First week in Dhuseni

25th October 2017

On Wednesday we met with village leader Danda Pani Dhakal to set up a new Water User Committee (WUSC). The community were very enthusiastic about establishing the WUSC for Dhuseni and were quick to nominate a president, treasurer, and secretary. The new WUSC now better represents the diversity of Dhuseni’s residents; with 35% women and over 40% of its members under 35. Our meeting was also an opportunity to introduce Raleigh International to the community and to find out more about issues with the water scheme.
Volunteers Sam and Ankit conducting a baseline survey
To promote greater team bonding and boost team morale we spent Thursday evening cooking dinner together and hosting a small party with the locals with music and dancing. On Friday, on the advice of one of our host fathers, we walked down to the Budi Gandaki river. This helped us discover more of Dhuseni and the rest of the 133 community households. Sunday 15th October was Global Handwashing Day and we spent Saturday planning an awareness session to run at local Vimsen Primary School. The event was a great success. We ran several sessions on the importance of hand washing (when, how, why) through songs, quizzes and practical demonstrations. The children were really engaged and we’ve been invited back to run sessions on upcoming UN International Days.
Volunteer Sanchita teaching Vimsen primary school children about hand washing on Global Handwashing Day
We achieved more in our first seven days in Dhuseni than expected; setting up a new WUSC,  completing 100% of our baseline surveys, integrating with community members, and adjusting to rural village life. Next week we plan to meet with the WUSC and engineers from SSICDC to discuss technical plans for the Bogati water scheme and will start to make progress on its rehabilitation. Written by team leader Sarah B November Charlie 2 Dhuseni, Gorkha REMEMBER You can always contact our volunteers via our official website. Why not like our Facebook and Instagram for all the updates? You can also drop a good old-fashioned letter, to our PO.BOX here in Kathmandu. (Participants name) Raleigh International Nepal G.P.O Box Number 26441 Sundhara Kathmandu Nepal

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