Where We Work
Tevel began working in Nepal in 2007 and has worked with thousands of Nepal’s most-needy and marginalized citizens. Our work in Nepal targets marginalized communities and aims to strengthen the communities from within. Nepal is a caste-based society, and the lower castes, such as the Dalit (untouchables), Tamang and Rai live in abject poverty. The poor and marginalized rely on communal ties for their very survival. People help each other, protect each other, work in each other’s fields, and celebrate together. Alone, poor individuals and even families can be swept away by misfortune. Yet too often, because they lack crucial knowledge and skills in facing modern times, in bargaining with powerful forces of exploitation, in facing physical and political challenges, poor communities may break down and fail to create conditions for social change. We work on strengthening the existing community structures and giving the communities tools to adapt to the challenges of globalization and climate change.
We are committed to promoting social justice in the developing world and at home. Therefore Tevel runs programs in Israel through which Tevel alumni address key social issues in Israeli society related to the global context. These projects include: promoting labor rights for Nepali, other foreign workers, and disadvantaged Israelis in Israel, developing environmentally-friendly communities and educating the consumer market about fair trade in the supply chain. Likewise, Tevel runs social and educational activities for alumni and other interested people.
Tevel started working in Zambia in the fall of 2019, setting up groups of farmers, women’s entrepreneurship groups and youth leadership groups. These groups began planning new livelihood strategies together with our staff and volunteers, set up micro finance groups and mapped out land for collective farming. We also set up a demonstration farm in partnership with Green2000, that will train lead farmers from around the region in the Kafue district. Covid set us back a bit,, but we will continue our work in Zambia in 2021.