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Country Profiles: LWR in Nepal

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LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR) began working in Nepal in 2009 to improve food security for indigenous, Dalit and marginalized communities. Despite recent declines in poverty, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Rural communities often struggle with household food security and are extremely vulnerable to frequent natural hazards, including flash floods, landslides and earthquakes. Poverty affords these communities few resources to prepare for or mitigate the effects of these hazards and even fewer resources to recover, which can destroy development gains. LWR’s presence in Nepal allows us to immediately respond to such emergencies and provide essential food, shelter materials, personal items, and cash to disaster-affected communities. Additionally, LWR promotes resilience and long-term development by better preparing communities for natural hazards and helping families realize food security and savings. In Nepal, LWR works on agriculture, food security, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and emergency response programs, incorporating a capacity building approach for local partners and the communities we serve. LWR has previously worked in Kailali, Bardiya, Jhapa, Kathmandu and Lalitpur Districts and currently has projects in Nepal’s Western Region, specifically in Nawalparasai, Tanahu, Lamjung, and Gorkha Districts.

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