Around the world Mental Health Awareness Week is observed from 18-24 May 2020. This week is used to showcasemental health and to try to remove the stigma we have as a society regarding mental illness. For this Mental Health Awareness Week, Dr Brent Downes, Country Director of Raleigh International Nepal, talks about the importance of removing the stigma of mental illness, and how young people, like Raleigh’s alumni, can be in the forefront of this transformation.May 21, 2020
The emergence of the global challenge of COVID-19 has provided a stark reminder of how and why it is needed for young people to be at the heart of global development.April 5, 2020
This World Water Day it is important reflect on the ways climate change has and continually puts strain on water resources. Raleigh Volunteer Communications Officer, Alex, reflects on the work Raleigh volunteers have been doing in Gorkha to support communities in improving water access and livelihoods.March 20, 2020
Niraljan Dangol started his Raleigh journey in Spring 2019 as a Volunteer Manager leading groups of young volunteers on expedition. He then stayed on to be a Deputy Operations Manager, helping to co-ordinate teams of volunteers from our Kathmandu field base. He tells us how that set him up for his current role – helping to set up and run Raleigh projects by working for our project partner Goreto Ghorka.February 18, 2020
Why do we volunteer? Surely it’s easier to stay at home bingeing on pizza and Netflix, right? Well the UN estimates that 970 million people volunteer worldwide, and in Nepal there are hundreds of Raleigh volunteers every year. This International Volunteer Day, volunteer Communications Officer Ursula captures the voices of volunteers working for change in Nepal and why they are doing it.December 4, 2019
2015 was a devastating year for Nepal. The earthquake that struck the country in April caused great losses and one of the regions that suffered the most was Gorkha. Nayagaun, a small village of around thirty-nine households, had a similar fate. Many houses fell and people felt extremely vulnerable.September 12, 2019
Traditionally in Nepal, discussions regarding menstruation and menstrual practices have be discouraged. There are still socio-cultural restrictions regarding the discussion of this topic, which has resulted in decreased awareness among key groups. To help communities overcome this stigma, Raleigh Nepal volunteers organise menstruation awareness programmes, where they discuss menstrual hygiene and the menstrual cycle.
Our volunteer Nanako writes about the menstrual awareness session held by volunteers in the community of Aam Dada.
Young people are often criticized for being lazy and apathetic by older generations. But this could not be further from the truth. Every day young people demonstrate their energy and passion for change. So it’s time that we stop underestimating them.August 12, 2019