A reason to celebrate

I have written before about the impressive young people of Nepal who, despite the challenging circumstances with which they must live their lives, their hearts are brimming with kindness and love for their communities.  You can read that earlier post here.

No exception are Shree and his brother Dhital in Phoolbari village in the Kavrepalanchok District who tirelessly work to improve the lives of their neighbours, using their engineering skills to devise rainwater harvesting ponds suitable to the mountainous region of their village, encourage organic farming to ensure a sustainable food source and are currently in the process of rebuilding the Farm Homestay that will open within a month, ready to receive students from Washington State, US.  More about that later.

Family photo of Shree, his wife Angella and recently turned 1-year old daughter the beautiful Sanskriti. Photo Credit: Shree Krishna Dhital

Family photo of Shree, his wife Angella and recently turned 1-year old daughter the beautiful Sanskriti. Photo Credit: Shree Krishna Dhital

Shree and Dhital have a long-time partnership with Patricia Butchart and her colleagues at the Rotary Club of Gananoque, ON Canada who have generously funded the brothers’ education.  Shree is currently doing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Dhital is in his final year of Environmental Engineering.  Smart young men!

An idea was sparked in 2014 to develop a skills training course for women in the Patlekhet VDC (village development committee) in tailoring and after last year’s earthquakes, the need for the village to generate a sustainable income was even greater now that a rebuild of many of the villages homes needed to happen.  The Rotary Club of Gananoque provided six sewing machines plus the funds to develop and deliver the training course.  A total of 16 women successfully completed the “Basic Skills” training course in 2015 and their businesses were certified as a cottage industry.  Happily, the Government of Nepal provided each of the 16 women with a sewing machine of their own to make their business that much more viable and allow the women to generate an income, contributing to their household and making them that little bit more independent.

After last year’s success, an advanced skills training course was delivered in 2016 in partnership with the Shree Kalidevi Woman Development Multipurpose Cooperative Ltd., and the Rotary Club of Gananoque who donated a further 12 sewing machines.  The focus for this advanced skills training was ‘Train the Trainer’ where each of the women would return to their respective villages, and train other women in the art of tailoring.

The graduates of the Advanced Skills course. Photo Credit: Shree Krishna Dhital

The graduates of the Advanced Skills course. Photo Credit: Shree Krishna Dhital

Miss Anita Tamang trained 7 more ladies from her village who graduated last Saturday in a small ceremony organized by the Shree Kalidevi Woman Development Multipurpose Cooperative Ltd.

A proud andn happy group celebrating the presentation of completion certificates. Photo Credit: Shree Krishna Dhital

A proud and happy group celebrating the presentation of completion certificates. Photo Credit: Shree Krishna Dhital

Now that is what I call a worthwhile project.  Congratulations to all concerned!

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About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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