Sunday, October 25, 2015

MY ENGAGEMENT TO MITIGATE LANDSCAPE CHALLENGES

During my schooling days I was member of environment based club called Climate change learning center form where I was opportune to get knowledge about climate change. Now, I am conducting workshops in two different schools near my university to beware the children about the climate crises and ways to mitigate those issues voluntarily on weekly basis. 

Few months back, a catastrophic 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and destroyed thousands of lives and property. After the mayhem, some of the enthusiastic youths like me began a "Donation for Nepal’ campaign, in which we received around US$38,000 in donation. We reached out to 11 villages (1100 households, which had around 5,500 inhabitants) with immediate relief ;non perishable food, first aid, and temporary shelters. We started as Individuals but by the end of the relief work we have established ourselves as an NGO called Pailo Paila, which means "the first step" and I am one of the founding member of this organization. 

Currently, i am working on a WWF project "solid waste management and home gardening at city areas” under the mentorship of Dr. KC Poudel, secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. 

Earthquake destructions are caused due to poor building constructions and neglect of the geography of the residential area. Landscape management is of supreme importance in the reconstruction of Nepal in order to resist future quake catastrophes. I have conducted three days workshop at Sindupalchok district of Nepal, one of the highly earthquake prone area on "Conservation education through life skill activity."

I am also a founder and vice-president of youth organization called youth for agri welfare, we work for the empowerment of youth and children by engaging them to mitigate different aspect of landscape challenges. 


I am a student of agriculture and environment science. I am also a traveller, my frequent travels to various parts of the country have showed me the various ways to solve environment-related problems of Nepal. I have been working to solve these challenges together with various socials workers, students and youth-led organizations.

Monday, June 15, 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP

Being a Nepali and having been grown in the lap of forest and hills, I have always wanted to pay back for the environment that has given me food, clothes, shelter, air, water- okay everything. During my schooling days, I was enrolled in NATURE CLUB. As the name suggests, it works for the climate change issues, our potential initiatives in it and about sustainable environmental practices. I frequently attend seminars and workshops on climate change, which help me to explore more on this field. I can’t feel more thankful to our respected Sudarshan raj Bhandari sir and Kanchan shrestha didi, for inciting this kind of platform to the young kinds at their early age.

At present I am studying agricultural science at one of the semi urban parts of Nepal (Lamjung, Sundarbazar). As I was always willing to take a step and work for the environmental issues and share my ideas to the young souls here at Lamjung, I went to put forward my ideas and asked for a permission to conduct workshops at local schools. Thankfully, their supportive words made my cause even bigger. Now onwards, I am conducting workshops on weekly basis at;  Future Star Higher Secondary English Boarding School, Bhotae-Odar, Lamjung and Insight Vision Academy, Lamjung Sundarbazar. influencing five hundred  young kinds at two different schools.

Summary of Day-1 (DATE- 2015-06-15) At Future Star boarding School, Bhote-Odar

Thanks to the school bus which took us to the school, and to the school officials who trusted us enough and offered us the opportunity. But our greatest thanks goes to the curious students, who showed great discipline and keen interest.

To begin our programme I gave the initial general introduction and some words regarding the purpose of the event which was followed by a short discussion by Manoj Barakoti, that by a presentation of Bibek Dhital, to end with some encouraging words regarding the initiatives the students can themselves take within their community by me again. Anusha Sharma was together with us all the time.

Manoj began by putting forward the idea of life of the non-living things, extrapolating the idea to the earth. He then talked about the versatility of the climate, eventually presenting the case of man caused environmental damage , specially the  climate change. In about fifteen minutes, he attempted to justify why climate change and environmental conservation are the burning issues.
Bibek presented his interactive video which dealt with the rampant melting of the ice cap at the arctic region; with the extinction of the polar bear within 2040 AD as a potential consequence. He then talked about carbon emission , the long term effects it can have, before discussing the  personal initiatives that the students can take from their side to reduce it. 

