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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

Since beginning work in 2015, Raleigh volunteers in Nepal have been working in communities across Gorkha and Makwanpur on projects contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. But from now until April, a new team of amazing volunteers are taking the helm. Arm in arm with project partners and communities, these are the volunteers who will be leading projects over the next few months.

January 30, 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

Awareness raising is a two-way street, fostering communication and information exchange in order to improve mutual understanding as well as mobilising communities and the whole of society to bring about the necessary change in attitude and behaviour. In the community of Hukka Baan, we carried out diverse types of awareness programmes, such as hand washing, waste management and menstrual hygiene. As part of this, we organized a session in school on the occasion of Global hand washing day.

December 18, 2017

“I can put myself out of my comfort zone if I know it’s going to make a difference to somebody else.”

- Bethany Love, sponsored volunteer on expedition 17O. Beth’s sponsor is CatZero, a not-for-profit organisation which has expert staff delivering projects for young people and older long term unemployed people. It is an award winning registered charity specifically designed to meet the holistic needs of young people, people with additional support needs and their families.

Words by Beth.

Images are a mix of Beth’s own, some by her friends and some by expedition 17O photographer Jakes Rowles.

December 17, 2017

In the hilly communities of Gorkha, access to water, sanitation and hygiene is very poor. Most people practice open defecation and are unaware of basic hygiene practices. Women and children spend 1-3 hours a day collecting water, which restricts access to education, pursuit of economic gains, and social activities. Raleigh is committed to improving awareness-raising, training and construction projects. Thanks to the continued support of BNP Paribas Suisse (SA), Raleigh expedition 17O have been working in partnership with three communities in Gorkha to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene facility of community members there.

Ambika Kunwar’s story is typical of the people we have been working with from these communities.

Images by expedition 17O photographer Jake Rowles.

Interview and case study by expedition 17O communications officer Rebbie Webb.

December 15, 2017

Words by Emma, US volunteer on expedition 17O.

As a seven-week volunteer Emma is living in Gairi Gaun in Gorkha for three weeks while on the third phase.

In her blog post Emma reflects on an awareness raising session delivered by her team at the local school. Volunteers are focussing on strengthening the resilience of these communities by helping them prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.

Images by expedition 17O photographer Jake Rowles.

December 13, 2017