Nepal is in the bottom 50 least developed countries on the UN Human Development Index. Your help through ALWS is targeted at the poorest and most marginalized groups, including Dalit, Indigenous, landless and ethnic minorities. The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
'Thank you' to the people in Australia
Chanakala is a grandmother, and a farmer. Her village in Nepal has seen great change because of support from the ALWS family, matched with Australian Government funding, delivered through LWF Nepal.
“Before the Lutheran came here, we used to cultivate just cereal.
We had no idea how to grow vegetables or raise livestock. We had nothing to sell.
Now we grow so much.
In winter there is cauliflower, cow-peas, cabbage, pigeon-peas, radish and lentils. In summer there will be pumpkin, okra, tomato and sweet-corn. I have also harvested 150kgs of potatoes. Sometimes we even have excess to sell in the local market.
I want to say thank you to the people in Australia who support us.
I am very happy and give you many, many thanks. This is the greatest religion when there are people who are helpful and co-operative and care about families like ours.
If we can, we will also support other people who are in difficulties.”
Nepal is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
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Communities are supported to develop early warning systems, disaster response plans, risk reduction projects (like stabilizing the banks of rivers), safety nets (such as grain banks and disaster funds).
As well as experiencing less impact from floods, drought, landslides etc. families say they feel more in control of their lives, proud of what they could achieve, are more confident in taking on other challenges and an increased feeling of “community”.
Families are supported to expand their agricultural activities to grow more and a wider range of vegetables, fruits and crops. This means a healthier diet for families, and extra income when the surplus is sold.
Micro-Entrepreneurs are taught business and financial skills and are supported with some start up materials for businesses such as noodle carts, mobile phone repairs, shoe making, tailoring and commercial farming.
The farmers are also supported to access markets so they can get higher prices for their produce.
Women’s groups are formed and one member is trained to deliver a specially developed curriculum of literacy, financial skills, civic education and social awareness to the rest of the group.
Together they develop their skills and work together to access and advocate for the services and resources they are entitled to.
Human Rights Defenders are volunteers from communities who have a passion for helping and connecting with others.
They are trained in principles of human rights and share this with others in their communities and help people connect with groups and services that can support them.
For example, some Human Rights Defenders work particularly to bring people with disabilities together so they can access support services, and livelihood activities so they can earn an income.
ALWS’ partner, LWF, works to better connect the local and national government with the communities it works with.
This means that families receive the services they are entitled to, government allocates resources to community development projects and the connections and communication between communities and government is more open and accountable.
Communities regularly rate the quality of service they receive from government staff and departments, which encourages them to improve how they operate.