Network of Safety in Mountain Communities


Vincanne Adams, Sienna Craig, Arlene Samen, Surya Bhatta


This story, told by the director of a small NGO devoted to safe motherhood in Nepal’s Himalayan communities, offers some key insights about the challenges and achievements of working in mountain communities anywhere.  One Heart World-wide began its program in the Baglung and Dolpa Districts of Nepal in 2010, after having successfully developed similar programs in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China, over the previous decade.  Recognizing the particular obstacles facing women in remote mountain regions, OHW developed an approach called the “Network of Safety” which responds to these particular challenges.  This report from the field offers a concise overview of how the network of safety works, and how it sometimes produces unexpected outcomes arising from the challenges of working in mountain communities.