Minority Focus, Nepal
Nepal, with its population of 29.6 million people, is located in Asia. It is landlocked, and borders China in the north and India in the south, east and west. Nepal has endured long political uncertainty after a civil war, has few resources to grow its economy and is subject to earthquakes and landslides.
Over 25% percent of its total population are living below the poverty line and earning less than USD1.90 a day [Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), 2020]. It is ranked 149 on the UN’s Human Development Index out of 189 countries [United Nations Development Program (UNDP), 2020].
The level of poverty in Nepal results in many students who would like to study to improve their situation are unable to. Minority Focus, a faith based organization, began operations in 1985 with a purpose of providing partial scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain further education in technical, medical and vocational sectors. Since its establishment, it has helped over 2000 graduates to obtain education in various fields.
This project aims to provide scholarships to students who come from poor economic backgrounds, who cannot afford a college level education in medical related fields. Medical Mission Aid has been involved in the training of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, General Medicine and Hospital Administration students.