After a bumpy journey from Kathmandu, our team was welcomed off the bus by the whole community with red Tikka, beautiful handmade flower necklaces and a bottle of lychee juice each. The rest of our first day was spent settling into our host homes and starting to get to know where we will be living for the next 9 weeks.February 21, 2018
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After an early start and a bumpy journey, we were warmly welcomed by our community with a traditional Tikka and garland. Surrounded by the Himalayas and nestled in the rice paddies we were keen to meet our host families. They are the members of two family villages, which were badly effected by the 2015 earthquake. Our team made up of 7 UK and 5 Nepali volunteers will be working with the community to improve water, sanitation and hygiene over the next 10 weeks.February 20, 2018
After the Makwanpur teams reached their placements, Gorkha UKVs flied in to Kathmandu. The next day, was the recovery day when they explored the streets of Patan with their training teams and enjoyed a day out. The Nepali volunteers gathered in the country office on third day and were welcomed in the training center by their counterparts. An entire day of trainings and sessions followed. Still energetic, the volunteers enjoyed the evening with dances and songs. The team allocation was done on 10th February and the training venue was filled with excitement of finding their team leaders and taking group pictures. As they deployed to Gorkha today, we expect a successful project from all the teams and hope that they make a family out of their community.
Today, Makwanpur team woke up before the dawn They were excited to be in their buses and embark on a journey that they will remember for the rest of their lives. For four days since their arrival, they were trained and facilitated in subjects regarding safety, health, hygiene and culture. Most importantly, they were introduced to the villages and projects. Both Nepali and UK volunteers have been intensively learning about their project goals, expectations and strengths.February 7, 2018
Raleigh ICS has been working in Nepal for the last two years. For this spring cycle, eight teams of national and international volunteers will be working in Livelihoods and WASH projects in Makwanpur and Gorkha respectively. This week, the team leaders are planning the projects in their villages and getting acquainted with the project so that, they can facilitate the volunteers for an impactful journey.
The team leaders have been training for the last two weeks and they are now ready to run the projects. The induction for Makwanpur Team (Livelihoods Project) will start from 4th February and that for Gorkha Team (WASH Project) will start from 9th February. Here are the November Charlie teams of the leaders who will be running the show this cycle:
We often choose to forget the struggles we face during our journeys once we have reached our destination because those struggles remind us how feeble we were at that point and how we were close to breaking down or broken down already in pieces we would never imagine we had. We often only remember the triumphs we had after we overcame them. The rush of endorphin, dopamine and serotonin climb up making us feel like we are invincible superheroes. However, imagine a world where superheroes were just superheroes who won their battles and had no stories of loss or failure. Imagine a world where they were only triumphant and successful. Imagine a world without the downfalls and dilemma. What kind of world would be built if struggles were entrapped, encaged and thrown in the attic as useless piece of machinery? Would we still be left behind with same joy of success? Most probably not. And ICS experience comes along with the struggles that put you into strangest situations: situations that you never thought you would come across in life.January 31, 2018
We were told that there were stages to become a team. Sitting in a circle outside the community hall I looked at the strangers around me on the first morning meeting of being in Golping. The team leaders initiated our first attempt to form our team by creating a ‘shield’ to illustrate our past, present and future. Already my mind exploded, and legs weakened to the point where I couldn’t focus. This approach to forming was consequently unsuccessful as several people refused to cooperate and it was all down to us now. Getting to know each other was forcefully a rapid process as our work needed to start and in order to do this we needed effective teamwork.December 28, 2017
It is 10 AM, on a dusky Thursday morning here in Hukka Baan, the Gorkha region of Nepal. I’m sat on the front porch of my house, writing in my notebook, as my Aama stands behind me, stewing up a dish of lentil dahl.December 19, 2017
Post mid-phase review gave us a prime opportunity to make considerable progress with building poly tunnels for the relevant Income Generating Activities (IGA) beneficiaries of Adamar. Each construction provided its own unique set of dilemmas. This ranged from painstakingly excavating boulders from the poly tunnel sites, to sourcing/cutting perfectly sized bamboo and logs. So far, we have completed 4 out of the 5 poly tunnels. This arduous process has taught us to wear our blistered hands and sun burnt necks with pride.December 18, 2017