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Young people need to be heard to the change the world. The Raleigh International blog is a platform for young people to share their voices on issues and causes they feel passionate about. Views shared on the blog do not necessarily represent the views of Raleigh International

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Around the world Mental Health Awareness Week is observed from 18-24 May 2020. This week is used to showcasemental health and to try to remove the stigma we have as a society regarding mental illness. For this Mental Health Awareness Week, Dr Brent Downes, Country Director of Raleigh International Nepal, talks about the importance of removing the stigma of mental illness, and how young people, like Raleigh’s alumni, can be in the forefront of this transformation.

May 21, 2020

This World Water Day it is important reflect on the ways climate change has and continually puts strain on water resources. Raleigh Volunteer Communications Officer, Alex, reflects on the work Raleigh volunteers have been doing in Gorkha to support communities in improving water access and livelihoods.

March 20, 2020

Niraljan Dangol started his Raleigh journey in Spring 2019 as a Volunteer Manager leading groups of young volunteers on expedition. He then stayed on to be a Deputy Operations Manager, helping to co-ordinate teams of volunteers from our Kathmandu field base. He tells us how that set him up for his current role – helping to set up and run Raleigh projects by working for our project partner Goreto Ghorka.

February 18, 2020

Why do we volunteer? Surely it’s easier to stay at home bingeing on pizza and Netflix, right? Well the UN estimates that 970 million people volunteer worldwide, and in Nepal there are hundreds of Raleigh volunteers every year. This International Volunteer Day, volunteer Communications Officer Ursula captures the voices of volunteers working for change in Nepal and why they are doing it.

December 4, 2019

The Global Goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and address the climate emergency by 2030. But we all have a part to play in achieving them. On UN Day, Volunteer Communications Officer Ursula in Nepal shares the contribution that young people working with Raleigh Nepal are making to the worldwide effort to achieve the Global Goals.

October 24, 2019

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

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

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