Nepal

Catholic Relief Services supports fair trade cooperative Mahaguthi: Crafts with a Conscience through a partnership with fair trade umbrella organization SERRV. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS.

Catholic Relief Services supports fair trade cooperative Mahaguthi: Crafts with a Conscience through a partnership with fair trade umbrella organization SERRV. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS.

One of the poorest countries in the world, nearly half of Nepal's population lives below the poverty line. Over 10 years of conflict cost many Nepalese their lives and battered the Himalayan kingdom's already weak economy. In addition, each year Nepal experiences multiple natural disasters such as monsoon floods, landslides, fires and drought. Most parts of the country are also seismically active. Catholic Relief Services focuses primarily on supporting Caritas Nepal in emergency aid to families affected by disasters.

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Stats

Population:30,430,267 (July 2013 est.)
Size:56,136 sq mi; about the size and shape of Tennessee
People Served:25,503 (2013 est.)

History

Given the magnitude of natural disasters affecting Nepal each year, CRS began supporting Caritas Nepal in their emergency response efforts. In 2005, CRS broadened its scope to include projects in counter-trafficking and civic education.

Partners

Caritas Nepal

Programs

Education
Disaster Response
Other


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