Raleigh has been working in Nepal since January 2015. Since the devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015, we believe there is an even stronger need to work together with communities to rebuild lives.
As well as supporting local partners and communities in the earthquake relief efforts in both Gorkha and Makwanpur districts, the focus of our work in Nepal will be Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Community Resilience and Youth Development.
On our expedition programme, an exciting adventure and leadership project will take place in the challenging yet beautiful Manaslu National Park.
In the first months of working in Nepal, we have discovered the challenges facing local communities and local youth as well as the wider picture of current development initiatives in Nepal.
We have found that agricultural skills, along with entrepreneurial skills, such as business planning and marketing techniques can create the opportunities to generate reliable, sustainable incomes.
We have also found a strong need for reliable, sustainable water sources which have to withstand the climate change of increasing monsoon rains and the mountainous landscapes that make retrieving water a very hazardous activity.
The team have witnessed the arduous daily need to walk up and down extremely steep slopes to carry water back home for the family. There are also powerful behavioural change campaigns that are reaching many districts to encourage them to become open-defecation free by 2017 but a lot of work still needs to be done to reach certain communities.
There is a lot of work to do, and we believe that by working together with communities, local project partners, the government and a cohort of passionate and inspired young people, we can make real, lasting change happen.