In Nepal, thousands of people die of communicable diseases every year. The reasons for this are mainly contaminated water, poor hygiene and sanitation and malnutrition. Girls and women are especially at risk: they also suffer from the harmful health effects of traditions surrounding menstruation and early marriage.
Nepalese health experts of the NGO HEAR Nepal want to provide better health and education, especially in the rural areas, starting in the Western district of Bajhang.
We cannot live without water, and nothing is as important for our health as clean drinking water. As in all developing countries – and Nepal is no exception – contaminated water is responsible for 80% of all communicable diseases. Severe contamination through garbage, sewage and animal carcasses often lead to diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis and cholera.Read more
Due to poverty, lack of education and poor hygiene, girls and women are especially at risk. To promote the dignity and health of girls and women, we provide education about puberty and menstruation to young girls in schools and distribute washable and reusable, biodegradable sanitary pads to girls and women in the villages.Read more
Where we work
We have decided to conduct our projects as a model in the western district of Bajhang. Bajhang is one of the ten poorest and least developed of the 77 districts in Nepal. It has a population of approximately 195,000, almost all of them Hindus. The majority of the people are engaged in agriculture, followed by wage labor; but due to a lack of jobs, 30% of the male population of Bajhang works in border towns in India.
Low cost, HIGH impact.
Your donation makes it possible for villagers to get access to clean drinking water and for girls and women to gain dignity and improve their health.