I focussed my conversation towards the activities and areas that the newly forming club is going to conduct and cover. I continued the case of personal commitment to conserve the environment.This was followed by more mechanical, routine events- the selection of class representatives to convey the message, a brief discussion about the activities that the newly forming club would undertake, and consultations with the teachers. Because of time crunch, Anusha was denied of her presentation, but, we hope more from her in the coming days. Thus ended our brief program on this enormous issue of colossal importance.

Our activity includes 
Student of our club will be using fountain pen instead of ball pen from today which will ultimately decrease environment pollutant. 
Student were instructed to turn their light, Tv off when they are not using. 

Assignments for students 
To Implement their knowledge in practical life. 
To write Learning of the day. 
To write what will be their friends and family reaction when they share all the knowledge, they have learned at eco club.

BEST two article will be published in school's notice board.



Saturday, May 30, 2015

NEPAL QUAKE 2015

On April 25, 2014 our country faced another and most tragic catastrophe of the century, a 7.9 Richter scale earthquake. After a narrow escape somehow I managed to survive the mayhem. 
I decided to conduct a fund raising campaign in collaboration with local Redcross at Chitwan tandi.  With collected amount I had a thought to go to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and serve for humanity while everyone were moving away form Kathmandu for safety. 


We began a campaign known as Donation for Nepal, on Facebook, creating account on Gofundme.com. The campaign was from just an individual accompanied by a group of enthusiastic youth like me working for the nation asking donation from friends, family and near and dear ones. 
And the very first day we started receiving overwhelming support. With the amount we were receiving, we stared supplying emergency relief supplies like Rice, grams, tarpaulins, beaten rice, infant food, sanitation, sanitary pads and medical supplies. I went to sindupalchock district; one of the hardly hit by earthquake and epicenter. I along with the team of the place I was volunteering went there twice with supplies and reconstruction of temporary shelters. Our convoy then left for other hard hit districts like Nuwakot, outskirts of Kathmandu, kavryaplanchock and South Lalitpur. 



I had the most wonderful lifetime opportunity to coordinate and work with locals of those districts and foreign volunteer who were also volunteering for Donation for Nepal. We joined efforts in clearing up wreckages of national heritage along with the houses. I was also engaged in construction of temporary pit latrines as well the houses in 4 of the villages of Sindhupalchowk, Lalitpur and Nuwakot. After working rigorously and relentlessly for 19 days after earthquake with the support of my team I left to one of the western districts of Nepal which had been overshadowed by most of the capital surrounded districts. I went there to do a survey and further supply emergency relief which included rice, lentils and high energy instant food. At the moment due to my upcoming final examinations I am at my College preparing for my papers. Whereas my group is still going strong and are constructing temporary shelters and schools. I am very excited to be joining them again after I finish my examinations. We are also planning for reconstruction of wrecked school in one of my home village in my leadership in collaboration with District education office/District development office Parbat.

SUNKOSHI LANDSLIDE

Millions of family resides on this wonderful planet. Every family wishes to live a happy and smooth life because that is human nature at its simplest. But why does only a handful get what they want? This very thought floated in my head for years. As a child I was curious giving this world something, contributing for it. I had an urge to help people. I believed that the utmost thing one can achieve in one’s life is certainly not wealth or health; it is satisfaction. I always believed in the fact that positive vibes can be felt and released only through true satisfaction. And two things satisfied me. Travelling and helping out people, be it anyways. I always had opportunities to travel but I missed all the chances I could help. I would not see them until the moment has passed. I always thought of things and never cared to act. But it was only one day that I had to think physically and not emotionally. The world remains still and same but my perspective towards it totally changed.  That particular day changed everything and I don’t really know whether to mourn for it or celebrate for the ideas and perspective it had given me to look at this world.


