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2015 was a devastating year for Nepal. The earthquake that struck the country in April caused great losses and one of the regions that suffered the most was Gorkha. Nayagaun, a small village of around thirty-nine households, had a similar fate. Many houses fell and people felt extremely vulnerable.

September 12, 2019

Plastic pollution is a global problem affecting natural environments around the world. Raleigh ICS alumni Charlie is explaining how she is stepping up to fight against the tide of plastics and why we all need to get involved.

August 28, 2019

Traditionally in Nepal, discussions regarding menstruation and menstrual practices have be discouraged. There are still socio-cultural restrictions regarding the discussion of this topic, which has resulted in decreased awareness among key groups. To help communities overcome this stigma, Raleigh Nepal volunteers organise menstruation awareness programmes, where they discuss menstrual hygiene and the menstrual cycle.

Our volunteer Nanako writes about the menstrual awareness session held by volunteers in the community of Aam Dada.

August 27, 2019

On 10th August, Raleigh alumni came together at events in the UK and Tanzania for International Youth Day, building their networks, skills, and insight relating to employment and the challenge young people face around the world today. We hear from Raleigh alumna Yasmin on her experience of the UK event in London and what she discovered about the value of her volunteering experience.

August 23, 2019

Celebrating a partnership that is in its 7th year running, Raleigh continues to work with Newcastle University and its School of Civil Engineering to deliver sustainable engineering projects overseas. Part of the MEng Civil Engineering degree module called Global Engineering, the penultimate year students either have the opportunity to work on Raleigh’s School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SWASH) programme in Tanzania or undertake an indigenous school project in Costa Rica.

August 23, 2019

For Raleigh it is young people volunteering their time and energy in their own country and globally that are the catalysts for change. In Costa Rica, by equipping them with the necessary skills, confidence and experiences, we have seen how they can become some of the most energetic and empowered partners in development. Working with indigenous communities as well as leading on environmental sustainability, young volunteers come to develop strong leadership and team building skills and experience invaluable changes within themselves.

August 14, 2019

Young people are often criticized for being lazy and apathetic by older generations. But this could not be further from the truth. Every day young people demonstrate their energy and passion for change. So it’s time that we stop underestimating them.

August 12, 2019