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Area (ha): 8
Host ID: 12431
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Last Updated: December 13, 2013
Our History and News
Our aims to build and strengthen communities; therefore several of our programs aim to address environmental and living conditions in the more impoverished areas of the country. Here is a brief history of our accomplished projects.
Our biogas project is one of our largest ongoing projects. Since most of the families in Nepal, specifically Chitwan, are agrarian, biogas is a reliable, alternative, and sustainable energy choice. Using waste from cattle and even humans, we have been building reactors that convert this raw material into cooking fuel.
We first began this project in 2011 with the help of Carlos Sordo Olive, an engineer from Spain. Like any project, we started small, building reactors for a few families. In 2012, we built 4 more, and 4 more again this year.
Families in these areas who do not use biogas have to rely on petrol (which is very costly, RS130/kilo) or wood from the jungle (which depletes a natural resource). We are trying to provide a cheaper alternative via biogas. However, our concepts havenít been well received by everyone in these communities. While the benefits are less expensive in the long run, we do have to ask them to bear a percentage of the initial cost of building a reactor. This cost-benefit ratio has become another element in our project, trying to convince families to adopt the biogas model.
We are not letting naysayers deter us from our goal, though. We are still working on converting as many houses to biogas as we possibly can. Perhaps with volunteers who have the know-how of selling ideas, we can reach more families in Chitwan and eventually surrounding areas.
We began our sun cooker project in 2012 in the Jiri Distrcit, but only had the resources to provide these devices to two families. The sun cooker is exactly what it sounds like. It looks like a large metal colander and harnesses the heat of the sun to temperatures high enough to cook food. This year we made a huge stride by showcasing our sun cooker model to local and national NGOs in hopes of further support.
As mentioned, we are working in more impoverished areas of Nepal and more often than not, the living conditions are well below the standards of the rest of Nepal. Therefore, we developed a small project providing adequate toilets to families in the Chitwan area. Before our project, they were using dugout holes or even the riverbank. In 2011, we installed toilets in 4 houses; 4 in 2012, and 3 so far this year.
While some of these numbers may appear small, we are still growing and striving to provide more to all the communities we can.
Solar Water Heaters:
This is our most junior project, which we are still in trial-and-error stages. Begun this year with the help of Carlos and Alejandro Aldamiz-Echavarria Burges, another engineer from Spain, we are trying to use the same concept in our biogas project along with solar energy to create hot water heaters. Again, this method will provide hot water through alternative and sustainable resources.
In 2012, Ingrid Cop, a pediatric doctor from Germany ran a 3-day health camp in Malpur Secondary School in Chitwan. She was able to provide check-ups and physicals for almost 300 children in the area. Medicine was donated by Pragati Nepal, an NGO that WEB Nepal works closely with.
About My Home
My home is located at Baghmara, countryside of Chitwan ,15 min from Sauraha Bus Park. We are typical Nepali family. We belong to Bramin caste as Nepal still flow caste customs. We live in joint family with 8 members. Our main occupation is farming. We belong to middle class family in our society. We are emotionally attached to every member of our community. You will be able to see perfect social life here in our community.
My home is just outside the community forest near two small rivers namely Budi Rapti and Khagedri. It lies 3 km south of Tandi Bazzar (From the Mahendra highway).My home is 1 stored building with 9 rooms including kitchen, family room, meeting room and have two toilets and single bathroom.
I have bio-gas for cooking in my house. People will have opportunity get experience alternative energy.
volunteer ( Helper) can be tailored needs and started at any time during the year. During your stay you will have many opportunities to interact with the indigenous people of Chitwan and the various tribes who reside in this lush countryside. While there, you will have the possibility to learn about traditional Nepalese organic farming practices, fully depending on the land and physical work. You will also be able to visit many different fascinating local places of historical and environmental importance. If you wish to learn about the Nepalese education system, you will be welcome to visit different schools to better understand our way of teaching and learning activities. If you are a graduate student interested in doing some research near Chitwan, we will welcome and support you, our area would be a great area for research projects relating to anthropology, geography, ecology, and other related sciences.
I am teacher in community school and my parents works in our farm. Out of School I help in farm to manages the things that is needed for the farm. And also the local market. And I am working on promoting Bio-gas for cooking. Helper will have opportunity to visit such area where people are using bio-gas for their daily cooking.
I provide the helper separate room with electricity, and I provide them internet
In my Home Stay Helper can get different opportunity to help.
1. working in farm
My farm is closer to Chitwan National Park Buffer Zone area. Helper can reach hear 20 min walk form the Bus stop form the Highway. In my farm (garden ) I have different vegetables.
Helper will have opportunity to work on farm you will learn about traditional Nepalese organic farming practices, fully depending on the land and hand.
I offer moderately accommodations for extended stays. I welcome travelers, volunteers, students, and athletes wanting to learn more about Nepali ways of life while visiting our beautiful part of the country. While participating in this program, you will have a wonderful experience at a reasonable price and will be able to learn so much from new customs, to language, while making new friends and becoming part of a new family during your stay. Living with My family is the only true way to learn about Nepali culture in a responsible way, and be able to take advantage of the many opportunities awaiting you in famous Chitwan National Park, but also in lesser known sites around Chitwan.
We also want helper who can teach English for community children,
2. Teaching in a community School
The English teaching project covers teaching in several public schools in Nepal. English is a part of the primary school curriculum in community schools. It does, however, sometimes require extra work. Many poor kids cannot afford additional private English classes to continue with their higher education. Your role as a volunteer can make a difference in these children's lives, many of who dream of speaking English.
community school currently have between 60-100 children to one teacher. The schools have minimal teaching resources and the classrooms are of a basic standard. The students value learning very much and any voluntary teaching support is greatly appreciated by both the pupils and the teachers. When volunteering in a school, you will generally assist a teacher by providing support to students struggling with the class expectations. If you are even more inclined, you can also provide direct support to the teachers, enabling them to enhance their teaching standard in line with modern teaching principles.
Though no teaching experience or skill is required, helper joining the teaching program in should have a good command of English, both written and verbal. helper are expected to be flexible and patient. You should have passion and love for teaching, English and children.
Helper in the teaching English project mostly teach conversational English (2-3 hours a day) in a public school for six days a week. Most of the students in the school are between the age of 6 and 16. Helper will be assisted by other teachers in the school. In your free time, you can organize games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative education and extra curricular activities. Helper are also expected to help with taking the kids on educational tours, helping them with their homework, monitoring academic progress, and in administration.
In Nepal, there is one English teacher in each school who follows a fixed English curriculum. Most of the time you will follow this fixed English curriculum (each grade has their own English book). You can work as a main teacher or as an assistant to the main English teacher, depending on your confidence level and teaching experience.
We will arrange your room and board from the start until the end of the program. During the teaching English program volunteers will stay with my family. you will commute to school by bicycle every day. We will offer a separate bedroom, with electricity but you will share a bathroom and living spaces with family
Helper can get tea in the morning, lunch,dinner, electricity, WiFi, bicycle, site seen around chitwan are, and Part of the donation goes to upcoming projects, bio-gas,Sun cooker conservation Education.
Which would be about USD $ 10 per day.