Kathmandu Report from Missionary Katherine Parker on Women's Health

March 05, 2014

Missionary Katherine Parker, who is supported by 30 churches in the California-Nevada Annual Conference, writes, "It has been just over a year since I left Cambodia and began the journey towards service in Nepal."  Her home church is Mt. Tamalpais UMC in Mill Valley.  She serves now with the health ministry of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN).
  
In July 2013, she arrived in Nepal and "jumped into learning the language and culture."  Initially, she lived with the family of one of her co-workers.  She has now found a place of her own within walking distance of the UMN central location in Kathmandu.
 
In January, she started full-time with the Health Team of UMN, and in February headed out for a visit to Doti in the far western region of Nepal for training on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health.  In the picture, Katherine Parker is in Doti between two other Methodist church workers, Anu Gomangu, health program officer, and Sabu Tamang, cluster team leader.
  
Parker writes, "It was a wonderful intersection of several of my passions including water and sanitation through school toilet access for girls, environmental protection through improved washable sanitary pads, and empowerment of adolescent girls through peer-to-peer education."
  
She adds, "Our parallel program through the Nepali churches called Christian Family Life Education offers youth a chance to explore their values. They are coached to facilitate traditionally taboo discussions about adolescent development, contraception, equality between boys and girls, and equality in marriage."
  
In this video you can hear from the youth about the transformation in self-esteem they have experienced as facilitators in their congregations. In this short blog post, Parker wrote about a visit to the nearby city of Baktapur.
 
The churches of the California-Nevada Annual Conference support missionaries through covenant relationships.  Approximately 80% of the support for the missionary work of Katherine Parker comes from the annual conference.  For more information, you can check the missionary page of the conference web site, or the Global Ministries web site.