The beginning of an ending

20th August 2017

Villages listen intently to off-season vegetable training

Following the training our team conducted a youth group session on business skills. This particular meeting encouraged the local youth to think about and debate the topics of the characteristics of a good business person, and a discussion on working at home in Nepal or becoming an economic migrant (a significant choice in the lives of numerous young Nepalis, many of whom will work abroad in countries such as Malaysia and Saudi Arabia). Towards the end, there was a speech by Rohit, a former Raleigh volunteer and now resident butcher of Dumrekuna, on livelihood diversification. The day concluded with a game of cricket, surprisingly not affected by monsoon rains.

The next day, November Charlie 6 were afforded the morning off to enjoy the confluence of three festivals, Rakshya Bandhan, Janai Purnima, and Naag Panchami, with our host families. The festivities included eating a delicious five-bean daal, called Qwati, the changing of a symbolic religious sash of string, Janai, the gifting of a bracelet to brothers and the washing of wells (because the snakes are away worshipping their ancestors).

Sandeep and Richie’s costumes for phase review, Makai Man and Hay Girl

The next morning the bus took us rattling and vibrating into Hetauda, like Tom Hanks’ and Kevin Bacon’s descent to Earth in Apollo 13. The arrival at phase review and the reunion with our November Charlie comrades, however, was a joyous occasion overflowing with personal experiences, presentations, performances, poppadoms and the religious experiences of air conditioned en-suite rooms and coffee.

All in all, phase review was a useful pit-stop on our way to the fast approaching finish line of our time in Nepal. Numerous ideas were gained from discussions with other November Charlie groups; a personal favorite being ‘come dine with me’ where volunteers swap host homes for dinner, facilitating integration with local notables. Phase review provided the opportunity to discuss group dynamics, challenges and targets for the final phase.

Feeling refreshed and reinvigorated, we trekked some 12km back to Dumrekuna taking in the sights, tea and doughnuts along the way. Having returned to village life we eagerly awaited the results of the community meeting with RADO (our project partner) and the local ward, on the allocation of the income-generating activity funding. The results led to 5 poly tunnels, 6 chicken farms and 6 cowsheds, giving us ample work to continue for our remaining time in Dumrekuna.


Written By Harry

November Charlie 6

Dumrekuna, Makwanpur

Youth Economic Empowerment Nepal