At the beginning of 2009, One Way started its mission work in Nepal which is our 10th mission field. Our local partner is a non-profit association and its goal is to help Nepal’s disadvantaged people i.a. by educating them and providing orphan children with a home and education. Our ministry in Nepal is led by Pastor Emmanuel along with his wife Hannah. In addition to educational and orphan work they support local pastors and evangelists, and also start churches. The mission center is located in the valley of Kathmandu.
Politically Nepal is a very unstable country. Its leader and governments have changed frequently. During 1996-2006, there was a civil war in Nepal which resulted in 13,000 casualties. The war left behind a huge number of orphans. In May of 2008, Nepal was declared a secular republic.
About 90% of Nepal’s population are Hindus and 8% are Buddhists. Converting people to Christianity and baptizing believers has been prohibited and at times, it has led to long prison sentences.
Nepal is also one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world. Nearly half of its inhabitants live below the poverty line and only 45% of the population is literate. Only 20% of the land is suitable for the cultivation of crops. As a result of monsoon rains and tree felling, landslides occur yearly and earthquakes are common.
Areas of Ministry
The primary project on the mission field of Nepal is the Christian orphanage in the valley of Kathmandu. At present, there are 23 children staying in the orphanage. In addition to Hannah and Emmanuel, there are four local workers taking care of the children.
Because of the civil war that lasted for years there are a lot of orphans in Nepal. When Emmanuel began planting churches in Nepal in the year 2000 he started getting messages about these orphan children and their unfortunate fates from the pastors of the churches he planted. After the deaths of their parents, many of these children have become victims of various kinds of abuse.
Now the children live in the orphanage where they receive a Christian upbringing and study at school in their local language. Many of them have done very well – some are even top-class students. We hope to expand the orphanage since there are still many orphans in need of safety, food and education around the regions of the churches.
You have an opportunity to participate in helping these children by becoming a sponsor. The sponsoring fee for a child is 55€/month.
For more information, please contact Nepal’s Sponsoring Secretary Virva: +358 40 715 5351, email: firstname.lastname@example.org