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In Bhalu Khola we have been busy undertaking various activities to deepen our understanding of the village, the community and the current needs though baseline surveys and focus groups. Additionally, we have taken time to expand our minds and souls, exchanging skills in the group with music lessons and an introduction to International Relations.

April 4, 2016

The last few weeks have seen November Charlie 4 in Kiteni utilise the empty classrooms at the local school for daily English lessons. 30 local children signed up to spend 6 mornings a week of their school holidays learning English with us. Some children even raveled from a nearby settlement Yangrang to study with us, a 2 hour walk!

April 3, 2016

The best thing about this experience is the fantastic opportunity to live with host families and meet the local community; including our project partner with whom Raleigh will be working for the next three years. The Rural Awareness Development Organisation (RADO) has been working in Makwanpur district for a while on various projects and the gregarious founder of the organisation Krishna, pictured above, continues with unwavering enthusiasm.

April 1, 2016

After porridge was added to the steaming cups of tea, we were finally ready to leave our sleeping village to visit a neighbouring community of Bardeu. Our village leader Babu dai lead us on our way up the mountains, along with our Team Leader Aaron’s dai (host father). They were happy to accompany us, the last they saw of the village was a dust cloud after last year’s devastating earthquake.

March 31, 2016

Arriving in February, we found ourselves stumbling across the hillside path of Nibuwatar, a small village of Makwanpur district. The scope of our work for this, our International Citizenship Service programme with Raleigh International is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Each UK volunteer was paired with their Nepali counterpart and the host homes were allocated. At first, we were just a bunch of enthusiastic people in a beautiful community. We want to now share our understanding of the community and how we have integrating into the village, through the local school.

March 30, 2016

With my host family in the idyllic valley of Bhalu Khola, I take a look at some of the culinary delights keeping myself and my co-volunteers sustained. The food of Nepal is tied inextricably to its diverse inhabitants, a meeting point of the Indo-Aryan people of India and the Mongoloid people of the Himalaya. Furthermore, the topography of Nepal is split into three cultural zones running west to east: the north including the ‘Himal’; the middle hills known as ‘Bhadhad’; and the plains of the ‘Terai’ in the South, together conjuring up eclectic tastes that imbue the vitality of Nepal.

March 29, 2016

Nepal is renowned for various festivals, with more than three hundred festivals celebrated a year. On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of celebrating Holi, the most colourful festival from the Nepalese calendar which welcomes spring & summer. Primarily observed in India and Nepal, the festival of colours, also known as the festival for sharing love, is becoming more widely celebrated by other Hindu communities and increasing further afield. We were all eager to find out more about this day and of course get stuck in to the traditions of getting messy!

March 28, 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.

March 24, 2016

In our community, every day is different so it is hard to determine an ‘average’ day by any means. Here is an outline of what life is like for us in Basuki, and our perspectives from different cultures.

March 24, 2016

Yesterday, Tuesday 22nd March played host to two noteworthy events for us, the Hindu festival of colours, Holi, and World Water Day. November Charlie 1 have been busy instigating a lively debate with some fun-filled frolics thrown in to deliver a positive message.

March 23, 2016