Heifer International Nepal
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History

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough. And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow? That "teach a man to fish" philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.

 

Heifer in Nepal

Heifer’s history in Nepal can be traced back to 1957, when Heifer International sent shipments of cattle, pigs, sheep and parent stock of poultry at the government’s request in order to introduce high-yielding livestock into the native animal population. In 1993, the Baruwa Goat Raising Project for a group of 25 women in the Gitanagar Village Development Committee of Chitwan District was initiated as Heifer’s first project in Nepal. Heifer International Nepal began its official operation as a country office in September 1997, by signing the first formal agreement with the Social Welfare Council. During the initial days, Heifer Nepal continuously developed, tested and standardized various tools and approaches while training staff and partners to build their capacity. By the end of 2007 we had worked with 46 project partners benefitting over 15,000 families in 27 of the 75 districts. Heifer Nepal introduced the country program strategy and investment plan in 2007 which focused on livestock, improved technology and technical training and education for knowledge and awareness. Heifer Nepal has been working towards expanding its program impact to reach out to more families through the use of technology and innovation.

Our Mission

To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

Our Vision

To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

Our Goal

By 2023, through a primary focus on the goat value chain and secondary focus on the dairy value chain, Heifer Nepal will work to bring 500,000 families from a state of poverty and vulnerability to sustainability and resilience through their engagement in competitive, sustainable, and inclusive goat and dairy value chain enterprises for bringing economic growth, improved livelihoods and food and nutrition security.

Dr. Shubh N. Mahato

Dr. Shubh N. Mahato

Country Director

Dr. Tirtha Raj Regmi

Dr. Tirtha Raj Regmi

Director of Programs

Neena Joshi

Neena Joshi

Director of Programs

CA Gaurav Rijal

CA Gaurav Rijal

Assistant Director of Finance