Nepal is topographically divided in three regions: Mountains, Hills and Terai (aka plains) but politically is composed of seven provinces. Our Sansar’s work is based in Province 2 which is in the Terai plains, in the south of the country, close to the Indian border.
Province 2 has got eight districts: Parsa, Dhanusha, Bara, Saptari, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Siraha, Mahottari. Our current projects are based in Parsa where Birgunj is the capital and Parwanipur is only a few kilometres away.
We are very excited to announce a new project in another district of Province 2: Dhanusha. It will be based in Janakpur, which is the district capital and very different from Birgunj.
Birgunj is one of the largest cities in Nepal and the sixth most populated metropolis in the country. It’s the centre of commercial activities: situated at the border with India, it is a major point of entry for their goods trade, receiving also goods from the port of Kolkata. For these reasons, Birgunj is known as the “Gateway to Nepal” and it’s also called “Commercial capital of Nepal”, because of its significant importance in the country economy. On the main road that links Birgunj with Kathmandu, passing also by Parwanipur, you can see lines of colourful lorries carrying goods to and from India.
Janakpur, named also Janakpurdham, is the third largest metropolis after Biratnagar and Birgunj, and it is a temporary capital of Province 2. The reputation of this city is linked to its cultural and religious tourism. The main attraction is Janaki Mandir, a temple architecturally unique in Nepal, which celebrates Goddess Sita, but there are also other important religious sites: Rama Sita Vivaha Mandir and Mani Mandap which celebrate the marriage of the goddess with Lord Ram and Sri Ram Temple, the oldest temple of the city.
Our new project is a partnership with Pipal Tree (formerly ChoraChori UK), a small but well-established charity which, like us, operates in Nepal with very tangible life-changing projects. We are now sorting out all the logistics and we should have a definite start date to announce very soon! All I can say it’s another amazing venture to set up two separate shelters for boys and girls in Janakpur. More to follow…
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