NEPAL

Nepal/Sanghiya Loktanrik Ganatantra Nepal
Southern Asia, between China and India; with southern lowland plains and high elevation mountains in the north; 147,181 km2 (slightly > AR), 18% arable.

Capital Kathmandu (pop est. 0.4M)
Population 29.4M (100/km2)
Life expectancy 66 years
HIV/AIDS 0.4%
Literacy 49%
Lang(s) Nepali (official) 48%, Maithali 12%, Bhojpuri 7%, Tharu (Dagarua/ Rana) 6%, Tamang 5%, Newar 4%, Magar 3%, Awadhi 2%, other 10%, unspecified 3%
Religions Hindu 81%, Buddhist 11% Muslim 4%, Kirant 4%, other 1%
Ethnic Groups Chhettri 15%, Brahman-Hill 13%, Magar 7%, Tharu 7%, Tamang 5%, Newar 5%, Muslim 4%, Kami 4%, Yadav 4%, other 33%, unspecified 3%
Gov’t Federal Democratic Republic
GDP/cap $1,200
PCVs 1962-2005 (Volunteers served: 3,629)
Nat’l holiday Republic Day, 29 May (2008)

 

Focus word for 2012 - "Freedom"

Nepali: swatantrata (swa-tantra-ta)

 

Books

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
by Conor Grennan
Book Description
Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

 

Kids' Books

We need to go to school: voices of the rugmark children
compiled by Tanya Roberts-Davis
Published by Groundwood / Douglas & McIntyre, 2001
48 pages
ISBN: 0-88899-425-7
Ages 10 and older

 

Music

Kutumba
Music from Nepal

 

Films

Beneath Everest: Nepal Reborn, Tulsi Bhandari (2010)

 

Recipes

Momo/Dumplings
Dal Bhat/Lentil soup & boiled rice