Fishing for sustenance. Training in fish-pond construction, maintenance and fish farming gives a community their own source of nutritious fish to eat and sell.
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Sushila’s catch of the day.
You can see by her big smile that Sushila is thrilled with her catch from the season’s fish harvest. Sushila is part of a low-caste community in Kapilvastu, Nepal, which is working with TEAR partner United Mission to Nepal on a fish farm project for their village. The project provides extra food for the community and income from selling the fish at local markets.
This is not just an ordinary fish farming project – it actually began as an advocacy activity. The lake had been fished by the community in the past, but about 10 years ago it was leased to a local businessman, and the community was unable to fish in it, which forced them deeper into poverty. So UMN and its partner joined with the community to put pressure on the local government, who finally agreed to lease it back to the community – a great victory!
About our partner – United Mission to Nepal (UMN)
UMN works towards “Fullness of life for all, in a transformed Nepali society”. Established in 1954, UMN is a cooperative effort between the people of Nepal and a large number of Christian organisations from nearly 20 countries on four continents. Multicultural teams of Nepali nationals and volunteer expatriate staff work alongside local organisations in less developed areas of the country, building partnerships that lead to healthy, strong and empowered individuals, families, and communities.