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Lydia Vocational Training Centre Program

The Problem

Wedged between the high wall of the Himalayas and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and sherpas, monasteries and mantras. The mountainous north of Nepal has eight of the world’s tallest mountains, including the highest point on earth, Mount Everest.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 157th on the United Nation’s Human Development Index. Women and girls face significant discrimination in Nepal. It is very common for them to work harder than men and often in physically demanding jobs. Many girls are not allowed to attend school or finish their education. Child marriages are still widespread and the girls, often married to much older men, have no chance to create a future of their own.

The Program

International Needs has been active in Nepal since 1974 with a focus on the wellbeing of women and children. The Lydia Vocational Training Centre has ministered to thousands of women over the years and teaches literacy, sewing, and other practical skills so that women can better provide for themselves and their families. They also learn preventative health care, first aid, how to improve sanitation in the home and how to provide nutritious food for their children.

One of the most innovative elements of the Lydia Centre is that each graduate is trained to teach other women and commits to sharing her knowledge with at least five others in her community, multiplying the impact of the Centre.

Your Gift Makes a Big Difference!

  • Your support of the Lydia Vocational Training Centre helps to equip women with the tools and skills they need to earn an income and gain status in their communities.
  • Under the Women’s Empowerment Program, 44 women each year go through the 5 months skills training and development program.
  • The school has taken the initiative to expand the program to include a variety of classes such as cooking, music, and awareness on matters such as domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and health.
  • The students receive Christian education in order to
    grow spiritually.
  • Each graduate receives her own sewing machine.

Sarashwoti was recently widowed and has a young child. She became a Christian after her husband passed away. Her Hindu neighbours criticized her and were not supportive or helpful to her. Life was very difficult for Sarashwoti but she never lost hope in God and prayed for those who mistreated her.

Then God opened a door for her to attend at the Lydia Vocational Training Centre. Her dream is to open a small tailoring shop to support herself and her child and to teach some of the women in her village how to sew. She hopes to win her neighbours to Christ by showing them kindness and love and freely sharing with them the knowledge she received at the Centre.

Sarashwoti is eagerly learning and doing very well in all her classes, looking forward to graduation day when she can return to her village and impact her community for Christ.

“I am so grateful to God for the opportunity He gave me to better myself and learn a trade. I have learned so much at the Lydia Vocational Training Centre. I have more confidence in my future as I will be able to support myself and my child. I look forward to sharing the knowledge I’ve received with the women in my community. Thank you so much for your support.” Sarashwoti Katuwal


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