9th August, it was Saturday and I was doing my regular stuff. I was feeding myself news from Facebook when I came across a picture; a young boy holding his crying mother. Usually, it should be the opposite and may be that is the reason why whenever I see that picture, time stops for me! I just am lost in my own world of imagination. Then I heard a voice inside me yelling at me to act on it. The picture was taken after a landslide in Sunkoshi. I researched about it. The landslide had crushed the hopes of hundreds of family. Families just like yours and mine. Just imagine how it would feel if everything your family owns just disappears. The house crushed by falling rocks and the dreams that melted in the crushing waters. 






















I did my homework on the landslide and the more I researched about it the more it pinched in my heart. So, I decided to step up. I stood and decided to raise money for them but this was the first time I had ever acted upon a nation-wise cause. I simply did not know where to start from and what would be the end of it. But I did not let anything stop me. I discussed it with my fellow friends and what I ended up with was something I did not see coming; their supportive words and valuable suggestions, let alone the fact that they also wanted to be a part of my idea, made the cause even bigger. I had given my friends a hope; a hope that with our little hands and little contribution, a bigger disaster would seem smaller. I felt something on my shoulders; sense of responsibility it was.


There were countless memories during fund collection process, but incidents which I recall the most were one of its kinds. When I put forth my idea to one of our major hits in college – Dipendra Dai, he appreciated our idea by opening Coca-Cola bottles and we all quenched our thirst. With our settling thirst for the day, we all knew the very same thirst would rise again the next day, and we were not afraid. Our horticulture teacher was ready to set our work experience program practical as ‘’fund collection campaign” and by that time, number of people involvement were increasing and I was vanquished when I noticed our crowd reached sixty plus because we started from scratch.



















 At the end of the day, I and my friends were successful to raise twelve thousand six hundred and fifty five rupees which was more than overwhelming amount for us as we had not hoped for so much. The very next day (12th August), we had plans to collect fund inside college premises so we set up our donation box and were able to collect 12 thousand rupees more. Some beautiful memories, for instance, when we went to boys hostel at around 9:30 pm to collect the fund as this was the only time when everyone used to be in the hostel’s compound. The brothers there were drunk and that might be the reason why everyone contributed a large amount. Even though they were drunk and high, they were really appreciating our work.


 I was in Kathmandu on 13th August and I met Samrat and Bijay brother who was working actively and positively for the cause. But since my exams were near, they  suggested me to stay and study. I took their advice and I also kept in touch with them who updated me time and again. From the money we had collected, we decided to buy groceries and stuffs for the needy people. On 16th august, we all went to the spot and we distributed the stuffs that we had bought. But the fun part is on the way. We had lunch at around 10 at Dolalgaht where had the pleasure of meeting with two Superstars and social activist, Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansa Acharya. We also had a real nice picture with them.






















After one hour of journey, we reached the spot. The air sadly carried the smell of all the dead bodies with it. A school bus was also crushed and all these scenes did nothing but made us even sad. But we kept all our emotions aside and had a talk with the locals and the victims. We all tried to go near the dam but in the end only I got the closest. I regret that I could not meet my friend Ashmita as she was also there with the relief supplies. Everything was very unsystematic and unmanaged. In spite of that we donated all the goods that we brought like clinical mask, parasitamol, sancho, bucket, towel, soap, toothpaste/brush, mat, antibiotics, nail cutter. As per the information that we got food supply was already adequate there so we decided to focus our goods for sanitary issues .  Every victim was not able to get what they deserved. So, we did not get the satisfaction we were hoping for. So, we decided not to waste our remaining amount in something so unmanaged and we concluded to give the money to a school construction project. We put the money in the bank for it. on our way back, although we were not satisfied with all the victims not getting what they deserved, we were relaxed in one way or the other.




















In a nutshell, I realized that I did not want any of the fame. All I wanted was my work to be counted and I got that. I am really proud of my friends who always encouraged me along the way. I will never miss a chance if I have to contribute to mankind and/or nature. It’s one thing to live for ourselves and it’s another thing to live for others and I happen to like the later one.