Nepal is an amazing country, full of stunning scenery and beautiful people, but it is also a place of extreme economic and spiritual poverty. Long-held cultural beliefs contribute to the ongoing marginalization and exploitation of the country’s most vulnerable populations: women and children. They are often afforded little value in society, and are seen as more of a liability than an asset. Social beliefs continue to supress educational and employment opportunities, and increase afflictions such as forced labor, child marriage, and human trafficking. An estimated 270,000 Nepalis are currently enslaved, many being women and girls.
The Women at Risk (WAR) Initiative strives to abolish these practices by empowering those at highest risk. This initiative is based on Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
Currently in Central Nepal, with a potential for outreach across the country
TEAM envisions "a disciple-making Body of Christ in every ethnic group in Nepal which transforms and redeems individuals, families, communities, and their culture". As we live this out in this ministry initiative, women and girls will be valued, empowered, and have a future free from the threat of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation and marginalization.
Community Health Education/Evangelism (CHE): CHE is a holistic approach to community-based development. It addresses physical, spiritual, and social needs of the community, while also encouraging the community to identify and collaborate on solutions. The key to CHE is the community's willingness to take responsibility for addressing its own problems. This model is based on Christ’s ministry: transforming individual hearts, which in turn transforms the spirit of the community at large.
Human trafficking prevention: Aimed at increasing awareness and prevention of human trafficking through various training programs. These trainings target at-risk women and children, and also partners with other like-minded organizations, in settings such as schools, churches, village meetings, in-home and small groups.
Education: Educating girls and women regarding their bodies, health, human and legal rights, and their identity in Christ empowers them to have a healthy sense of self, and advocate for healthy places in their families and communities.
Scholarship Program: Providing opportunites for girls in a high-risk area to attend school, as a good education increases the potential to escape poverty and to seek employment free of exploitation and abuse.
This initiative is in its early stages. We are seeking teammates not only to fill roles in the above ministries, but also to envision new ways to empower women in Nepal. If you have work experience or skill sets that can benefit them, please contact us. We’d love to hear your ideas!
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