new road and a new school
  • Seven schools have been built in 2010
  • Two 'brick and mortar' libraries have been set up and two e-libraries have been established
  • Thirty English language teachers have been trained
  • Five new school building constructions are slated for completion in 2011
  • CHOICE creates an alliance with GHCH (Gentle Heart Children Home) Nepal Ministries and First Hope to support orphanages in Kathmandu
  • Kids on Computers generously donated tablets to CHOICE for Nepal LIFE data collection and has supplied laptops to four school labs in Nepal.
  • Thanks to the 'tipping bucket' award, a village recycling project is now in place in many villages
  • Development of the environmentally-friendly and income-generating fuel, Jatropha Oil is nearing completion
  • Along with CHOICE partner, Hope Alliance, healthcare professionals are being trained in many villages
  • Bishnu Adhikari trains CHOICE Kenya staff and villagers in the construction of bio gas digesters.

Bishnu Meets the President of Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal  –  In-Country Director Bishnu Adhikari's meeting with Nepal President, Mr. Ram Baran Yadav was very productive. The meeting was not only the first time a CHOICE In-Country Director has had an audience with a sitting president of their country but very significant for CHOICE Humanitarian. The CHOICE Humanitarian model is now being understood from the grass-roots level to the top levels of government. NGOs and villages can now access governmental support and coordination to create a powerful and efficient strategy for poverty eradication.

Cross Training in Kenya

Mombasa, Kenya  –  Every CHOICE Humanitarian country team has developed expertise in various appropriate technologies that can be highly useful in other countries. During the CHOICE Humanitarian world conference in 2010 a significant knowledge transfer took place from the CHOICE Nepal team to the CHOICE Kenya team. Bishnu Adhikari trained CHOICE staff and villagers in the construction of bio gas digesters. The digesters will significantly contribute to cleaner air and efficient waste recycling.

Take a Trek - Visit a Village

Many Villages in Nepal  –  Eco tourism and village culture touring is an innovative new concept building from the vast trekking industry in Nepal. Currently it isn't easy for trekkers to make a real connection to locals. The new tourism program will allow trekkers to stay in villager homes, eat in their kitchens, learn about their culture, customs, religion, food and environment. Visitors can take side trips for rock climbing, mountain biking or visiting ancient ruins. They can work on a humanitarian project. Providing a personally rewarding tourism experience the new plan will give an economic boost to villages that so far haven't shared in tourism dollars.

Turn on the Lights!

Kisedi Khola and Rairang Hydro Power Plants are two examples of small hydro-power facilities that the CHOICE Humanitarian team is developing with the local communities. These new hydro-electric projects represent a vital renewable resource that will create an on-going revenue stream for participating communities. CHOICE is actively seeking investment capital partners for these projects.