id2 Report: September 2017

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Sunrise
Sunrise over the Anapurna Range, Himalayan Mountains, Nepal

This past Spring I had the privilege of returning to Nepal with a team of volutneers.  A long layover in Dubai allowed us to see the tallest building in the world and a few other sites while rubbing shoulders with the amazing international crowd that this unique city draws. But the tall buildings and bright lights have nothing on the tallest mountains in the world, the Himalayas, and what a contrast!

We spent the first few days hiking the back country of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. The majesty of the mountains and the quiet life of the people in the villages were a delight! Then we headed to Kathmandu, another great contrast of place. With the peaceful mountain villages behind us, we found ourselves in the throngs of people crowded into the noisy, polluted, Kathmandu Valley. Many of Nepal’s visiting tourists experience this sharp contrast.

Our first full day was spent visiting startup businesses being run by pastors of various churches in and around the Kathmandu Valley. At “His Way Organic Farm,” One volunteer was amazed by the passion for prayer that he felt as we joined church members who work together on the farm. We prayed as a group in what was to become the Pastor’s home. They earnestly prayed for a harvest that could generate the income needed to support their families and their church. They began to ask if we could help them to expand. (see below) Since our visit, we recently learned that the farm was damaged by the monsoon flooding that has devastated Nepal, Bangladesh and North India.

Organic Farm
Organic Farm Project Near Kathmandu

Near this farm, there was a brick kiln that employs local workers. Unlike the pastor’s farm where there was life and purpose, there was no hope in this place.  Another volunteer was deeply moved by the futility of life working in a place where you are paid around one tenth of one cent ($0.001 US) per brick.

A long day’s work is rewarded without measure. Workers dream of escaping these work conditions by moving to places like Dubai where the life and salary of a cab driver seems like paradise compared the futility of life working as a brick maker. Having just been in Dubai where we had opportunity to share with several cab drivers, we know the dream is as futile as their salary would be. Without the potential to successfully manage farms like the one above, church congregations like his could fall into this same futile trap.

Brick Kiln Worker
Worker at a Brick Kiln: Work Without Reward, and a Life Without Hope

At the Center for International Design and Development (id2) www.c4id2.org, we desire to engage pastors, and identified leaders, in the churches of the Himalayas. These leaders need sponsors to come along side and support them in their efforts to build their businesses. Only then can they can consistently support their households and their household of faith.

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.                                                                                                                                                    Galatians 6:10

At id2, a sponsorship program is underway! We are working with a national church group to identify leaders and the needs of their communities. In addition we will require these church leaders to participate in a training program where we will teach on topics like community health, leadership development / discipleship, and business ethics. The training culminates by them developing a business plan. We fund the start-up cost through sponsorship resources to be managed through a community fund.

We ask that you consider being a sponsor.  Please take time to read through the “Project Profiles” found in the table and descriptions below, and on our web site at www.c4id2.org.  NOW IS THE TIME TO PLANT SEED IN THE CHURCH IN NEPAL SO THAT THEY MAY FLOURISH AND GROW

3 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…                                                                Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Project Chart

Bhaktapur Communication Center: id2 Project #17001N

Investment Request $1500. Click Here to give (please reference #17001N)

Shishir, a young man, was raised in middle-class family. He is from a Hindu background. Shishir finished his Bachelors in Theology, and now he has established one church, which now has 20 believers. He wants to serve in his church but knows he must also establish a business. Shishir is requesting $1,500 to start a communication resource center.

“Pray for me and my church: that God would supply all that we need. My hope is that God would be glorified as we are provided for, and I hope for your partnership.

Shishir

His Way Organic Farm (featured in newsletter): id2 Project #17002N

Investment Request $3000. Click Here to give (please reference #17002N)

Product of service: A residence of Ratopul Kathmandu, this Pastor carries out his ministry in partnership with the Nepal Pentecostal Church. He has a loving wife, as well as two sons and a daughter. His ministry role is part-time, with his time being split between vegetable farming and church-planting.

The farm produces seasonal vegetable, and will distribute these vegetables throughout Kathmandu city. “Quality Assurance” and “Organic Vegetables” are the main mottos of this operation. “We will not compromise when it comes to the quality of the vegetables.” To ensure quality, this farm always takes care of the vegetables without using insecticides or pesticides. Currently, harmful diseases can be spread through vegetables; however, these vegetables inspected and sent to market only when they are guaranteed to be free from disease causing bacteria.

The cost of agricultural farming in Nepal is not so high, and someone could easily start a business with a small initial investment. Many would-be-farmers are deterred from the profession, due to the risky nature of farming and the fear of crop failure. The primary cost of this particular venture, which includes startup costs, is 7,35,000 Nepali Rupees (~$7,350 US). Start up costs alone, which include water pumps, and irrigation systems, are roughly 3,00,000 Nepali Rupees (~$3,000 US).

