The Raleigh Nepal Society recently came together to complete their third ‘Hike to Learn’ event in the stunning Kathmandu Valley. On the group mountain hike, Raleigh alumni built their skills, shared their ideas on how to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and most importantly, had fun!June 22, 2018
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Namaste! As we prepare to deliver the next phase of our development work in Nepal, we welcome the advance volunteer managers who will be joining forces with our team of dedicated Raleigh Nepal staff based in Kathmandu.
The managers, many of whom are Raleigh International alumni, will be supporting the planning and delivery of our five, seven and ten-week Expeditions. Their roles are crucial to ensuring young volunteers can work alongside rural communities and local partners to improve community resilience.
Whilst making sure that everything runs smoothly on Expedition requires talented individuals with specialist operational, medical and communication skills, the ability to work together is paramount. The newly formed team started their journey together by exploring the backstreets of Thamel, Kathmandu, sampling local delicacies from street stalls whilst sharing stories over a cup of chiyaa. Let’s meet the team:
The Advance Team have all arrived and are settling in well at the Raleigh Fieldbase in Turrialba, Costa Rica. They are busy familiarising themselves with their roles and helping prepare for the arrival of our volunteers. The team comprises of the Deputy Operations Managers, Logistics Team, Fieldbase Medic and Communications Officer. Let's meet the advance team who will be helping deliver the summer expedition.
El Equipo de apoyo ha llegado y se está acomodando en el centro de entrenamiento de Raleigh en Turrialba, Costa Rica. El grupo está ocupado familiarizándose con sus roles y ayudando a prepararse para la llegada de nuestros voluntarios. El equipo está compuesto por los subgerentes de operaciones, el equipo de logística, equipo médico y el oficial de comunicaciones. Conozcamos al equipo avanzado que ayudará a entregar la expedición de verano.
The Advance team have assembled at Raleigh Borneo’s fieldbase from all four corners of the globe to assist with the final expedition taking place in Borneo. The team, all specialists in their respective fields, consists of the Deputy Operations Management team, Logistics team, Medic, Communications team and Administration.June 15, 2018
There is a story to everyone. In Raleigh International Nepal Country Office, among the hubbub of daily comms rotations, morning meetings, busy work hours, and lunch hours, there is barely any time to listen to stories. We prioritize volunteers and team leaders, who toil day and night in the rural communities of Gorkha and Makwanpur, always motivated to bring change in the society and in themselves. We are proud to be their stepping stone where they learn copious amount of lessons in a short duration of three months and instigate a wonderful journey towards their dreams and goals. However, this time we are determined to bring out the stories of people who work behind the scenes. This post is about our Country Program Manager Sudhir Malla, who started out as a volunteer and raised himself to this position with continuous determination and patience, most importantly passion.June 12, 2018
Since plummeting onto the runway in Kathmandu my concept of ‘Comfort Zones’ has entirely evaporated out of use. But this has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It will not do to spend one’s life confined to rituals and routines week after week. From arriving here, I have not had a minute to myself. I have been spending every aspect of my life; eating, working and sleeping alongside people I’ve only known for a couple of days. Although this can be scary it is a big reward to be able to make firm friends this quickly.June 11, 2018
An early start on our first working day of our second week marked the first venture of Solithum’s newly founded Water Users Committee. We hiked up to the village water source to find a diverse group of community members enthusiastic to start work on their new water scheme. Our role in this consisted of forming a “human chain” with the community members to transport building materials, such as sand and pebbles required to build an intake tank and a water reservoir.June 11, 2018
Menstruation is often considered a taboo subject in rural Tanzania. This prevents open discussion about it, even between females. Girls can feel scared and isolated, often fearing they are ill or dying. Outdated myths are common in these communities, like the myth that if girls walk past men whilst menstruating they can get pregnant, or that their menstrual stomach cramps will stop if they get married or pregnant. Young girls hide their periods from male family members and most mothers feel uncomfortable discussing the subject, because of their lack of education on the normality of menstruation.May 28, 2018
It’s International Day of Biological Diversity – a day to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues. Sabah is home to some of the greatest biodiversity and ecosystems in the world. The heart of Borneo alone has 10 times the biodiversity of the Netherlands, with three new species being discovered every month.
Parallel to the issues being faced around the world, areas of land across Sabah are under an ever-increasing threat from human activities such as logging and poaching. For over 30 years, Raleigh Borneo has been working with a variety of conservation areas across Sabah to help protect and restore areas of land. Raleigh Borneo returned to Danum Valley Conservation Area in 2017 to continue to support their environmental efforts.
Krishna Bahadur is the village respondent and head of the Water Users Committee in Sau Gaun, a village of 17 households and a population of 80. He was born in Kathmandu, Thamel, despite his family being from Sau Gaun. He moved to his village (Sau Gaun) at the age of 3 and started his education locally, moving between five different schools before studying at college and university in Kathmandu, where he studied hotel management. He went on to work in hotels for four years, in roles such as waiter and management. Hhis ability to speak English greatly improved due to the large tourist customer base. From his acquired skills he decided to open his own hotel (called Hotel Garden), running successfully for three years until he had to close because of lack of business.May 22, 2018