To the world you may be one person but one person you may be the World
2018 Mission Trip - November
Elder Kyle Kittrell will lead an International Habitat Build in Nepal in early November 2018, and the trip will also provide an opportunity for members of our church family to visit with the Ripple-Nepal children (those sponsored by members of our congregation, friends of FPC and through our church budget) and their families – as well as opportunity to worship and fellowship with Pastor Mahendra and the folks at Aasish Presbyterian Church in Kathmandu. We currently sponsor 30 children and are receiving funds to help some of those students with University fees.
To be in school is to be on the path to a better life. Many poor Nepali children never have that opportunity and the cycle of poverty in their family and their community is continued. A child with an education is transformed and becomes the pebble in the center of a ripple of change for everyone they touch.
Ripple-Nepal is a collaborative project between the First Presbyterian Church family and others in the U.S., and Aashish Presbyterian Church in Nepal. It's purpose is to provide an education to Nepali children who want to go to school but are not able to afford it. The children who are identified by our partners in Kathmandu and that team oversees and manages the program.
The cost to provide each child with an education for one year is $400.00 US dollars. This includes tuition, books, uniforms, lunch and a snack. Our goal is to provide education for chosen children through secondary school or grade 10.
Be the World to one person and help create a ripple of goodness that knows no end.
If you are interested in finding out more about this program email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nepal is a small country, land-locked between India and China. It is a land of many contrasts, famous for snow-covered Himalaya mountains to the North but also with level plains and dense rainforests in the South. With approximately 30 millions people, Nepal has both sparsely populated wilderness and overcrowded cities. While some have modern conveniences, others have a standard of living that seems unchanged by time and progress.
One half of the population Nepal falls below the poverty level of $1.25 per day with per capita income of $1000/yr. Unemployment rates are approximately 50% and many leave the country to seek employment in India. The life expectancy for a Nepalese is 60 years old. The literacy rate is 50% in total but is lower for girls than boys.
Religion: Nepal is a Hindu country with a strong Buddhist presence. The Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama, was born in Nepal. Many Nepalis hardly distinguish between the two traditions and follow a blending both. Less than 1% are Christian.
Children: Nepal has a relatively young population. Almost half are 14 years or younger and less than 4% are over the age of 65 years. Because the unemployment rate is so high many families are poor and have little hope of a better future. Many children can only dream of getting an education.
Government: Nepal was governed by a monarchy up until 2005 when a decade long civil war marked the beginning of elections and the establishment of a Federal Democratic Republic, which are currently led by coalition government with the Communist party holding the greatest numbers of seats.