Krishna Bahadur is the village respondent and head of the Water Users Committee in Sau Gaun, a village of 17 households and a population of 80. He was born in Kathmandu, Thamel, despite his family being from Sau Gaun. He moved to his village (Sau Gaun) at the age of 3 and started his education locally, moving between five different schools before studying at college and university in Kathmandu, where he studied hotel management. He went on to work in hotels for four years, in roles such as waiter and management. Hhis ability to speak English greatly improved due to the large tourist customer base. From his acquired skills he decided to open his own hotel (called Hotel Garden), running successfully for three years until he had to close because of lack of business.May 22, 2018
Soil is everything in this part of Nepal we will now live in for three months. In our second week in Shikharjung, we helped grow first vegetable nursery that included veggies like tomato and cabbage. The seedlings that grow in this patch of land will be distributed to each of the poly-tunnel beneficiaries to support their economic growth. Poly-tunnels are made with bamboo or steel with semi circular hoops that are covered with plastics. They work like green houses and are used to grow off seasonal vegetables. The main objective of growing the vegetable nursery and constructing poly-tunnels is to empower the local people in their business in a sustainable way.May 21, 2018
Born and raised in Chitwan, Pradeep Raj Giri is the Country Operations Manager (COM) in Raleigh International Nepal. With the academic background in social work, conflict, peace and development studies, he started his career as an academic associate in Kadambari Memorial College. After that, he did a three-month course in Peace Studies in India which led him to volunteer for a year in Corrymeela Community in Northern Island. He has his mentor Michael Fryer to thank for this volunteering opportunity that changed his life. He has also worked in All Hands Volunteers as a Community Trainer and Operations Manager. Pradeep joined Raleigh in 2017 and has been running the show behind the curtains of operations team. Here is what he has to say about his Raleigh journey and experiences.May 11, 2018
The WASH teams of Makwanpur have already settled in their community. The four teams will be working in Aapchaur, Sanutar, Solithum and Baghmara. After four days of induction and training, they were excited to leave for their communities. Here is a glimpse of the teams:May 7, 2018
The Livelihoods team have stepped their first foot in the hills of Gorkha! On 27th April, the volunteers were sorted into the villages with the Team Leaders. The procession looked a bit like Hogwarts house allocation with the team leaders putting tika on their blindfolded volunteers followed by a cheeky game of hide and seek. For the rest of the day, the teams spent time with each other and learned several aspects of the Livelihood program. The subjects ranged from idea generation to business canvas modelling, where the volunteers worked in their teams to come up with a business idea. It was a good practice to mirror the experiences they are about to gain in their placement. The next day involved a great deal of programmatic training with the livelihoods coordinator and health and safety training with the medics. On 29th April, the teams were all geared up to deploy to the respective communities. Here are the teams in all their glory:April 30, 2018
The early summer cycle ICS Team Leaders are all set to spread their wings and venture into the ICS journey. But just before that, they are preparing for their venture in the community named Kaudi. After the training, they will be off to project planning visit in their communities.
The Team Leaders of Gorkha and Makwanpur will play a key role in facilitating and running livelihoods and WASH projects respectively. Here is a brief introduction of each team leader:
In Sau Gaun, we had a lot of success in mobilizing the community children. We held litter picking session which enabled to contribute to the cleanliness of their community. After each litter picking session we demonstrated the 7 steps of handwashing and the children washed their hands even if they were motivated by some biscuits. Once the children gained the momentum, and a little push from our Community Development team they formed their own children’s group called “Sunaulo Tara Baal Club” which translates to “Golden Stars Children’s Club”, and are now planning to hold a picnic by using the money collected from litter picking.
Namaste! Our week in the village of Beteghari-Gopirang was one that matched its topographical map; in spite of the lows of unexpected delays it was a week of high achievements.
This blog is about my experience encountering one of Nepal’s most picturesque landscapes and its direct scarcity of water. The small community of Archale, Gorkha is right at the center of Nepal’s most pressing challenges. This place is nothing less than heaven with its beauty and scenic trails on which you can lose yourself in the lap of mountains amid green forests.
This week celebrated the 108th International Women’s Day. This offers a time of reflection and appreciation of women’s efforts in striving for gender equality worldwide. ‘Ending Gender Inequality’ is one of the most pinnacle Sustainable Development Goals, and the Thansingh team felt it was important to make sure that International Women’s Day was recognized within our community in Thansing. The Thansingh team organized an event, which successfully engaged around 30 female community members, alongside the Raleigh volunteers. The purpose of the day was to spread awareness of gender equality, encourage discussion, and celebrate women’s unity.March 12, 2018