To practically express God’s love through holistic transformation, serving marginalized communities and HIV-affected people through health, livelihood, environment, sustainable development, leadership, and management capacity building.
In one of the districts where we work, poverty is rampant. The average income is just $1.70 per day. Many people do not have permanent shelters, drinking water, sanitation or electricity. The literacy rate is 51 percent. Flooding, trafficking and looting are ongoing problems. HIV has become a concentrated epidemic among intravenous drug users, female sex workers, truck drivers, migrant workers and housewives. Over 70,000 people are living with HIV in Nepal, with 21,947 children orphaned by AIDS. HIV home-based care services are estimated to reach only 1,800 of these. HIV and issues related to sexuality are not openly discussed, and there is shame and stigma attached to being HIV-infected.
After a regional analysis, programs have been selected that will make the most impact on the spiritual health, physical health, and wellbeing of the community. We have developed six categories in which beneficiaries will participate in community courses or be the recipients of tools that will assist them in learning: women’s literacy courses; HIV/AIDS testing and care; toilet, water and sanitation; savings credit groups; income generation training; and leadership capacity building. We will be the facilitators, helping groups plan, search for resources, and take action. All this will be coordinated through the local church with the anticipation that one day the church will run this entire ministry.
Short Range: We will hold six classes in 2013, with the anticipation of directly impacting over 5,200 people.
Mid-Range: The literacy rate, percentage of people that have access to clean water, and number of sustenance farmers will increase by 30 percent to 40 percent.
Long Range: The church will impact the community by offering these programs, resulting in opportunities to reach out to the spiritual needs of participants.
Impact: Participants will be able to make their own decisions and become more proactive in solving social, health, economic, spiritual and environmental problems.