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“My husband left our house when our son was 2 years old. He never came back. I had to look after our child alone. He is 30 years old now. When he was young he used to ask me where his Dad was, but I didn’t have any answer. I used to cry on my own. I don’t know if he’s still alive but I still watch out for him. I still hope that one day he will come, I will wait for him till my last breath.”

Post by Expedition volunteer Sunita Lama Gole

April 20, 2019
Volunteer in Tanzania speaking to community member group

Human created climate change is threatening the future of our planet. This is exacerbated by a booming global population reliant upon unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. But something is changing. Young people are showing they are ready to take the necessary steps to tackle this issue - which they face but did not create - because it is their planet too. In this blog we’ll be asking you, our former volunteers, how you want us to help you make a difference.

April 18, 2019

Gizem is a corporate volunteer with Raleigh International. Her company, multinational health and hygiene firm RB, has been partnered with Raleigh since 2017. As part of this extensive partnership, RB enables future-potential and high-potential employees to take part in a Raleigh Expedition as part of RB’s Long Term Volunteering Programme, and to also develop their leadership skills.

For the past 10 weeks Gizem has been leading young volunteers working on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects (WASH) in two communities in the Gorkha region of Nepal. These projects connect strongly to the RB organisational purpose of ‘Healthier Lives, Happier Homes’. Here, Gizem speaks to Raleigh about her time as a Volunteer Project Manager and the lessons she will bring back to RB with her.

April 16, 2019

Out of a total of 650 applicants, around 90 Nepalese volunteers were selected to take part in Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) in October-December 2018. They have since completed projects on the UK government funded programme and become leaders of Raleigh’s sustainable change. As part of ICS, participants take part in a Returned Volunteer event (RV) after completing their projects to reflect on challenges and achievements from their projects and to plan their next steps. Here, we follow ICS volunteers through their RV event and show how this is an instrumental part in making Raleigh’s work a continuous sustainable process which creates a new generation of active citizens in Nepal.

April 15, 2019

Many diseases and illnesses are spread simply by not washing hands with soap and clean water. The seven steps of handwashing play an important role in promoting hygiene. Following these steps allows us to clean and wash every corner of our hands, getting rid of germs and bacteria that affect our health hygiene. Raleigh ICS has been working to improve WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) practices in the rural communities of Makwanpur and Gorkha. Volunteers are also constructing handwashing stations and tap stands, while working on supplying water sources for communities that are in need of water.

Our volunteers Sam, Sanjeev and Johannes write about their handwashing session in community.

April 15, 2019

Hamish decided to go on a Raleigh Expedition to help him determine what he wanted from his future. Here he tells us about his time on Expedition so far and what he has gained from the experience.

Post and pictures by David Lorton

March 31, 2019

Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. Here we look at how Raleigh Tanzania water, sanitation and hygiene projects are putting this into practice.

March 22, 2019

Imagine climbing a ladder where no matter how many steps you take, you stay in the same place. Now imagine the next step on that ladder is a chance to receive primary education. For the children in Dörbata, this is their reality. Very few children have access to education, something many often take for granted. This is where Raleigh volunteers step in.

March 22, 2019

This World Water Day, we bring you story of Man Bahadur from Gorkha district, one of the most earthquake affected districts of Nepal. Man Bahadur is the president of the Naya Gaun Baltar Water User Committee from Gandaki Rural Municipality, Gorkha. He is 60 years old and is living with his wife. The Water User Committee has been registered and working for two years now and he is an active member of the community.

March 22, 2019

Holi, also known as Festival of Colours, takes place on the full moon day in Nepal. During this colorful festival, the Nepalese will throw dry powder and colored water to express their blessings and good wishes. Expedition volunteer Alice Palmer shares her experience of Holi whilst staying in the rural village of Tersey, where she was working on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects.

Post and pictures by Alice Palmer

March 21, 2019