The Butterworths in Nepal
Katrina and Martin are members of Shipley Baptist Church, Bradford. They moved to Nepal in 1997 and worked in Butwal for the first five years. Martin was the quality manager in a large factory making equipment for hydro-electric schemes. Katrina used her medical skills locally, and cared for their daughters who were both born in Nepal. ln July 2oo2 the family moved to Kathmandu. Martin continued working for the same factory for another year, with frequent visits to Butwal.
Katrina now works full-time in Patan Hospital where she supervises the large outpatient department, teaches junior medicaI staff and is an associate professor in the new GP training programme. She also acts as technical advisor to a group working to set up continuing medical education for doctors working in rural Nepa[. Her greatest clinical challenge is the service for a]coholics, the first in Nepal.
Martin cares for Ruth and Esther. He also works as monitoring and evaluation advisor for UMN. His main responsibility is to develop and implement systems that provide appropriate assessments for the work of UMN with its many local partner organisations throughout Nepal.
Ruth and Esther both attend Kathmandu lnternational Study Centre, a Christian school for the children of mission workers from all over the world.
As a family, the Butterworth’s enjoy walking, cycling and trekking. Martin enjoys off-road running and Katrina likes to read. Ruth and Esther enjoy reading and any kind of craft.
BMS World Mission has been involved in Nepal since 1962. BMS works with several partner organisations including the United Mission to Nepal, the lnternational Nepal Fellowship, Human Development and Community Services, Nepal Baptist Church Council and the Kathmandu lnternationat Study Centre.
Although popular as a tourist destination, Nepal is one of the poorest countries of the world. Over 4o per cent of the population survive on less than US$ a day. Fighting between government troops and Maoists has killed an estimated 14,000 people. There are still regular strikes causing disruption to daily life.