Health Principles Brings Empowerment to Women in Nepal

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Northern Asia-Pacific Division

Health Principles Brings Empowerment to Women in Nepal

The Taksera region faces challenges such as child marriage, divorce, family violence, smoking, drinking, gambling, and superstitions.

News | Nepal | Northern Asia-Pacific Division, with ANN Staff

From May 26 to May 28, 2024, a dedicated team from the Himalayan Section Women Ministries department conducted women’s health awareness seminars in Taksera Tumap Rukum, Damchan, a remote area in far western Nepal. The team was led by Shanti Pokharel, Women Ministries director of Nepal, and Rabina Dhakal and Mina Kumari Rai, volunteers.

During their stay, the team interacted with local women, teaching them about personal hygiene, lifestyle, food habits, and maintaining a clean home and surroundings to stay healthy and prevent serious illnesses. They also provided Bible studies, emphasizing the importance of a personal connection with Christ through reading, praying, and sharing their faith.

The seminars highlighted the significant role of women in the family and how to keep their faith alive in various situations, especially in places like Taksera, where basic human needs are scarce, and people live in poverty and illiteracy. The area is plagued by other challenges such as child marriage, divorce, family violence, smoking, drinking, gambling, and superstitions.

The team conducted health checks, including blood pressure, sugar levels, and weight, encouraging the women to have regular health checks to prevent serious illnesses. They taught that the body is the temple of God and needs to be kept holy. The team praised God for the women who accepted Jesus and were baptized during the visit.

Shanti Pokharel, Women Ministries director of Nepal, distributes the Bible to people.
Shanti Pokharel, Women Ministries director of Nepal, distributes the Bible to people.

Taksera’s geographical location contributes to its harsh living conditions. The village has a cold climate with rocky, stony land, allowing only one crop yearly. People can survive for only four months on harvest and depend on animals for meat and milk. Most men leave home for manual jobs for six months or even years, leaving the women to care for the home, children, elderly, farms, and cattle.

Women work harder than men and often do not receive proper nutrition or medical attention during pregnancy, resulting in many deaths during childbirth. Due to the problematic lifestyle, people age prematurely. Many children do not attend school due to the distance or poverty, staying home to help their mothers with cattle grazing or household chores.

Three women receive baptism during the visit, marking a significant spiritual milestone.
Three women receive baptism during the visit, marking a significant spiritual milestone.

The team distributed Bibles to adults who could read, as well as Bible story books with pictures for children. During the mission trip, they baptized three girls. Despite the long drive on rough mountain roads, God was present in their mission. The area is almost cut off from the outside world during the rainy season, so visits are only possible in the summer.

Despite living in deep poverty and lacking basic human needs, the people of Taksera have been touched by God’s light and need constant guidance and visitation. Education could transform the area, and helping children attend school in their village or boarding schools would be a significant step.

The original article was published on the Northern Asia-Pacific Division website.