News, stories, previous projects and other anecdotes!
EMPOWERING THE NEPALI COMMUNITY IN EVERY PROJECT
Once our captain Prakash finds a location (village or school) that needs help, he meets with the community, discusses the issues, needs and wishes of the locals and starts drafting a plan. Once the decisions are made, Prakash connects his best builders to the project and the whole community gets involved in it. CASD-Australia funds the project: buying the material and paying the workforce. That way, we are closely working with the community, involving them all the steps along the way.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DONATION IN GHUSEL (JUNE 2016)
As part of its ongoing support of the Ghusel community, CASD has donated books, pens, pencils, writing/drawing paper and toys to the lower school of Ghusel. These items will provide the teachers with much-needed teaching supplies. The supplies were delivered to the school by CASD team member Chris Shaw on his recent trip to Nepal.
YOSL'S FANTASTIC FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
Hi, my name is Yosl and throughout 2017 I made an effort to raise funds for CASD. I undertook this task because it was frustrating knowing the inequity of wealth throughout the world and that there are many people who do not have convenient access to something as vital as fresh drinking water. I collected money to donate by spreading the word to family and friends about the projects that CASD plan to implement. By doing this, many felt the desire to help fund CASD’s vision, which is to support community projects throughout Nepal such as building water pipelines, assisting in local education programs and aiming to empower Nepalese women. Having contributed financially this year, I intend to continue supporting this endeavour through more fundraising efforts over the coming year and to visit Nepal towards the end of 2018 to help complete projects that have been initiated by the CASD team.
JUMPER DISTRIBUTION (DECEMBER 2015)
After the 2015 earthquakes, many Nepali family lost their homes. The following winter was therefore very tough for them all. CASD-Australia used some of its fundraising money to distribute fleece jumpers to all the kids of this school.
GET TO KNOW OUR CAPTAIN, PRAKASH!
Prakash is the founder and driving force of CASD-Nepal and a real inspiration for us all within CASD-International. He is married to the lovely Sanju and they now have a baby boy named Priyanshu.
We nickname Prakash our "Captain" because he is the one whose vision on how to improve the living standards of rural Nepal leads all our projects.
You can find him most of the time riding his motorbike all over the mountains where he finds new project locations, attends meetings with talented Nepalese from his network of friends or checks that our current projects are right on track. He is the kindest man you'll ever meet and he is our favourite guide to the Nepali culture! he is very respected by the rural community and everyone seems to know him! Thank you Prakash Brother, the world is a better place with you in it!
SCHOOL BAGS DONATION (FEBRUARY 2016)
Some of our kids at Khairani Village finally got their school bags we purchased. These awesome little troopers walk an hour to school everyday with all their books in hand. Now they won’t need to carry them by hand any more. Thank you team Australia for coming through for them!
EARTHQUAKE RELIEF SUPPORT (2015)
Earthquake Relief and Shelter Building after the devastating earthquakes in 2015: a program was established to distribute supplies and build temporary shelters for communities in Ghusel, Lalitpur District. CASD has distributed thousands of kilos in emergency food supply, mosquito nets, and camping equipment. The team is building sturdy bamboo and tin homes (withstood the second earthquake) which the villagers will likely call home for 1-5 years until they can afford to rebuild a more permanent structure. 81 shelters are complete, each housing up to 8 people. With ongoing government approval, CASD built 260 additional structures in the district (housing 2,000 people). The cost of each structure was as low as $150 USD.
NEPALI CULTURE: THE TIKA CEREMONY
In Nepal, red powder is used to give a "tika" (a red line on the forehead) to visitors.
The tika ceremony welcomes people (Nepali or foreigner) to meetings, ceremonies or (home) villages or it can also means blessings/good luck when you leave a place.
In addition to the tika, special guests receive a scarf and a garland of red Nepali flowers (mala) handmade by a villager. Everything is always carefully planned and there is a genuine kindness and deep gratitude in those gestures.