Nepal, situated along the highest peaks of the Himalayas, is a land of incredible scenery, spiritual temples and some of the best trekking routes in the world. Not surprisingly is known as a trekker's paradise.
Why do we like Nepal?
Because it allows us to practice adventure sports in some of the most wonderful landscapes in the world: trekking in the mountains, rafting on turbulent rivers, bungee jumping in the Himalayan gorge, and so on. Because Kathmandu blends its bustling modern life with the peace of its medieval temples. And, above all, because to the west lies one of the best-kept jewels of Tibetan culture: the upper Dolpo. This is a region of Tibetan culture where small villages live without WIFI, roads, telephones or money, preserving their ancestral culture over the centuries.
Why is there a need to promote organic agriculture in Nepal?
Agriculture remains the main economic activity in Nepal; it employs 80% of the population and provides 37% of GDP. Most agriculture is subsistence farming due to the small size of plots. Productivity is very low.
Farmers in rural Nepal suffer from the effects of pesticides, deforestation and monocultures. Landslides are frequent and the soil is impoverished. The effects of climate change could be devastating for thousands of people.
In Pokhara, we collaborate with a farm which aims to produce food organically, implement a renewable energy system and use resources in an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable way. It also aims to educate local families so that more farmers produce organic sustainable crops.
What happens to young people in the Dolpo region?
When they finish primary school, they cannot continue their studies because there is no secondary school in their village. Komang is one of the most isolated villages in the world. From here, the only way to reach Kathmandu is to trek through the mountains for 15 days. They live without WIFI, telephone or money. They have a small primary school, but when they finish it, the young people have to stop their studies.
Our NGOs in Kathmandu provides a home and covers transport and education for the young people of Komang. At the centre, staff and children become one big family. The culture shock of the children is very high, as they go from living in a remote village to living in the capital. The volunteers help them with their studies and their integration into their new life.
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