Community nursery and awareness raising sessions in Shikharjung

21st May 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.

 

In addition to growing a vegetable nursery, week two was a great opportunity to conduct awareness raising sessions. The first session focused on career opportunities for young people. By listening to stories, sharing future goals, writing down skills and strengths on a ‘mini-me’ drawing, we tried to encourage and inspire them to pursue their aspirations. The second session focused on alcohol abuse. From the surveys we filled out in week one, we found that excess consumption was an issue here. To tackle this problem, Matt and Chelsea counseled the children on the effects alcohol can have in the hope of reducing consumption in the future.

Working with children became a bit of a theme of our second week in Shikharjung. On Friday afternoon, we went litter picking with some of the younger classes at the local school. It was great to see how eager they were to help clean up the area. Armed with old rice sacks and the opportunity to win some chocolates, each class joined us to collect as much rubbish as possible. In less than half an hour, we had filled every sack that we brought with us and the area around the school was looking noticeably tidier. It was an incredible week for Shikharjung and we hope the next week will bring more success to our story.

Written by Ciara,
Shikharjung, Gorkha.

 

 

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