Following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, our projects adjusted focus to provide disaster relief to those in need. In conjunction with our partners, trucks of supplies and family care packages were taken to some of the most affected areas. Now our projects are focused on initiatives within our local communities, who have needs around education and improving educational facilities. Our women's empowerment project will be focused on providing relief efforts and supporting women in the local community.
Nepal is one of the world’s least developed countries and, as a result, experiences high rates of poverty. Coupled with the gender discrimination Nepali women experience as a result of their culture, this has left them in critical circumstances, with one in every 24 Nepali women dying during pregnancy or childbirth and only 44.5% of literate females. GVI believes in turning these statistics around and providing equal opportunities through our various women empowerment initiatives. Volunteers on this project have the chance to help us achieve these goals in the following ways:
How this project makes a difference
- Providing access to education on literacy, rights and life skills
- Hosting alternative income generation skills workshops
- Educating Nepali women on various health topics and prenatal care
- Providing additional educational support to young girls in local schools
Through the various facets that this project focuses on, GVI is able to turn the tables on gender discrimination and highlight how gender parity is key to Nepal’s economic and social prosperity. By educating local women on family health, we can reduce infant and child mortality rates, thus creating healthier families and generations. By giving women access to the same local resources as men such as an education, we can help more kids stay in school, thereby increasing the income threshold of that household, break the poverty cycle and help women become more financially independent.
*There are many religious and cultural festivals throughout the year in Nepal, as well as school holidays and exam periods. During these periods we may run activities and programmes that are slightly different to our regular programmes. Its possible that during these periods you might support the running of 'Holiday Programmes" for children in local communities, create lesson plans and resources to support our work, facilitate adult training programmes related to a range of issues or help out with some construction or maintenance work to improve educational facilities. Where possible we would also like you to enjoy the festivities and engage with our partners in the community to share these experiences. There may be times when we are able to enjoy the celebrations, food and traditions that Nepal has to offer.
Nepal's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Nepal:
- Support students to reach learning goals appropriate to their Age (under 5s) Grade level (5-18 year olds) or Individual Need (students with Special Needs)
- Increase the knowedge and understanding of Healthcare in the community with an emphasis on prevention
- Increase the exposure of books and reading as a means of developing a broader English vocabulary
- Develop the skills of women in the community in order to improve their potential to generate income or to become more self sufficient
- Improve facilities to support learning goals
- Support the local community with improved facilities
- Reduce the amount of litter in the environment with a focus on recycling