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Reaching the end of our Nepali journey, November Charlie 4 can look back at our time in Kiteni and smile! In just 3 months we done a lot!

May 6, 2016

Now that we have reached the end of our programme here in Nepal, November Charlie 3 spent some time thinking about what this experience has meant to them, and their futures.

May 6, 2016

The UK volunteers departed London on 12th February. According to my diary, by the evening of the 13th, the time we finally nosed into Kathmandu, it already felt as if we’d all spent an entire week together. Now we have reached May and the end of our International Citizen Service with Raleigh International, you can only imagine how unfathomable the entire experience has been, how difficult it now is to mentally manoeuvre and meander our myriad shared memories. As you read this we have now re-entered our past existences and for all of us, whether it’s Kathmandu or Wandsworth that we’ve returned to, life will never quite be the same again.

May 6, 2016

With many of the volunteers in my group bemoaning the billowing smoke in the house at meal times and with a recollection that high mortality rates in developing nations are attributed to smoke inhalation, I decided to take a hands on approach to tackle what I perceived to be a serious health threat in the household.

May 2, 2016

All of November Charlie 4 had been raring to go since the beginning of phase 3 and now it was time, after a long wait for construction to begin. Based on our meetings with the Water Users Committee and walks around the village we had gained an accurate idea of the water and sanitation situation in Kiteni. This information was passed to our project partners WOCHEND and once an engineer had conducted a technical survey we were ready to go.

May 1, 2016

When I arrived in Nepal to start volunteering on the ICS livelihoods programme with Raleigh, I had no idea what to expect. I had plenty of energy and enthusiasm to bring but I had no idea how my skills and experiences would be used and developed through the project.

May 1, 2016

I hope you enjoyed reading about International Women’s Day in Bhalu Khola and all the exciting events that occurred, from the march to the drama sketches. Last week, we finally got the chance, thanks to Asha who translated them beautifully, to hear the poems from our competition in English.

The entries were a huge surprise to most of us. I for one did not expect the kids to make such an effort. They were all phenomenal and deciding on three winners was near impossible!

April 28, 2016

It was a fun Saturday and we had decorated our community hall with lots of chart paper, posters, participatory rural appraisal results, source survey results, baseline survey results, focus group discussions and outcomes and lots of beautiful paper flowers. This was our perfect time to present all the data we have collected to the community as well as to our Project Partner RADO. We called this our exhibition day.

April 28, 2016

We recently celebrated the 1st of Baisakh 2073, or Nepali New Year’s Day. This prompted us to think about our time here and how we have personally developed. We asked ourselves “What have I realised during my time here in Nimti?”

April 27, 2016

One of the necessities that all people need is basic health facilities to have a good standard of living, which we all have a right to. We are all equal, regardless of religion, wealth, nationality and any other distinction, as it is written in the universal declaration of human rights (UDHR 1948).

Volunteering with Raleigh International, on their first International Citizen Service in Nepal, and working alongside our project partner WOCHEND, November Charlie 4 have been working with the community of Kiteni to promote Water, sanitation and hygiene and good practices. Over the past 2 and half months, we have done various activities to achieve this.

April 26, 2016