Peace Corps Connect is the Peace Corps community’s annual conference hosted by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and its affiliate groups to connect, advocate and impact. This year, it will be held in Washington, DC on September 21 to 25. The featured speaker is Nobel Laureate and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Registration is still open here!
Around the anniversary of the earthquake, the Nepali Times ran an interesting opinion piece regarding what Nepalis learned from the quake. It’s worth a read.
Charity Navigator has put together a useful report on which charities responded to the April 2015 earthquake and how. Friends of Nepal was not asked for our information, but you can see what other charities have been doing here.
The good news is that the Nepali government has finally agreed to send 200,000 Rs per family to help rebuild homes lost in the quake. The bad news is that it’s already more than a year after the quake, and it’s still only a promise. Read more about the rebuilding effort here.
I thought it was plastic, the first time someone gave me chhurpi, the hard, non-perishable cheese that people in the hills chewed for days on end. Now, three Nepali entrepreneurs have started a business making dog chews from chhurpi. Watch a snippet of their appearance on Shark Tank here.
Twenty-four Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in on June 10th to start their two years’ service. They will be posted to five districts in western Nepal. More info here. Welcome to our newest volunteers!
A website and app for Nepali newlyweds with information about contraception and sexual health smuggled in amongst more banal information about bridal wear and catering was launched in April. The website was the brainchild of Marie Stopes International, a family planning organization.
Friends of Nepal is accepting nominations for all board positions through February 6, 2016. One must be a member of FON to make a nomination, and also must be a member to be placed on the ballot. A member is defined as any individual who is a dues paying member. If you have made a donation within the past year of $15 or more your membership is considered active. Current nominees are listed here.
The following positions are open for nomination, each for a 2-year term: President, Treasurer, Secretary and five at-large positions. Each board member has a role, based on the board’s current needs and the skillsets of those elected. The board sets organizational policy and vision, and plays an active role in fundraising, grants management and communication with our membership. The time commitment ranges from approximately 1-5 hours per month and the board is encouraging nominations to bring new ideas and energy.
To make a nomination, please submit the following information to Tamara at email@example.com. Self-nomination is acceptable.
- Your name
- Name of the person you are nominating
- Position you are nominating for
Voting will take place electronically between February 8 and February 15.
RPCV Rajeev Goyal (N-193) has launched a kickstarter to fund a biodiversity project in Nepal. He is aiming to raise $100,000 to fund KTK-BELT (www.belt-project.org). They have 27 days left to raise the amount, and if they don’t make it, all funds will be returned to the donors. Rajeev has been deeply involved in development projects in Nepal since he COS’d in 2003. Click here for more information and to donate.