The pick this week comes from the Columbus Dispatch, which featured ethnic Nepalese refugees and their adjustment to Ohio.
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The pick this week is nothing to be proud of: a video of Nepalese politicians brawling. The country has been without a constitution since 2006, and the latest deadline for producing a draft is Thursday. Some Maoists objected vigorously to the latest draft, resulting in the events in the video above.
Weena Pun of the Kathmandu Post published an expose of fake orphanages in Kathmandu which exploit children to draw in foreign tourists and their money. It is a reminder that volun-tourism may not always be in the best interest of the local people.
In just about six weeks, the National Peace Corps Association will be hosting its 11th annual Day of Action. Those of you close to Washington are invited to attend meetings in congressional offices. Those farther away could host your own Day of Action activities in support of Peace Corps. For more information, contact email@example.com
A recent kerfuffle between the British ambassador and the government of Nepal highlights the sensitive nature of the issues of religious conversion and religious freedom in Nepal. This article in the New York Times lends some context to the issue; although it is about India, many of the issues are the same in Nepal.
The December 2014 Friends of Nepal newsletter is available here. In it, we have a letter from current country director Nelson Chase, thoughts on COS’ing from a newly Returned PCV, and a profile of John Skow, N-28, a founder of the Himalayan Rescue Association.
Pete Pattison of Al Jazeera America took an in-depth look at the dangers facing Nepali migrant workers. Read the article here.
The most recent posting on the blog What Has Good is a beautifully written essay from a young Sherpa woman describing what it really feels like to come from a climbing community. The blogpost is titled Three Springs. It’s long, but worth reading. Read it here.