A long-time international aid worker has written a very insightful piece about the dangers of the “big project” in development. He argues for small, tailored projects, much like the ones Peace Corps is best at! Read it here.
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This week we have a disturbing story about the effects of black market organ sales in one Nepali village.
The New York Times published a fascinating, in-depth article on a homegrown Nepalese NGO which helps poor-but-promising young people continue their education. Worth a read!
The deadline is approaching on November 24th to submit nominations for the 2015 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding leader who grew up and continues to live in a country where the Peace Corps has served. A Nepali has never won the award, despite the amazing work done by so many Nepali people. For more information on the award, and to submit nominations, please visit http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/about/
Is there a Nepal PCV who hasn’t gone trekking in Nepal? The land is so beautiful and trekking is so easy—a warm, friendly tea house every few miles—that it is easy to forget that mountains are wild and dangerous places. The morning of October 15th dawned clear and beautiful, but within a few hours a violent snowstorm had blown in, dumping 6 feet of snow in 12 hours. Dozens of trekkers were taken unawares and found themselves trapped on the mountain along with their guides and porters. Forty-three people, about half of them Nepalese, are reported dead in what became the worst trekking disaster in Nepali history. For more on this tragedy, see here and here.
The current newsletter is available here! Inside, you can read about Terry Bech’s (Nepal-IV) contribution to Nepali music, a review of Rajeev Goyal’s (N-193) memoirThe Springs of Namje and tributes to the late Indra Vikas Akela, among others.
Nepal’s Ambassador to the United States, Shankar Sharma, and RPCV Rajeev Goyal (N-193), will be speaking at a Nepal-America Society meeting in Annandale, Virgina on April 27. Goyal will be talking about his 2012 book about his Peace Corps service, The Springs of Namje. The following announcement comes from the America-Nepal Society.
America Nepal Society, one of the oldest organizations in the USA announces a Book talk program on “The Springs of Namje” authored by Peace Corps Volunteer Mr. Rajeev Goyal. The author himself will be present to speak about the book. The discussion on projects Mr. Goyal is working in Dhankuta and Morang Districts of Nepal is the other attraction of the program. This is a Peace Corps Volunteer’s inspirational story about the power of small change. All community members are kindly requested to participate in the program. ANS has been conducting a number of such activities. This is also one of them.
Date: April 27, 2013
Venue: George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turn Pike, Annandale, VA,
Program Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Chief Guest: Dr. Shankar Sharma, Nepalese Ambassador to the United States of America
Shankar Sharma, Ambassador of Nepal to the United States has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii. He was Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Nepal from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Sharma also worked as a consultant to the Constitution Committee on “Distribution of Natural Resources, Economic Rights and Public Revenue” in helping to draft the new Constitution of Nepal.
Peace Corps Volunteer Mr. Rajeev Goyal
Author of “The Springs of Namje: A Ten-Year Journey from the Villages of Nepal to the Halls of Congress,” Rajeev Goyal is a lawyer, activist, rural development worker, and former Peace Corps volunteer. Since 2008 he’s served as the national coordinator of the Push for Peace Corps campaign. Goyal partners with environmentalists, designers, and farmers to develop new sustainability initiatives and has worked with the UN Office for Human Rights in Kathmandu.