Nepal

Country Info

CARE was one of the first international aid agencies to work in Nepal. Today, CARE Nepal works to address the systemic and structural causes of poverty and social injustice, such as discrimination based on gender, caste, class and ethnicity; poor governance; and vulnerability from conflict and natural disasters. CARE has identified three core themes for its current programs:

  • empowering women
  • securing livelihoods and effectively managing natural resources
  • addressing equity and social justice

CARE works with some of the poorest, most vulnerable communities in Nepal, focusing on Dalits (people deemed as lower class), socially excluded indigenous people, poor families, marriageable girls and boys, single women, people with HIV/AIDS, and people affected by conflict or disaster.

Our Work in Nepal

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

A Struggle to Overcome Discrimination in Nepal

My name is Dhan Bahadur Pariyar. I was born 35 years ago into an untouchable-caste family. I live with my 65-year-old father Mate, my 70-year-old mother Mangali, wife Suk Maya and Subash, who is 7.

Because I had been born into a lower caste, I was discriminated against my entire life. When I was 7, upper-caste people scolded me when I tried to drink water from a village water tap. I was surprised.

Empowering Women to Battle Extreme Poverty: Sangita Dhawal's Story

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My name is Sangita Dhawal. I live in Badahara Dubauliya VDC of Nawalparasi district.trict. Three years ago I was a new bride of my house and I was not allowed me to go out from my home. One day a change agent of CARE Nepal SAMANATA Project (2007 to 2009), Dhrub Narayan Harijan, came to our ward and organized a meeting of women for the purpose of saving. I was very interested to participate in the meeting. I requested and convinced my husband and father in-law to let me participate. Thankfully they agreed and I was able to be a part of the savings group where I started to save Rs.

CARE in The Los Angeles Times

In Nepal, boys as young as 7 are forced to marry.

Marrying off the young boys are common in poor, predominantly Hindu communities there. The reasons are just as complex as the consequences,

The Los Angeles Times reports after spending a few days with CARE Nepal staff and meeting former child grooms.

CARE is doing the tough work of trying to change attitudes to delay marriage for boys and girls through a project called The Tipping Point.

I Overcame My Fear of Becoming a Mother

“I am from the so-called untouchable caste dalit. Generally women from my community get married at an early age. I too was not an exception. With the fear my parents would force me to marry someone of their choice, I eloped with the man I loved," says Ganga B.K.

“Though I much adored small babies, the thought of pregnancy always frightened me. I had closely observed the miscarriage of my sister-in-law Hema and witnessed her pain. The excessive bleeding she had to bear had installed deep fear inside of me, and even the thought of that pain sends shivers down my spine.

Doing No More Harm

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When Amarnath Yadav, 27, was mugging up for his final year bachelor's degree examination, his mind drifted towards what he would do after college. Being a student of the education stream, he was expected to be a teacher, but he wanted to explore more. It was during those idling and anxious hours before the exam that he came across a vacancy announcement in the local newspaper. Siddarth Samudayik Samaj, an NGO based in Rupandehi district, wanted some social mobilizers for an upcoming project that aimed to address the underlying causes of child marriage in partnership with CARE Nepal.

Engaging Men Learning Initiative

Reaching toward a more gender equal world enables societies to tap everyone’s potential – regardless of their gender -  for stronger, more fulfilling and resilient relationships, households and societies. CARE is committed to promoting gender equality as a cornerstone for lasting change, reducing poverty, and achieving social justice. Supporting gender equality requires not only a commitment to supporting the empowerment of women and girls, but also engaging men and boys as allies in this effort.

Tipping Point Key Learning Questions

These questions came out of lengthy discussions with project teams in Bangladesh and Nepal. As a learning project, Tipping Point staff and community groups will intentionally explore these questions in the course of our work with communities and networks.

1. How can community mobilization strategies be applied to change community norms related to child marriage and its root causes?

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