14 Jul

Thoughts on the Aftermath of the Earthquake

Around the anniversary of the earthquake, the Nepali Times ran an interesting opinion piece regarding what Nepalis learned from the quake. It’s worth a read. 

07 Jul

Where did donations to Nepal go?

Charity Navigator has put together a useful report on which charities responded to the April 2015 earthquake and how. Friends of Nepal was not asked for our information, but you can see what other charities have been doing here.

07 Jul

Families are still waiting for money to rebuild after the quake

The good news is that the Nepali government has finally agreed to send 200,000 Rs per family to help rebuild homes lost in the quake. The bad news is that it’s already more than a year after the quake, and it’s still only a promise. Read more about the rebuilding effort here

30 Jun

You know who loves chhurpi? Dogs!

I thought it was plastic, the first time someone gave me chhurpi, the hard, non-perishable cheese that people in the hills chewed for days on end. Now, three Nepali entrepreneurs have started a business making dog chews from chhurpi. Watch a snippet of their appearance on Shark Tank here

15 Jun

Congratulations to Newest Peace Corps-Nepal Volunteers!

Twenty-four Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in on June 10th to start their two years’ service. They will be posted to five districts in western Nepal. More info here. Welcome to our newest volunteers!

07 Jun

Pick of the Week: Newlywed website

A website and app for Nepali newlyweds with information about contraception and sexual health smuggled in amongst more banal information about bridal wear and catering was launched in April. The website was the brainchild of Marie Stopes International, a family planning organization.

28 Jan

Friends of Nepal Board Nominations

Friends of Nepal is accepting nominations for all board positions through February 6, 2016. One must be a member of FON to make a nomination, and also must be a member to be placed on the ballot. A member is defined as any individual who is a dues paying member. If you have made a donation within the past year of $15 or more your membership is considered active. Current nominees are listed here.

The following positions are open for nomination, each for a 2-year term: President, Treasurer, Secretary and five at-large positions. Each board member has a role, based on the board’s current needs and the skillsets of those elected. The board sets organizational policy and vision, and plays an active role in fundraising, grants management and communication with our membership. The time commitment ranges from approximately 1-5 hours per month and the board is encouraging nominations to bring new ideas and energy.

To make a nomination, please submit the following information to Tamara at nepal.newsletter@gmail.com. Self-nomination is acceptable.

  • Your name
  • Name of the person you are nominating
  • Position you are nominating for

Voting will take place electronically between February 8 and February 15.

 

27 Jan

Nepal RPCV Launches Kickstarter to Support Biodiversity in Nepal

RPCV Rajeev Goyal (N-193) has launched a kickstarter to fund a biodiversity project in Nepal. He is aiming to raise $100,000 to fund KTK-BELT (www.belt-project.org). They have 27 days left to raise the amount, and if they don’t make it, all funds will be returned to the donors. Rajeev has been deeply involved in development projects in Nepal since he COS’d in 2003. Click here for more information and to donate.

20 Jan

RPCV Uses Photos of Nepal to Fundraise for Earthquake Relief

RPCV Luke Golobitsh put together old photographs from his years in Peace Corps-Nepal to organize a fundraiser for earthquake victims. The photographs in the show, titled “Nepal Remembered, 1975-1978″, are not available for sale, but appreciative viewers can obtain a print if they donate to Nepal earthquake relief. Read more here.

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