Nepal_Shreya_Small_optWhile my older sister and I were growing up, our parents were constantly berated for having two daughters. “You only have two daughters, no sons?” people would ask.

In Nepali culture, sons are more highly valued than daughters. They are charged with caring for parents in their old age and facilitating their parents’ funeral rites.

Fortunately, my sister and I have culturally progressive parents. Our parents have always assured us that we are not only very loved and valued, but also very strong and capable of pursuing our dreams.

Not surprisingly, our parents were deeply invested in our education. In spite of great sacrifice, they always ensured that we had access to the best education possible.

They didn’t do it alone. They relied greatly on the generosity of others to fund their own education as well as the educations of my sister and me.It is now my privilege to give back by serving as International Needs’ full-time resilience livelihood program lead. I work alongside families who are trying to develop a sustainable income through livestock and agricultural programs.

Nepal, our beloved homeland, has seen one great upheaval after another. Still recovering from a civil war and decades of political unrest, we sustained two devastating earthquakes last spring followed by a crippling border blockade.

Now, unseasonably hot temperatures are creating drought, forest fires, and water shortages.

In the midst of all this, we rely upon the Lord’s provision and take courage in knowing that people like you care about Nepal – about educating needy children throughout the globe.