In Nepal, the agricultural segment is filled with competitors, yet this project has a great chance to succeed, if they can create a consistent supply.

Organic Farm 2
Another Photo of this Pastor’s Organic Farm

Lul & Immanuel Auto Wash: Id2 Project #17003N

Investment Request is $1500 for an additional pump, generator and water filter.  Click Here to give (please reference #17003N)

Lul had the opportunity to move to Korea for 4 years to live and work. When he returned, he used almost all of his money to purchase some land inside of the Kathmandu valley region. Lul is an active leader in his church, and id2 hopes to sponsor him for $1,500 to better-establish the car wash shop that he has built on his land (picture below).

Car Wash
Kathmandu is Very Dusty! Regular Car Washes are Necessary for Keeping Vehicles Looking and Performing Their Best

Immanuel Beauty Parlor: Id2 Project #17004N

Investment Request is $1,500. Click Here to give (please reference #17004N)

Two sisters have opened a beauty parlor. Both are college students, and are doing ministry among Muslim women in their community, and with those who come into their shop. In order to finance their college studies, they started the shop in the Lalitpur district of Kathmandu. The shop’s name is “Immanuel Beauty Parlour Shop,” and they offer salon services, as well as cosmetic products. Additionally, their brother works as church planter within Muslim segments of society. To expand and sustain this business, the cost will be $1,500.

Nepal Pentecostal Agriculture: Id2 Project #17005N

Investment Request is $3,000 for farming goods and cost of rent. 

Click Here to give (please reference #17005N)

Mr. Bal, the manager of this farm, has taken loans from various sources, and is working hard to sustain his farm. Every Friday Mr. Bal leads prayer, a devotion and a time of encouragement with the employees of the farm. Every day, at least four times, they gather together to pray. Each month the employees trek through the mountains to intentionally pray for Nepal and the churches of Nepal, as well as other international and national pastors and leaders. Mr. Bal seeks a partnership with id2 for $3,000.

Prakash Poultry Farming: Id2 Project #17006N

Investment Request is $3000. Click Here to give (please reference #17006N)

Purpose:

  • To maintain the financial stability of our family.
  • To meet the demand of customers and built strong relationships with them.
  • To generate employment opportunities to the church leaders and youths.
  • To contribute to the economy of the church and country.

Objectives: The main objectives of Prakash Poultry Farms are: reducing poverty of the family,  working among youth and ministering to them, working to develop the church by offering career opportunities and guidance to church  members.

Description of the Firm: This is a partnership business that provides chicken meat and eggs to the city of Kathmandu. Prakash Poultry Farms collects chickens and eggs from different wholesale dealers near Kathmandu City. The chicken is then distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, community centers, local meat shops, and catering houses. Providing a consistent and sufficient supply to loyal customers is crucial for this business. For this reason, they seek sponsorship for $3,000 to help the business expand and have the ability to employ more people.

Gyapcha  Cattle Farm: Id2 Project #17007N

Investment Request is $1,000. Click Here to give (please reference #17007N)

A pastor of a local Church is doing ministry on behalf of a church in the Maidi region. In order to provide for his family, he raises cattle, as well as goats. For this business to expand, he requests needs the support of $1,000.

Rama MoMo (Nepal Snack) Shop: Id2 Project #17008N

Investment Request is $3000. Click Here to give (please reference #17008N)

A Father and Mother living in Kathmandu had high hopes of earning a large salary overseas, but even after several years of work abroad, the family has still struggled to store up savings. They have a son and daughter to support, and have opened a MoMo shop, which provides their livelihood. This couple is actively involved in Church ministry, and they need sponsors to help them to sustain their small business. For this reason, they are seeking $3,000.

Tamang Farm: Id2 Project #17009N

Investment Request is $1000. Click Here to give (please reference #17009N)

This volunteer-pastor earns his living by raising cattle. Sponsorship of $1,000 will help sustain his business, and allow more involvement with his church as their pastor.

Kathmandu Training: Id2 Project #17010N

Investment Request is $3,000. Click Here to give (please reference #17010N)

This project will involve the training and equipping of these Biblical entrepreneurs mentioned in the above profiles. The investment request is $3,000, which will provide translators, transportation, food, and lodging for participants.

The October 2017 Kathmandu training schedule is as follows:

Program Introduction

Kingdom Minded Business Principles

Developing a Business Plan

Community Fund Access and Expectations

 

 

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.                                                                                                                Galatians 6:10

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PROJECTS CONTACT US AT c4id2info@gmail.com

 

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