Sagoal want to reach 12,000 people working through 74 church communities in rural Nepal.
16 ‘mother churches’ and a further 74 daughter churches (although numbers are growing) will have a strong biblical understanding and vision for addressing poverty issues in their communities. Core Groups will be formed in the ‘mother churches’ and will be equipped with the skills and confidence necessary to tackle poverty in a catalyst role over the long term.
Approximately 12,000 people in different communities will receive direct benefit which addresses poverty issues in at least one area of their lives. Typically, churches and communities will start working together to tackle the priority issues they have identified, such as:
Provision of toilets and increasing basic hygiene awareness
Increasing local food production
Income generation for poor families
Starting savings and credit groups
Church Core groups with which Sagoal has partnered for 3+ years have grown in ability and confidence. They are usually able to engage with people over a wider area. Their churches are recognised by local groups as major players on tackling poverty related issues. There will be increased awareness among poor communities about local government agencies and the support they should be providing. This results in improved transparency and accountability of local government and more resources for people most in need.
Communities can recognise and mobilise their own local resources and reduce dependence on outside assistance. More experienced Core Groups can help communities secure funding from local government for electricity, drinking water, irrigation and other significant work. There will be improved relationships and cooperation between Christians and the surrounding mainly Hindu population.