ACN Backed by the Government
Commenting on the work of the ACN a local politician said, “”We have many NGOs working with us but it is really different working with the ACN. You focus on long-term change rather than just appearing for a while and then disappearing. We request that you continue your work with us, helping us in the empowerment of poor communities. We are happy to partner where possible.” They seem to appreciate the humble attitude of the ACN team as well, which encourages us to keep on keeping on.
Yesterday, after two years, we had a wonderful time meeting with 8 different self-help groups (SHGs). Listening to their stories of transformation was delightful and we felt a great attachment to them while thanking God for all that has happened in their lives.
What Self-help Groups Do
Some SHGs have accessed local government funds to make reusable bags to eliminate pollution in their villages. Some have used funds for the community buildings where they plan to open a cooperative-type work. They are thinking entrepreneurially and acting on it. Most of the SHGs have matured and are progressing while others are still in the process. They want to connect with other SHGs to share their opportunities and strengths so that they can work together – even with the SHG in Pokhara. And we’re certainly planning on that happening.
Social concern was clearly visible in them as they included other village women in the groups working for the community by installing the pumped water tanks and sharing water with all the villagers. They managed all aspects extremely well, even fees.
You can help too
The value of the SHP programme is clearly seen in the lives of transformed individuals and if you have a vision for transformation in Nepal then please join hands with us and donate via the project button on this page, following the prompts.