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Concern improves access in Nepal

Draped along the spine of the Himalayas, Nepal is a land of sublime scenery and some of the most poverty-stricken villages on earth. Concern is working to improve access for people living in these remote areas.

Rural poverty

Kathmandu is like any other bustling city, with its internet cafes, nightclubs, mountaineering shops and modern transport. But venture off the beaten track and you will see the real Nepal. It’s just a few miles away from the capital, but a world apart. Problems such as malnutrition, disease and poverty are widespread throughout the countryside. The hilly and isolated rural districts of Nepal are remote and forgotten places in desperate need of help. This is why Concern has started programme work here.

Concern in Nepal

Concern’s expertise lies in targeting the poorest 40 countries of the world, countries most affected by extreme poverty such as Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan. Often these places are extremely remote and difficult to reach, but Concern’s previous experience and success in Nepal, means that the organisation is best equipped to go in and make a difference.

Beautiful but difficult landscape

From the country that brings you eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, there are some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Flowing gorges, graceful hilltop villages and the peaks of the Himalayas may look good for a backdrop, but Nepal’s beautiful landscape is part of the problem.

The struggle for access

Access is the main problem in Nepal and one of the things that Concern is addressing. Long and treacherous journeys, to get water for example, waste valuable time that could be spent tending crops or going to school. Without an adequate crop yield, malnutrition becomes prevalent, making it more difficult for people to complete simple daily tasks. Concern and local partners are starting a range of community-based projects in the most remote areas, which, once completed, will allow access, development and ultimately a return to self-sufficiency.