From Desolation to Community

[“SHARE” JAN – MAR 2018 ] FOCUS ~ Community Development

Written and edited by: Jady Sit, Jojo Poon

At noon on 25 April 2015, Nepal was hit by the strongest earthquake in 80 years. Countless families lost their loved ones, homes, and properties. Approximately one third of Nepal’s population, 8 million, was affected by the quake. In the midst of ruthless disaster, people responded with love. Shortly after the earthquake, the world quickly pooled their resources to help. Yet, when global news coverage died down and emergency relief phased out, this was when we began to walk with the affected communities, helping them to rebuild and recover their communities sustainably for the long run.

In the last decade, CEDAR has been supporting partners’ community development work in mountainous communities in Nepal. Our partners mobilised community members to bring gradual changes to their communities, from hygiene improvement to equipping women’s livelihood skills, so they can live better lives. Though the 7.9-magnitude earthquake had destroyed most of the infrastructures and work in project communities, members and leaders of village committees villages assisted in aid distribution. Their help was vital to CEDAR and its partners to carry out post-quake response efficiently, and it also showed the fruits of development work – villagers’ knowledge and collaborative skills.

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The Long-awaited Change of Gender Inequalities in Nepal

Living in a Hindu country with the caste system, the women of Nepal were traditionally being oppressed. They had a far lower chance to receive education and employment than men. In the worst case, some women in the countryside had to gain permission from their husbands and in-laws for things as trivial as leaving the house, hence they were mostly bound to the kitchens and farms.

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Nepal after the Earthquake


Interviewed by Jojo Poon
Edited by: Tsun Wan Yan and Jojo Poon

Last year, the country Nepal suffered a massive earthquake followed by a series of chaos triggered by the adoption of new constitution in September, resulting in blockade of borders between India and Nepal, causing shortage in many necessity supplies. It’s hard to imagine how the Nepalese could survive their harsh winter this year. Tang, a member of CEDAR’s Nepal earthquake relief team, previously spent eight years in Nepal. Not only she can speak the local dialect, she is also familiar with the local culture and church network. Her involvement in the relief work reveals many discoveries, and these discoveries enable us to better learn the situation of the quake victims so we can go deeper into their needs, challenges and difficulties.

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Nepal Earthquake Relief: “Now I can Feel Safe and Secure during the Monsoon.”

Two months have passed since the deadly earthquakes struck Nepal. Though the needs are still immense and the road to recovery long and challenging, your kind donation and prayer support have enabled CEDAR to work with our local partners in Nepal to bring relief to the quake survivors and provide emotional support in the midst of hard times.

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Fight Human Trafficking with Nepali Community

“When I found out I was sold by my husband, I wanted to end my life.” Growing up in the mountain area in Nepal, Suntali was married at the age of 15 and she had two daughters and a son. To support her family, Suntali worked in other people’s farms and earned very little money. She then followed her husband and went to Saudi Arabia to work as a domestic helper. At first, she thought she could earn a better income to improve her family’s life, but unfortunately she suffered constant hunger, physical violence and even sexual assault. Later, Suntali discovered that her husband had sold her for 20,000 Rupees (about US$200). It was a shock to her and she once thought about committing suicide, but the next thought of her lovely children kept her alive. In the end, with the help of her family and relief agency in Nepal, Suntali returned home safely.

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Women in Nepal Can Have Self-confidence and Dignity


The Nepalese culture is strongly influenced by male superiority and caste system values. Local women, especially those in rural districts, are rarely involved in social events or decision making processes. Not only are they unable to express their views, they are also unfairly treated and bounded by various social restrictions.

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