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$50,000 Raised for Earthquake Victims

It is one week since a devastating 7.8 earthquake hit outside the Kathmandu valley. At this time, there are more than 7000 confirmed deaths and more than 14,000 injured, and the numbers continue to rise. Last week Friends of Nepal sent out an appeal for help for the injured, and hundreds of people from around the

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Pick of the Week: Nepali citizen being tried in Britain

Britain is trying a Nepali citizen for crimes committed in Nepal against Nepali people during the Nepali civil war. I’d be interested in knowing what Nepali people think of this. Is it a violation of Nepali sovereignty, or a good thing that an alleged war criminal is being prosecuted, no matter

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Pick of the Week: Traditional Caravans

The government of Nepal plans to build a road through Humla, making the remote region more accessible and probably promoting development. A good thing, right? Well, yes…although maybe not for everyone. This article describes the unfortunate downside of this road for traditional traders.

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Peace Corps Week: March 1-7

Just a reminder that Peace Corps Week is fast approaching! It’ll be held March 1 through 7, and the theme this year is Host Country Heroes. Who did you know in Nepal who is your hero? Who is doing great work that the world should know about? Post your comments here

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Pick of the Week: Fake Orphanages

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.

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Pick of the week: Nepali kids doing great things

Happy New Year! I have two picks this week, both about Nepali young people. One is the story of a teenage refugee who was selected to help drop the ball in Times Square on New Year’s eve. The other is about young Nepalese making public art in Kathmandu.Both worth reading!

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Pick of the Week: Religious Freedom

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.

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December 2014 Newsletter Now Available!

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.

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