Community Development is a vital part of our work. Nepal is a country with many people living in remote areas. We are committed to work with those who are hardest to reach and where hardly any other organisation is helping. Our teams help build strong and independent communities where everyone, particularly those living with a disability, can flourish and thrive.
INF has been working with some of Nepal’s poorest communities for over 65 years. We live among, and serve people on the margins of society.
Living alongside people helps to develop trust, build relationships, and get an understanding of what life is really like in the community.
INF helps some of the poorest communities in Nepal to unlock their potential and break the power of poverty. Basanti’s story illustrates what this has meant for one woman and her family and demonstrates that poverty is not inevitable.
Discover her life-transforming story in the video below.
In Nepal Dalit women are the lowest caste in society. They face discrimination in every area of their lives. They are poorer, die younger, are less literate, often forced into demeaning jobs. Basanti’s situation was typical. Her children didn’t go to school and were often sick. But all that changed when INF helped to establish a Self Help Group in her community.
Kalikot and neighbouring Bajura are Nepal’s most isolated areas. Many villages are accessible by only one road or can only be reached after hours of walking. With short life expectancy and low incomes, they are considered to be Nepal’s most deprived districts, and are in fact one of the most disadvantaged places in the developing world.
The majority of people in Kalikot depend on agriculture. The harsh climate and inadequate farming techniques mean that many families can only grow enough food for three to six months of the year. Maternal health and malnutrition in children are amongst other issues that the communities are hoping to tackle with INF’s help.
As part of this project, community groups learn how to become more resilient. This includes activities such as creating tree and bamboo plantations on hillsides to protect villages from landslides, and training on how to grow more diverse crops throughout the year.
Traditionally the work of aid and relief organisations has been seen as simply the provision of much-needed aid. A relief organisation might build a toilet, dig a well or install water purifiers or pumps. Whilst these projects do improve conditions for poor and marginalised communities, it has become clear that this does not make a long-term difference. Communities become dependent on donors for further needs to be met.
Find out how INF is making a difference by reading an Impact study about our work.