We have reached our funding goals.
While we continue with valuable programs and local outreach in our own community, we have decided to extend our social justice reach more globally to the Village of Bansbari, Nepal. In 2015, Nepal was devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that affected and displaced thousands of families. Efforts to rebuild are still underway in the most heavily hit areas, such as Bansbari, where we have decided to focus our efforts. Located in the rural mountains of the Sinhupalchowk district, Bansbari Village is a 4-hour drive from Kathmandu and home to vulnerable families who lost their homes in the natural disaster. Most of the residents are identified as Dalits, an underprivileged caste of the Nepalese people who have been socially and economically deprived for generations. Today, the community is struggling to rebuild their lives.
In partnership with HOPE International Development Agency (BC) and Women for Peace and Democracy, the Nepal Initiative for the Dalit people of Bansbari will create a community in this scattered area by supporting the reconstruction of the family homes with an innovative housing trust, and by providing business development training and loans to local women through self-help groups.
Our hope is to help rebuild Bansbari Village, revive their sense of dignity, and provide education, resources and support to sustain their future.