Nepal is a beautiful country with beautiful people.
The people of Nepal are close to our hearts. We have been there for many years now and have a deep appreciation and love for the people and their culture. The nations beauty however hides some very serious problems that bring significant challenges to those living below the poverty line. The Badi are part of a group (or class) of people referred to as 'untouchable' these people are extremely impoverished. It has been a part of Nepali culture for these people to be used for labour with many youngsters taken against their will into a life of slavery.
Since working in Nepal we have seen and heard horrendous stories, but have also seen amazing stories of transformation and restoration. There have been many ups and downs with our work in Nepal, with government legislation changing on a semi-regular basis in regards to what is permissible combined with the constant task of raising funds to allow the development of programs.
Our priority to educate and train these young people sees us also involved with preventing trafficking and the rescue of young lives. Teaching leaders, pastors and offering vocational initiatives to young people is as rewarding as it is challenging. We know God has been gracious, and we believe we are following His leading in serving the people of Nepal.
We have been involved with work in Myanmar since 2014, and God has opened doors in regard to the rescue of abused girls and young ladies and help for widows. This has created opportunities for employment and self sustainability.
One of our main focuses is education and the Promise International School has had a solid start.
As with many developing countries, education is a key part of that development. The school is set up to give learning opportunities to young people through sponsorship, who could otherwise never make that a reality.
"PROMISE is a co-educational day school which provides quality, contemporary, family-focussed, faith-based schooling under an international curriculum. PROMISE operates with a learner-centred, enquiry-based approach to learning. We aim to develop life-long learners, equipped to be effective global citizens with a deep respect for self, others and the environment."
We can see many great opportunities breaking on the horizon and look forward to work that is in front of us.
India is a more recent initiative for us. The main focus here is rescue and rehabilitation of young girls and women from brothels into education, vocational training or safely repatriated to home.
Parts of India are major places for the slavery and abuse of young girls. Girls may be kidnapped and sold, or even sold by their family member for income. The things that these young girls and women endure would break your heart.
There are many, many girls in need of rescue and with the help of our partners in this country, we feel like we need to do everything we can to help them.
We would hope that you allow yourself to be touched by this, find out more including how you can help.
As with all the nations we currently serve in, there are opportunities for you to help; whether that is through a financial gift, going on a short term mission trip or being an ambassador where you live.
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