$22,012 needed of $71,811
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
This program responds to widespread malnutrition and seasonal hunger among marginalized landless and land-poor residents in Jahada. Farmers groups are being formed and participants are trained on vegetable farming and fish raising and are given access to leased land and fishponds. As a result, they are improving their diets and earning their own income rather than relying on labor migration and daily wage labor to survive. This is enabling marginalized communities to break out of the cycle of hunger and labor exploitation and improve their nutritional status and income by farming for themselves, rather than landlords.
In addition, mothers of malnourished children are learning to make “superflour” which children eat as a porridge to improve their nutrition. Mothers are also learning kitchen gardening skills for a diversified diet.
Update from the Field : Nepal Jahada
Getting Ahead of Debt and Disappointments
Joining the Nepal Jahada program’s vegetable farming group was the beginning of the end of Mr. Hembram’s overwhelming burdens. With a family of seven depending on him (including his wife, children, and parents), he twice attempted to earn a better income by growing eggplant but, without technical advice, he was unable to turn a profit. The family ran into further debt when his grandmother became ill and needed a lengthy hospitalization, then burial.
Right around that time the field staff of local partner BICWS was visiting Mr. Hembram’s community to discuss a new project. He immediately joined the vegetable farming group they offered. He says, “I have attended many classes and training sessions since then. I’ve learned about growing vegetables, making compost fertilizer and protecting plants from pests. The business plan development training has been very useful to me for planning my vegetable farming in a professional way.”
His family is already better off, growing and eating the fresh vegetables and earning income from the sale of their excess produce. With his savings he plans to expand his farm, pay off the loan incurred by his grandmother’s illness and death, build a brick house and, best of all, invest in his children’s education.
Mr. Hembram’s message to those who have supported his efforts is simple: “I want to thank you for helping me.”
Nepal Jahada Program
Led by Mennonite Central Committee and Local Partner Brethren in Community Welfare Society