Past Projects

Project Namaste II
 
 

 

WHEN

December 2007

 

WHERE

Harissidhi Primary School
Armala VDC - Ward 3, Haripau

Kaski District 

Gandaki Zone, Nepal

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Pokhara Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI)

Manaiya Srot Bikas Kendra Nepal (MSBK)

Room To Read 

WHAT WE DID 

Proceeds from Namaste II’s fundraising were directed to the construction of a separate library wing, painting the library and the school building. Much effort was put into creating a fancy artwork of rainbows, forests, and animals to create an exciting environment for the kids to look forward to coming to school.

 

We also collected clothing, educational books and toys to bring to the children in Nepal. The books and games were a welcome addition to the children’s library.

In addition to teaching the children, we worked with the PCCI to construct mud stoves for the 42 houses. The stoves are not only a healthier alternative as less smoke is produced, they also reduce the need for firewood by 60%, freeing up more time for the villagers to spend on other activities, such as that of farming or going to school.

 

The documentary team produced the video documentary “Nepal Ramro Cha” (Nepal is Beautiful) which depicted the lack of employment opportunities in Nepal. We were honored to be able to hold a photo exhibition and video screening at the National Library in June 2009.

Click here to view our documentary now.

REFLECTIONS 

Tan Zhen Ling
Project Namaste II

Project Namaste II has indeed been a very enriching and meaningful experience for me. Besides allowing me to step out of my comfort zone, it has also taught me numerous invaluable lessons that one can only gain through the interactions with the villagers there.

 

I went to Nepal with the mindset that I would be the one teaching and educating the people there, but it turned out that I learnt from them instead. They taught me how to be satisfied with whatever I have, how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, how one can live contentedly even in poverty, how to overcome challenges and obstacles with determination and willpower. They have also shown me how insignificant our material possessions are when compared to the intangibles like love, friendships and harmony, and how it is still possible to lead such a fulfilling life even with so many deprivations.

 

We have taken electric lights and water for granted for the longest time, yet in Nepal, frequent power failures are norms. Till the day we experience life without such luxuries, do we then don’t understand how fortunate we really are.

 

Anil Gurung
Project Namaste I
Co-Leader, Namaste II 

Anil Gurung
Project Namaste I
Leader, Namaste II

It is a privilege for me to be part of Project Namaste for the second time; and to have led the team with Jason and Naresh added a whole new dimension to the Namaste experience. The outcome of the project far exceeded our expectations and we have our dependable and efficient team to thank for that. On a personal level, being a Nepali myself, there is nothing more fulfilling than being able to give back wholeheartedly to my community. Here’s wishing Project Namaste III a grand success.

 

GO NAMASTE!

Quek Shei Ting
Project Namaste II

Spending nearly three weeks up on a hill with the cold winds howling at night and armed withonly the bare essentials, I am proud to have pulled through. The ubiquitous comforts of life that I took for granted at home could only be fully appreciated when I was stripped of it.

 

Back in Nepal, the toilets were merely holes in the ground – one even had to carry his/ her own supply of paper and refrain from throwing it into the toilet. Filling up a bucket of water for manual flush purposes was a must and sooner or later became a natural reflex.

 

The villages were extremely generous and never hesitated to provide us with whatever we need; the villagers happily allowed us full access to their lavatories. I remember vividly how the children would run up to me after class and offer me homemade popcorn which they had hid so precariously in their pockets. At times, they would also offer me wild berries picked from the hills. However, the children were not the only ones who knew how to give. In fact, during my stay at one of the villagers’ home, I was treated like royalty – this was in spite of all their evident disadvantages.

 

All in all, I learnt to appreciate what I have and am confident to say that I have become a hardier person with humility.