Yapton Free Church has been involved in Nepal since 2000, when our Pastor, Hugo, first met with Pastor Bharat. Over the years, the Nepal Project has evolved and expanded as we have been able to make a difference in Nepal.
Our current projects include working with Schools, providing them with the equipment and resources such as whiteboards, school uniforms, new class rooms and more. We have been involved in 16 different schools across Nepal. You can read more about our schools work on our Schools page.
Another of our focuses has been 'Earthquake Relief'. After the earthquake in 2015 (read more below), Nepal suffered great amounts of damage. We have been able to help make an impact, short term by providing food straight after the disaster and long-term by helping to rebuild houses and provide a 24 hr drinking water supply to those in a very remote area of Nepal that was devastated by the earthquake.
We are also involved with several Churches in Nepal providing support, encouragement and teaching for the Pastors and Leaders.
April 2015 Earthquake
The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred at 11:56 NST on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8. Its epicenter was east of the district of Lamjung. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making April 25, 2015 the deadliest day on the mountain in history.The earthquake triggered another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened,across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Changu Narayan Temple and the Swayambhunath Stupa. Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture. We have been actively involved with providing support into Nepal via Pastor Bharat and his work:
Supporting schools has been a big aspect of the Nepal Project since the early days. We have now supported 16 schools. It is so encouraging to see how the work is growing and indiviual children's lives are being changed every day. Access to education gives these children choices and hope for their future which they may otherwise not have had.
Here are just some of the ways in which the Nepal Project has supported schools:
In April 2018, we were able to support a new Christian School that has just started in the rural Chitwan area for some of the poorest children in the region. There are currently 6 teachers and between 55 - 65 children coming along to school each day. This is a new project and we look forward to sharing more soon!
Children from the Mountain School
There are many different people who are involved in regularly supporting the Nepal Project, including:
Over the years we have held many fundraisers from sponsored walks, to bike rides and a Kyatholon that consisted of Kayaking, bike riding and walking. In previous years we have also been very grateful to Gaston Farm who have helped us raise thousands of pounds for Nepal and other charities. In 2018 we will be continuing to find new ways of fundraising.
We are always looking for more sponsors and gratefully receive any donation towards schools, churches or relief projects that we support in Nepal. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you wish to give or get involved with the Nepal Project.
Staying In Touch as a Supporter
(pictures below of some of our volunteers at Gaston Farm)
We regularly send (self-funded) teams out to Nepal to see all that is happening with the Nepal Project.
In February, we had a team* from YFC head out to Nepal to partner with our Nepal Project. Check out below for an update on what they got up to!
This year, a team of seven headed out to Nepal. They arrived in Kathmandu but also travelled to Pokhara and Chitwang during their trip. For some of the team, this was their first time in Nepal and so it was great for them to spend a few days in Kathmandu, getting a feel for the beautiful country and getting to know the Nepalese people. The roads in Nepal are rough, and so it was a about a 7/8hr journey down to Pokhara where the team visited a Leporasy hospital, churches, Pastors and Leaders and schools. One of our main aims of these visits is to support and encourage those who are already running things and look at how we can support the incredible work that they are doing!
After spending several days in Pokhara, the team headed on to Chitwang where they lead a three day conference for Pastors and Leaders. Around 300 people turned up for the event; where they would be fed both physically and spiritually. Due to several logistical issues (as can be expected in a country like Nepal), there weren’t as many people as initially expected. People travel many hours (and even days!!) just to come to something like this, their dedication and hunger is amazing. But this has also highlighted some things that we can adapt for the future, such as doing two conferences to make it more assessable for those who travel such long distances.
The team then travelled back to Kathmandu on another long minibus journey ( It’s about 200km but it takes about 10 hours!!) They also stopped and visited a few other places, pastors, leaders and churches along the way.
On these short term mission trips, our aim is to encourage and support the Nepalese. We are passionate about seeing the transformation of a nation through seeing those who are in that culture raised up, equipped and encouraged. It’s also hugely encouraging for us to re-visit projects that we have sown into and see the growth.
It's amazing to see how the money we are able to send through the Nepal Project can impact so many people, from all walks of life, across Nepal.
*all our teams are completely self-funded!
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