For many young people in Nepal, when they leave school their number one priority is to get a job and make the first steps in new careers. Taking time out to volunteer is not a big part of youth culture, so for Anjeela, a student in Kathmandu, making the leap into volunteering was a step out of the norm. Driven by her passion to help people, Anjeela volunteered on the Raleigh ICS programme last year, and is now one of over 40 amazing Expedition volunteers currently in Gorkha. As she works with her team to improve water scarcity in rural Nepal, Anjeela reflects on what she has learnt through her Raleigh experience and why volunteering is important to her.April 18, 2018
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In rural communities in Nepal, where lifestyles are based around livestock and the everyday custom is to eat with your hands, handwashing is an important way to avoid the spread of germs and keep illnesses at bay. Raleigh volunteers in Shree Krishna Tol recently brought the community together to demonstrate the importance of hand hygiene, highlighting the effectiveness of handwashing in tackling germs and the benefits of water purification.April 16, 2018
Last year in Saya Mure, a problem with unclean pipes resulted in an outbreak of diarrhoea and cholera in the community. Since then, there has been a community drive to improve sanitation and hygiene facilities for everyone living there. Raleigh volunteers are contributing to this effort, working alongside the community to build a number of new hand washing stations, tap stands and toilets which will improve life for families in Saya Mure.April 10, 2018
After 19 days hiking in the Ruby Valley, Raleigh Expedition volunteers have returned from their trek. They climbed over 2900m, passing through rural mountain villages and experiencing some of the most beautiful landscapes in Nepal. Through the highs and lows, the volunteers showed their determination, resilience and grit to complete this challenging trek and develop into strong young leaders. Here are a few pictures from this amazing trek!March 28, 2018
When the earthquake damaged the water source in Benitar three years ago, water access became more difficult for everyone in the community. Gopi is the community leader in Benitar and knows first-hand the difficulties of living with a limited water supply. So for him, the work of Raleigh volunteers in Benitar is a threshold moment. Gopi is sharing the impact that Raleigh’s water project is having across the community, and the difference that this is making to him and his family.March 24, 2018
Chandra Bahadur is a carpenter in Rampur. He also holds one of the most important titles in the community - he is the leader of the Water User Committee. In light of World Water Day, Chandra is sharing how the Water User Committee manages water in his community, and how support from Raleigh volunteers will make water access easier for Rampur in the future.March 22, 2018
Over the next 19 days, our volunteers will be trekking in the Ruby Valley. Sleeping in tents along the way, volunteers will develop their leadership skills in some of Nepal’s most stunning landscapes. Our volunteers have been placed into the new teams for the duration of the trek and will support each other on this new adventure. Meet the new teams as they set off on trek.March 10, 2018
Raleigh's work in Nepal would not be possible without the generosity of the amazing host mothers who open their homes to Raleigh volunteers. Sun Maya is one of these host mothers, and a truly inspirational woman. For International Women's Day, she shared her experience of being an empowered woman in Nepal. From helping to run the community women’s group, to the menstruation taboos and issues of domestic abuse which affect many women, this is Sun Maya's story.March 8, 2018
For women everywhere, managing periods can be difficult at the best of times. In rural communities in Nepal, women do not always have access to sanitary pads and sometimes have to walk long distances to the nearest market to buy them. Even when they do have access to sanitary products, pads are often quite expensive and can put economic strain on women and their families. To mark International Women’s Day, Raleigh volunteers have been running workshops on how to make sustainable sanitary pads out of household cloth, which is helping women in rural communities to have easier periods.March 7, 2018
For people living in the community of Benitar, the water supply is limited and families often need to walk long distances to collect water for daily life. Raleigh volunteers have been working alongside the community to improve water access by providing a tap stand for every household in the community. Starting with a pipeline which will connect to newly built tap stands, volunteers have taken up their shovels and are digging their way towards improving water access in Benitar.March 5, 2018