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One of the Game Stalls


 

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Community Hall

Many villages in Nepal are facing crippling water shortages owing to poor care of the soil and forest. Agriculture and cattle rearing, backbone of the local economy, is adversely affected and people are forced to move out in search of work. Post-earthquake relief of April 2015, our attention was drawn to one such village. We were seriously looking at tangible ways to bring ‘life’ back to the village. We envisioned for a community building that can serve as an emergency shelter (as was with the earthquake) and rain water harvesting as well.

A community-level multipurpose hall has been completed at Nawalpur Village of Okhaldhunga District in the Everest Zone. Its’ key features are:

  • strong foundation, concrete used for strength
  •  used rock and clay, locally available, for the strength and stability of the walls
  • 50 feet by 20 feet hall, space enough for various activities and meetings
  • double sloped tin roof and gutters, to gather rain water and channel into the ‘rain water harvesting’ pond

While the community hall and its essentials are complete, we are now in the process of building water storage to hold at least 60 kiloliters of rain water. The ‘communal’ water can be used for agricultural purposes, basic hygiene and even for small-scale farming as

  • ·           honey bee cultivation
  • ·          kitchen farming
  • ·          tree plantation (possibly as cash crop)
  • ·          reforestation

   

We heartily hope projects like this will be a blue-print for future such projects to lift up the livelihood and economy of the local villagers.

The water shortage in the village has also affected the sanitation standard of a local government school in the same village. Thus, we aim to replicate the project in similar way – use the building for rain water collection and build a sturdy storage for the monsoon rains. During the dry seasons, this water can be used for cleanliness and hygiene for hundreds of students in that parched land!

 

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  • "These past 11 days, I have the privilege of living with James and Apsara and helping with his projects. This experience was priceless and taught me so much. I feel that these 11 days I learned and gained more than could be gained over years time, and more than money can buy in Japan. Most importantly, I’m thankful that I was able to meet and spend time getting to know James Luitel--a man who is living his mission wholeheartedly. Each and every word he speaks is so deep. I learn things on a different level when he says things, even things that I thought I knew. It’s like he communicates with his life and sample; it’s not just head knowledge. These are experiences that I couldn’t have gained had I not come here. James, thank you for letting me be a part of this. -Shinichi Miyazaki (32, from Japan)"
  • Shinichi Miyazaki

  • "I have come to stay at James' place for 11 days with other five Japanese friends. And it was my first volunteer trip and at first I felt a bit uncomfortable about the weather and traffic situation. But things started to get better when we went to help out in the library which James is now helping to build. We met some really sweet kids there whom are students in the school. They all had beautiful eyes and lovely smiles. They were all eager to get acquaintance with new friends so they would gather around us asking simple English questions, such as what is your name? Where do you come from, etc. Even though most of them can only make short English sentences, their eagerness in communication were expressed through their repeating the same question to different members of our teams or repeating it to the same member once after a while. Not only they hang around out of curiosity or friendliness, they were also passionate and good helpers. There is this girl named Sahbida, age 11, whose house is the closest to the school. She was very dedicated and able to help out on the painting job. Because the doors and windows we were trying to repaint were really old ones, so there were spider webs and cocoons of various kinds stuck on the corners of them. When we caught sight of one of those and let out a suppressed sound of scream, she would rush forward and grab a broom and brushed them all away for us. We were all so touched by that action of protection and courage. When we mumbled our thanks out of embarrassment, she smiled back and said, "You me friends". There are so many details about the kids that we were honored to work with for just two brief days. Some of whom we could hardly remember their names. And when I think about the possibility that I might not be able to meet them again, my heart aches so much. I do miss them and I pray for them all to be able to live their life to the fullest. The kids in James' house are amazing too. Even though we just spent a night along with half a day together, I think we really have established somewhat of a connection. Sojan is smart and quick in reaction. He remembered a couple of Japanese sentences fast and within two hours he could even count to one hundred in Japanese. And he also is my very first, patient and good Nepali teacher. Sadin is the one with the brightest smile. His big bright eyes are enough to make him seem really happy even when he is actually not smiling. Sunil is very active and sincere. He is also willing to try new things. He got really excited to get to know Shinichi san, the only guy on our team, and soon they became as close as brothers. Krishna seems to me the one who does more than talks. He is more of a supporter kind of person than a leader. But I can sense that he is a trustworthy and highly reliable boy. Dhiren is the cutest among boys :) Always keeping silent, always pondering…. well, ok, maybe I don't really know about him. Nisha is the only girl and nobody would doubt about her elegance and beauty even in such a young age. She was not feeling well the night when we met and in the following morning she spent most of the time walking hand in hand with one of our youngest (and certainly the prettiest) member, Maria. Their very presence brightened up our day at the zoo :) So many recounts about the kids. I just wanna say that I really like them and look forward to meeting them all sometime in the future. And I hope I can do what I can to help them in their education as well."
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