The economy depends largely on tourism, agriculture, trade with India, and foreign aid. Nepal has been ruled by a monarchy for most of its modern past. However, they have struggled with political instability over the past few decades, as some have opposed monarchy rule and sought democratic politics, and the country is still recovering from a ten-year civil war between the Government and Maoist forces. In 2008, Nepal became a Federal Democratic Republic, where the monarchy was abolished and Nepal had its first Presidential elections. The current Prime Minister is Sushil Koirala.
World Renew began working in Nepal after the devastating earthquake struck on April 25, 2015. The earthquake hit northwest of the capital city, Kathmandu, with a magnitude of 7.8. The quake and resulting landslides killed over 8,000 people.
On May 12, 2015 a second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit northeast of Kathmandu, and was felt in Tibet, Northern India, and Bangladesh. Many buildings that survived the first quake were destroyed by the second. It has been estimated that over 1,100 people have been injured, and a few dozen have been killed from this second quake.
Thankfully, all Christian Reformed Church staff living and working in Nepal are safe. Aftershocks and landslides have since been affecting the local communities. Many historic buildings, schools, and homes have been completely ruined, and many Nepalese citizens are in a state of confusion and despair.
The World Renew Disaster Response Team in Nepal is comprised of staff and volunteers from World Renew, World Missions, and local church partners. They distributed vital food assistance to 1,942 families and tarps to an additional 140 families within the first two weeks. In the next phase from mid-May to mid-July they plan is to provide additional supplies including a tents, tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, water filters and continued food assistance to an additional 1,300 households.
Longer term assistance such as pyscho-social support, trauma counseling, home reconstruction and livelihood restoration may also be provided as funding allows.
Please pray for all those affected by the earthquakes, that they would all be able to find help, healing, and hope in this time. Please also pray for the staff on the ground, as they bring practical help and seek to comfort and encourage Nepalese citizens.