Expedition projects: what is our focus?

24th March 2016

Our Expeditions in Nepal will focus on making communities more resilient. The word ‘resilient’ is a word we use a lot here at Raleigh. It simply means being able to withstand difficult conditions, and being able to respond to unforeseen stress and challenges. In terms of remote communities, the ‘difficult conditions’ they face are social, economic and environmental. We aim to bring communities together with young people to plan and address these challenges.

In April 2015, Nepal was victim of an environmental catastrophe in the form of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake.  It was devastating.  In a matter of minutes, thousands of buildings were flattened.  A year on there is still a lot to work to do.  But progress has been made and we remain optimistic about the future.  We will use our thirty years of expertise to play a part in the redevelopment process.

Raleigh staff trekking through a communtiy that was damaged by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015
Raleigh staff trekking amongst the rubble last December.

Raleigh volunteers will work on projects that will help communities to:

  • Gain access to education
  • Gain access to health services and information
  • Develop capabilities, skills and knowledge to be adaptable, creative problem solvers
  • Foster and build networks in communities that provide skill sharing and support to further develop capabilities, civic participation, and a sense of community
  • Prepare and plan measures to cope with or prevent potential environmental problems relating to climate change

Achieving these outcomes will take time.  Sustainable development does not happen overnight.  Although we are positive, we remain realistic.  It’s small, frequent actions that make the largest impact.  This is the approach we are taking to Nepal.  Brick by brick, step by step, volunteer after volunteer.

As Confucius famously said:


“the man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”.


Young people from around the world will be at the heart of this work.  Raleigh volunteers will work side by side with local governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and community members – all working collectively to achieve the same objectives.  Everyone will have an important role to play.  When people from different ethnicities, ages and backgrounds work together it is powerful.  It promotes inclusivity, and cross cultural learning.  It will also encourage Global Citizenship.  Young people will feel empowered to return to their home communities to raise awareness of important global issues.  And to use the lessons they learn from cross-cultural working in their everyday lives.



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