Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with over 57% of its population living on less than US$2 per day. It is landlocked between China & India, and with its mountainous topography it has insufficient infrastructure making it difficult to overcome this cycle of poverty. Currently 60% of roads in Nepal become inoperable during the wet season and 63% of households do not have access to electricity. Although Nepal has made many advances over the past number of years it still has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world at 52% and most children do not receive the opportunity to study beyond primary school. Malnutrition is rife causing 47% of children to be stunted. Poor sanitation, with 1/3 of households not having a a toilet, contributes to disease. Understandably unemployment is a major issue forcing many Nepali people to have to leave their homeland in order to support their families.
Our Rotary District has been assisting in poverty alleviation for the Nepalese people for many years, providing funding for health, education and micro-finance.
2013 Nepal project details:
Sydney City Rotaract members along with other volunteers (20 altogether) travelled to Nepal from 24-28 October 2013. The project was held in a small village on top of a hill in the Kavre District. We held two projects that were run simultaneously during the 5 days.
The projects' focus was on on maternal and children health as well as education. We organised and ran a medical camp and refurbished a local school for Dalit (lower caste) children – Janprabhat Primary School.
For full report on the project please visit: http://www.sydneycityrotaract.org.au/news/2013/2013-11/sydney-city-rotaract-returns-nepal