The majority of adult women in Nepal are still not literate in their own language, meaning they cannot read, write, or perform math. Working through churches who want to be the hands of Christ teaching literacy to their neighbors, we are slowly changing this fact. Since 1999 over 17,000 women have already learned to read and write, many now caring for their children, generating income, and transforming their communities. For about $50 you can make sure at least one of these women gets a chance to learn to read and write, and from there the opportunities abound! This Christmas why not give a gift of “opening the eyes” of those literally blind due to illiteracy.
Jesus ministered to physical as well as spiritual needs. James 2:16 If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
Read about one of our literacy facilitators below.
My name is Sabita. We used to have my 4 brothers and their families living with us, but now they have all moved away, so I am left to care alone for my aged parents. We exist only on what I earn, since my brothers will not contribute. Though I am shy by nature, after I accepted Jesus Christ I received new confidence. I was given a loan by a Christian brother to complete class 12, and another church brother told me about a chance to be a facilitator for a literacy class being planned in our village by H.E.L.P. I filled out the application and traveled to the training. There I learned to speak publicly and many other new things. My students could not even hold a pencil at first, but now they can write sentences. In addition, they have learned: proper hygiene and sanitation; types of diseases; vegetable farming; tailoring; goat raising; and cattle farming. We have seen so many changes in our village through this class. I am now better able to serve God, my church, and community. I thank God for H.E.L.P.
Please pray for:
Our literacy facilitators, and their students.
Our national missionaries and their families.
Sufficient funding to continue our development programs.
We would like to give the Lord thanks for helping us through another year of reaching the poor and unreached of the Himalayas.