Celebrating Success: Caritas Nepal turns 30

23 Oct 2019   |   Blog

Tags:  solidarity, human dignity, humanitarian aid, partnership, Nepal   |   No comments

This year Caritas Nepal is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary of walking alongside the people of Nepal helping them face humanitarian crises, social injustice and poverty for a more prosperous and resilient future.

 ‘As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary, we emphasize our vision, ‘a peaceful, equitable and just society where there is solidarity among people and respect for human dignity’. Realising this vision for all Nepali people, regardless of caste, creed, ethnicity and religion, is the main concern of Caritas Nepal,’ says Fr. Lalit Tudu, Executive Director, Caritas Nepal.

School children by the river. Credit: Caritas Australia

Nepal’s remote location, domestic instability and susceptibility to natural disasters have severely compromised the country’s economic development. This fragile and vulnerable community has benefited from several programs spanning 30 years walking in solidarity with Caritas Nepal and its’ network. Assistance has included, but not limited to, humanitarian aid during natural disasters and longer term rebuild and recovery programs.

Nepali woman drying fish. Credit: Caritas Australia

Spotlight on Caritas Nepal’s Achievements

Humanitarian Aid

  • Since its’ establishment, Caritas Nepal has assisted 1,033,815 people with relief material, disaster preparedness and recovery. Upto 470 specialised relief workers have been trained
  • 377 water schemes or facilities (hand pumps, ponds, canals) were restored after disasters, providing access to safe water for at least 27,723 people since 2015
  • A total of 17, 478 people engaged in Cash for Work activities, to rebuild their communities and have a temporary source of income in the period 2015 - 2019

Nepali women lead their cows. Credit: Caritas Australia

Economic Empowerment

  • Since 2017, 40 farmers groups learned methods for organic/kitchen gardening, farming, with 1,029 participants
  • There have been 359 research trials on different cereal crops and vegetables to assist farmers in climate change adaption
  • In 2019, 133 advocacy workshops were set up to raise awareness about human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, climate change, health and nutrition; 3,878 people participated

Man with livestock. Credit: Caritas Australia

Social Support

  • From 2001 to 2018 Caritas Nepal has provided a midday meal for around 6000 children
  • A total of 40 libraries were established in schools between 2016 and 2019
  • In 10 years (2009 – 2019), Caritas Nepal helped communities form 140 child clubs, with 11,200 participants in discussions and learning activities

Nepali school children. Credit: Caritas Australia

Caritas Nepal has made an outstanding contribution to the rehabilitation and recovery of Nepal helping them rise from the rubble following the diabolical Earthquakes of 2015. The people of Nepal are building sustainable livelihoods and renewed confidence in a more prosperous and resilient future.

The first Caritas Nepal office. Credit: Caritas Nepal

Emily Bradstreet is the Media Officer at Caritas Australia.

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