PMC began working in Nepal in 2016. Nepal's annual population growth rate is 1.16 percent which, if unchanged, means its population is projected to double in 60 years.
PMC’s first two programs in Nepal, Mai Sari Sunakhari (“Orchid, Like Me”) and Hilkor (“Ripples in the Water”), have received tremendous support. The dramas launched on the Nepali New Year in April of 2016 with the Former Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav speaking about the importance of addressing early marriage. It was particularly powerful because he was married at age 14. His wife was 12. PMC’s two dramas also benefitted from amazing promotion that featured Nepali superstar Rajesh Hamal.
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Nepal is a land-locked country in South Asia bordered by the Himalayas known for the ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest. Nepal was a monarchy throughout most of its history. In the mid-90s, Civil War broke out and lasted for about a decade until a 12-point agreement from all political parties was established in 2005. Nepal struggles with poverty and hunger. More than 25 percent of the people live below poverty. This contributes to hunger, lack of education, and early marriage. Only 53 percent of women over the age of 15 can read and write. The devastating earthquake in April of 2015, known as the Nepal Earthquake or the Gorkha Earthquake, killed over 8,000 people and injured more and has the country still trying to recover from this tragedy.