Nepal is an amazing beautiful country. The landscapes are stunning, the people very friendly and lovely and the Himalayas are just magical. But Nepal is all over littered with waste, harming the environment, the animals and the people.
It's time for a change!
How can our campaign "Sapha Dolalghat - Clean Dolalghat" change this harmful littering behavior?
...by animating people to take matters in their own hands. We, the campaign team, Isabelle Blum (campaign manager) from Switzerland, Kali Ma and Quasan Shresta (cooperation partners) from Dolalghat, Nepal, want to help the villagers of Dolalghat help themselves. Our goal is to get the litter out of the village by...
- inspiring ecological awareness
- teaching a proper waste management
- recycling and upcycling specific waste materials
Who we are...
Isabelle Blum is an environmental scientist living in Switzerland and the campaign manager.
Kali Ma lives and works in her Ashram in Dolalghat. Quasan Shresta was born and raised in Dolalghat and still works and lives there. Both run their own organizations and are very active in the social issues of the village. They care a lot about Nepal, its people and the environment.
What we need and what we will do with your contribution
If we meet our 15'000 Dollar goal, with your generous support, we will be able to:
- start the campaign with an open air cinema showing films about littering and its impact on the environment
- undertake 3 workshops on the topics "NO littering!", "Waste is precious" and "Waste on the right spot" during 2 weeks
- invite 3 experts in the field of environmental education, handcraft and waste management to manage the workshops
- provide our Nepalese volunteers with 1 meal during the 2 weeks workshops
- complete the campaign with a nice colourful "Waste festival"
- USD 1800: a part of the campaign costs for communication materials, fundraising events, administration work
- USD 8800: flights, transfer, board and lodging of the three workshop experts and the campaign manager
- USD 4400: movies, voice over in Nepali of the movies, beamer, laptops, waste bins, grip tongs, building materials, paper, materials for the composting, materials for the play, board of the Nepalese volunteers
If we exceed our goal, we can do a lot more. We can for example organize property for an upgraded recycling (recycling of plastic bottles with a squeezing machine). We will also be able to inform more people in the villages around Dolalghat and spread the idea of NO LITTERING!
We are convinced that environmental education is central for a change in behavior. Environmental education enables to develop skills, competences, valuable priorities and knowledge. It enhances competences to understand the limitation of natural ressources and it qualifies to act in a foresightful and responsible way, showing solidarity to the community. We'd like to qualify the villagers of Dolalghat for taking responsibility and matters in their own hands.
We'd like to undertake three workshops in March 2014, coordinated by experts in the field of environmental education, waste management and handcraft. Together with the experts the campaign team acts as a bridge-builder between the abilities and needs of the Nepalese community and the western know-how of practicing environmental protection.
"NO littering!" Workshop for inspiring ecological awareness in kids. We animate the kids to promote a respectful handling of nature and to say NO to littering.
The kids create a theater on the topic of littering based on typical Nepalese stories and images. The costumes are made of waste materials to increase the story. The kids show the play in Dolalghat and the surrounding villages. In addition those kids who are skilled in drawing create a comic and/or posters on the topic.
"Waste is precious" Workshop for craftsmen like tailors, carpenters, metalworkers. We motivate the craftsmen to produce ressource-friendly and upcycling products.
The craftsmen create a small selection of upcycling products. The products shall be of use for the villagers of Dolalghat.
"Waste in the right place!" Workshop for family women, shopkeepers and garbage collectors. We teach them to avoid, organize, compost and recycle waste.
The family women and shopkeepers are trained the composting of kitchen waste and the proper organization of waste at home and in the shop/restaurant. The people who are already collecting waste are supported in an effective waste collection and recycling of specific waste materials.
Other ways to help
Even if you can't contribute you can still support us!
- Get the word out and discuss our campaign. Visit our facebook page and tell your friends about it!
- Share our Indiegogo campaign using the link on the top of the page. Here it's again just in case: http://igg.me/at/saphadolalghat