Today more people than ever before are working together to create sustainable change around the world.
Despite this, there is much more work to be done.
We connect communities wanting to improve their lives and their environment with passionate people from around the world who want to take positive action.
By working alongside young people to create positive change, communities develop their knowledge and confidence and become more empowered.
The energy and motivation of empowered people leads to lasting change.
What do we mean by lasting change? We mean behaviour change. We can demonstrate that our unique approach is a catalyst for positive behaviour change at both the community level and amongst the young people who volunteer with us.
What is the focus of our work in Nepal?
We focus our work in the districts of Gorkha and Makwanpur. Volunteers will support local partners and communities in their continuing efforts to rebuild Nepal following the earthquakes in 2015. This includes improving access to safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), building Community Resilience and Youth Development.
In the first two years of working in Nepal, it has been interesting to discover the challenges facing local communities and local youth as well as the wider picture of current development initiatives in Nepal. An understanding of why so many youth leave Nepal every year to find work overseas instead of being able to generate income locally is influencing the team’s planning of the youth entrepreneurship project.
Why young people?
There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today. They are the most important resource the world has yet they are often undervalued, underestimated and expected to underachieve. We’re working to change that.
We believe that young people are the generation that has the energy, optimism and creativity to make change happen. And they are open to new ways of thinking and doing. Raleigh has over 30 years of experience of tapping into young people’s potential to inspire and empower them.
We believe that young people can be agents of change on both a global and local scale. Often these young people are excluded from decision making that affects them because of a lack of knowledge, skills or voice.
Our approach to tackling this issue involves challenging people to go beyond their comfort zones on a trek or as a leader during a placement, engaging in structured reflection activities throughout.