NEPAL Missionary Trip Fundraiser


Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. However, you can send checks in the mail directly to me. if you feel more comfortable with that. Please contact me if you have any questions!

Where I will be going
I will be going 7603.2 miles from my home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Kathmandu, Nepal. Located in northern Nepal, Kathmandu sits in the Himalaya Mountains and is 4,430 feet above sea level.

What I will be doing
I will be working with the Moravian Church Antioch program my first month in Nepal at the International Preschool, a private school, with the principals Vani and Shanti Pradhan, both whom were student Pastors at my church, Edgeboro Moravian, in Bethlehem, PA. The school is for ages 19 months-5 years of age. International Preschool is not a "˜church' run school, however, Vani and Shanti do a great job incorporating the beliefs of the Moravian Church into extra activities for the student, as well as their families. Expectations are high for children who attend a private school. In Nepal, well-educated children are expected to learn the alphabet by age 3 and learn to read and write by age 4 and getting into grade 1 is just as stressful for parents as getting into an Undergrad program in the USA.

My primary responsibilities will be working on the new logo & website, updating brochures, advertisement etc.
Plan after school activities
Teach english.
Teach faculty and staff how to use their new MAC computers they will be receiving late January.

How long I will be gone
I plan to leave mid-Februray and return to the states mid-May. During this period, I will have a 2 week term break in April for traveling.

Why I Need Support
Even though I am going to volunteer- I still need to pay for my accommodations, food, and flight, as well as other expenses. Without the support of my family, friends, and the community, I would not be able to travel to Nepal to help at these schools.

How to Donate
1. You may make a donation on this website
2. You may send a check in the mail to:

Nikole Raskovic
3602 Ironstone Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18020

*Make checks payable to Nikole Raskovic with a note 'Nepal Mission Trip'

3. Donate directly to Antioch please send your donations to:

Moravian Church Center
Attn: Lisa Mixon
PO Box 1245
Bethlehem, PA 18016-1245

*Please be sure to note it is a donation for Nikole Raskovic or else it will not go directly towards my trip.

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please contact me for the paperwork.

About Moravian Antioch
The Antioch Project is a ministry of the Board of World Mission, that focuses on young adults using their gifts to answer their calls to mission. Both long term and short term opportunities are developed in coordination with other Moravian provinces.

About Nepal
Nepal is located in South Asia and shares territorial borders with India and China. Nepal is known for its exquisite natural beauty, with the iconic Himalayas running across the northern and western part of the country. Eight of the fourteen highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, reside within the country's borders. Although Nepal is a relatively small country in comparison with its neighbors, it has an astonishingly diverse landscape, from the rugged Himalayas in the north to the humid Terai plains in the south. The capital and largest city is Kathmandu.

Name of the Country: Kingdom of Nepal
Area: 140,800 sq km
Population: 23 million
Capital city: Kathmandu
People: Hindus, Newars, Tibetans, Gurungs, Magars, Tamangs, Rais, Limbus, Sherpas
National Language: Nepali. However different ethnic groups have their own mother languages like Tamang, Gurung, Newari, Maithili, Sherpa, Bhojpuri, Rai Tharu etc.
Religion: Hinduism and Buddhism are two major religions of Nepal. Hindus and Buddhist are tolerant to each other, followed by Muslims, Jains and Christians.
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
King: His Majesty Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
GDP: US$27.4 billion
GDP per head: US$1100
Currency: Rupee
Annual growth: 6%
Inflation: 2.1%
Major industries: Tourism, Handicraft, Agriculture and Water Resources.

Literacy rate of 48.6%
Average life expectancy is 59
The greatest altitude variation on Earth

The Himalayan Kingdom has the richest and most diverse culture landscapes anywhere. Nepal is the holy land of Lord Pashupatinath and Gautam Buddha where the Hindus and Buddhists have lived together in harmony for centuries. The Temple of Pashupatinath is Nepal's most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the four most important cities in the world for Shiva worshippers. Lord Buddha, the light of Asia, was born in Lumbini in Nepal's southern plains, which makes Nepal a scared pilgrimage destination for Buddhists as well.

The rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal is synthesized in the Kathmandu Valley. The three ancient cities of the Valley Patan, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur represent an epitome of harmony in urban design, elegant architecture and refined culture. These cities pack a concentration of religious monuments unequalled in the world. Don't miss the seven monument zones named as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO all situated within the small confines of the Valley.

Follow me on my journey
I will have a blog during my time abroad with videos, pictures, and journal entries. I do not have the website URL at this time, however when I do I will post it.

Many thanks for your support.
Without it I would not be able to help those in need.
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