Inspired by International Women’s Day on the 8th March, the volunteers in Nibuwatar wanted to find out more about how members of the community felt about gender equality. We conducted interviews with men and women of various ages and backgrounds throughout the community, to hear their thoughts.

March 21, 2016

International Women’s Day in Bhalu Khola passed with great positivity. The day was organised by the village level women’s network group and the inter-party women’s network and gathered a crowd of over 300 people. All nine wards of Aambhanjyang assembled together to celebrate women and the fight for equality. Raleigh participated by running a poetry competition to promote equality and the rights of women.

March 19, 2016

November Charlie 3 recently celebrated the women of the local community to commemorate International Women's Day with a meal cooked by the men, both from the local community and our volunteers. After a meeting of all the men in the community we were assigned tasks with Aaron, Ashish, Mason and Callum assigned to collect the ingredients for the feast. At home this might have involved popping down to the local grocery shop but here the lads had to dig up the vegetables from the ground and prepare the chickens.

March 19, 2016

On the 18th February we departed from training and the other three groups of Raleigh volunteers, heading forth to new horizons and a new home for the next three months. As our bus pulled up in Nibuwatar, our journey started off with a bang as one of the team leaders attempted to exit the car but tumbled out instead, honoring our arrival by blessing the ground on his hands and knees.

March 17, 2016

After getting married at age 13, Laxmithaba Magar was unable to receive any formal education, however, she has gone on to ensure both her 2 sons and 5 daughters receive their full education. Laxmithaba lives on the goat farm at the entrance to the village we are living in, with her 2 youngest daughters Nema and Robina. Since we arrived in Kiteni, Laxmithaba has welcomed us with open arms and we now know her as Ama, which is Nepali for Mother. This International Women’s Day, Ama has kindly agreed to share her story with us.

March 15, 2016

Back home in Scotland, on dark and dreich nights towards the end of January, families and communities come together to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns. Haggis, neeps and tatties, steak pies, and copious amounts of alcohol are consumed as his poems are brought to life – tales of drunken horse rides and the “chieftan o’ the pudding race”. But it is his genuine admiration for women, immortalized in the Burns’ Night tradition of the (often humorous) “Toast tae the Lassies”, which brings him to mind as I celebrate International Women’s Day here in Nepal.

March 14, 2016

Today we are celebrating International Women's Day here in Nepal with various activities throughout the villages. The volunteers are working together with local organisations supporting marches, creating poetry competitions and hosting women's appreciation dinners to name but a few events, all with the intent to mobilise their communities and promote today's cause.

March 8, 2016

Each one of us set off on our journey with different opinions, expectations and emotions but all with a shared thirst to learn and experience different cultures, traditions, and an excitement to meet new people. From our training in Hetauda, Team November Charlie 4 climbed into the vehicles and set off on our journey to Kiteni, with the promise of some of the best views from the village we would soon call home.

March 5, 2016

We received a warm welcome into our village; Basuki. The village elders put tikas on our foreheads and gave us each ten rupees as Nepali culture says that when you put a tika on somebody’s forehead they should not be left empty handed. Our host families have been so generous ever since we arrived and have welcomed us into their homes as if we are their own family. The scenery here is unbelievable; we are remote and surrounded by stunning mountains and terraced fields, exactly how we imagined Nepal to be.

March 5, 2016

Namaste! We are team November Charlie 1. Our in-country volunteers are Prakriti, Sashi, Amulya, Pinku, Arati and Nikee. Our UK volunteers are Josh, Natalie, Phil, Lara, Mark, Nirali and Vicky. Our Team Leaders are Asha and Virginia. The pretty green valley of Aambhanjyang and within it, the village of Bhalu Khola (Balooka-la), will be our home for the next three months.

March 5, 2016