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

In autumn 2017, I decided to return back to my home country, Nepal, on a Raleigh ICS placement with an ambition to make a difference in the lives of some of the most underprivileged people living in deprived areas. Over the course of 10 weeks, our focus was on providing easy access to clean water; infrastructure work; community development ; awareness raising and training in a small community named Dhuseni in Gorkha.

May 16, 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

Over 40 days, two teams of volunteers have been working towards improving water access in the community of Shree Krishna Tol. By constructing a new water tank and three new tap stands, there is now stronger infrastructure to provide water for all households in the community. The project has been hard work for all the volunteers, so to mark the completion of the project and their amazing achievement, the community held a ceremony to officially open the water tank and tap stands, providing one of the most special moments of the Expedition.

April 26, 2018

When the earthquake struck three years ago, it devastated homes across Gorkha and affected livelihoods for people living in rural communities. Last year, Raleigh volunteers worked on housebuilding projects to support people whose homes were destroyed in the earthquake, including Sajita and her family in Baltar. Nine months on from the completion of the Raleigh project, Sajita is now living in her new home with her family and is looking to the future.

April 25, 2018

For many young people in Nepal, when they leave school their number one priority is to get a job and make the first steps in new careers. Taking time out to volunteer is not a big part of youth culture, so for Anjeela, a student in Kathmandu, making the leap into volunteering was a step out of the norm. Driven by her passion to help people, Anjeela volunteered on the Raleigh ICS programme last year, and is now one of over 40 amazing Expedition volunteers currently in Gorkha. As she works with her team to improve water scarcity in rural Nepal, Anjeela reflects on what she has learnt through her Raleigh experience and why volunteering is important to her.

April 18, 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:

April 17, 2018