With funding from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), we are able to expand our commitment in the Karnali Region in northwestern Nepal: In four communities in Bajura and Humla, we will support a maternal and child health programme, which will focus on the issue of nutrition like the ongoing programme in neighbouring Mugu District. By raising awareness, agricultural trainings and support of vegetable farming and cash crops like kiwi and spices, the most disadvantaged people in this remote region will be enabled to produce healthier, more diverse food for themselves and their children and thus improve their life chances. About a third of the total population of 14,100 people will be direct beneficiaries from the agricultural programme.
The project also includes literacy courses for 200 women and also addresses the problem of mental health: teachers, traditional healers and female community health volunteers will receive trainings that will enable them to recognize the signs of poor mental health and take appropriate steps – suicide and attempted suicides are a serious problem among women in remote regions of Nepal, and so far, there are few if any offers to address this issue.
For further information, please see our project page.
The Austrian Development Agency funds roughly 50% of project costs in the framework of its “Individual Projects South” programme.