Raleigh's work is delivered though teams of volunteers, who give the programme its energy, inspiration and bring a whole lot of fun. To celebrate International Volunteer Day, two of our Expedition volunteers have written about their time volunteering in Nepal. Anna-Maria is an international volunteer from Edinburgh, in the UK, and Sudhir is a host country volunteer from Bhaktapur, Nepal.December 5, 2018
Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) livelihoods volunteers are working with community members in Kisedi, Makwanpur to show how sustainable farming practices and crop diversification will allow them to increase their income and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Volunteers have been delivering awareness raising sessions and training, developing resources and community infrastructure, undertaking needs assessments and action research and promoting active global citizenship. Here an ICS volunteer team reflect on life in the community and the work that they have undertaken so far on the programme.December 4, 2018
Mojkumari Joshi lives in Sanobadhera, a small village in the Gorkha area, where she has lived all of her life. The availability of water in this region is scarce, especially during the dry season where many water sources dry up. Each community in Gorkha owns its own water source, so when one does not produce enough water, the village are forced to look elsewhere, sometimes having to heavily ration their own supplies or even pay for water.
Raleigh have been working on a WASH (water and sanitation hygiene) project in this community for two months, building a storage tank to act as a backup supply of water, as well as a central handwashing station to reduce the distance community members need to walk to access water.
Beth is a volunteer on our autumn Nepal Expedition programme, which runs from September to December. She has completed three weeks living in a community and working on a WASH project (water, sanitation and hygiene), and she has just returned from a three week, 120 kilometre trek.November 28, 2018
After working continuously in community for four weeks, ICS volunteer teams were excited to review their progress and hear from other groups. At the ICS mid-phase review, volunteers get opportunity to meet the other working teams; reflect on our experience so far; learn about their challenges and share ideas to implement on return to our community projects.
Blog by ICS volunteers, Ritik and Supriya (Team Dadagaon).
Mathilo Raniswara, one of the villages that current Expedition volunteers have been working in, began a women’s committee in 1995 in a bid to help their community. The current head of the committee, Jash Maya Rai Ale, spoke to us about the issues she has been tackling in her ward.
Panchu Thing is a 43 year old female farmer from Ickchung, a rural community in the Makwanpur district of Nepal, and a former participant in Raleigh Nepal's ICS livelihoods programme. She lives with her three sons and her husband Fatte Bahadur Thing, who is one of the leading farmers from Ickchung. We revisited her farm to discuss how taking part in the programme had helped her family's business.November 22, 2018
It happens to us all everyday, but where would you wee or poo if you didn’t have access to a loo?
(Photo: Sylvie Myers, a Raleigh Volunteer Manager, digs out a toilet pit)
As part of Raleigh’s WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programme in communities in rural Gorkha, we work closely with the Water User Committees in each village. These groups manage water usage, maintain the piping systems and ensure that each member of the community has fair access to water.November 12, 2018
Bikesh Shreshtha is an employee of Goreto Gorkha, one of Raleigh’s community project partners in Nepal. NGOs (non-government organisations) like Goreto Gorkha help Raleigh carry out their work by helping with ideas, technical support and training. We spoke to Bikesh about his experiences working with Goreto Gorkha and Raleigh to deliver WASH projects in Sanobadhera, Mathilo Raniswara and other communities.
(pictured - Bikesh and Sally our communication officer on project site)