Kate Forbes MSP will meet with survivors of recent flooding and earthquakes in communities across Nepal, as she endeavours to find out more about the impact of global climate change.
This week Ms Forbes, who sits on Holyrood’s Environment Committee, will also see how money raised by people in Scotland has helped people to rebuild their lives and homes.
She will be going to the Teraj, the south of the country, to see a project in Nepalgunj which is working to assist people in the aftermath of flash floods, which has received support from the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund.
This will also include meeting with farmers who have started cultivation again, and people who have rebuilt their shelters.
The visit has been organised by Christian humanitarian charity Tearfund, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “I’m spending a few days in Nepal to meet with people who were affected by the earthquake of 2015 and the more recent flooding.
“These are incredible folk who have looked death in the face and are now rebuilding their lives.
“I have no doubt that these meetings will give me a greater sense of perspective and hopefully it will be an encouragement to those I meet as well to know that there are people across the world who care about their welfare.
“I will be regularly posting photos on social media for anybody who’d like to track my visit.”
Lynne Paterson, Tearfund Scotland’s director, added: “We're delighted that Kate will be joining us on this special trip, as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, to meet Tearfund partners and communities in Nepal.
“We hope that through meeting with people first-hand, Kate will get a fresh insight into how Tearfund, with the support of the Scottish Government, is bringing hope to communities who need it most.”
Nepal is a country located between India and China, landlocked and dependent on Indian supply routes for most of its trade including essential commodities such as oil products and medicines.
It ranks 145 on the Human Development Index, meaning it is one of the least developed countries in the world and in general the infrastructure and facilities are poor, probably with the exception of areas frequented by tourists.