Where We Work
Climate: Varies from cool summers and severe winters in north to subtropical summers and mild winters in south
Terrain: Tarai or flat river plain of the Ganges in south; central hill region with rugged Himalayas in north
Environment Issues: deforestation (overuse of wood for fuel and lack of alternatives); forest degradation; soil erosion; contaminated water (with human and animal wastes, agricultural runoff, and industrial effluents); unmanaged solid-waste; wildlife conservation; vehicular emissions
Languages: Nepali (official) 44.6%, Maithali 11.7%, Bhojpuri 6%, Tharu 5.8%, Tamang 5.1%, Newar 3.2%, Bajjika 3%, Magar 3%, Doteli 3%, Urdu 2.6%, Avadhi 1.9%, Limbu 1.3%, Gurung 1.2%, Baitadeli 1%, other 6.4%, unspecified 0.2%; note – 123 languages reported as mother tongue in 2011 national census; many in government and business also speak English (2011 est.)
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Republic
Geographic barriers exist due to remoteness, lack of infrastructure, and the world's highest mountains. Persecution is significant due to the lack of distinction between ethnic and religious identity. If you profess Christ, you are stripped of your enthic identity.