WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Half of Nepal's population lives below the poverty line, and about one third of the population survives without clear water. These are people who are not able to satisfy basic needs such as food, health care and education. Half the children are malnourished and underweight.
In addition, half of Nepal's population is formally unemployed. For those that are employed, the average income is less than $200 a year. Sadly, only a scant 15% of the Nepalese have access to health services.
These problems are especially stark in rural villages, where youth have often left their homes or have joined the rebels or have been killed in the civil war between the rebels and the government. Many villages are near ghost towns, left with only old, weak and sick parents unable to make it to the cities.
As a result, Nepal's beautiful villages set in majestic mountains are now severely lacking in basic infrastructure. On the Nepal Community Development Project you can make life better for deprived local people by taking part in a number of projects aimed at improving the local infrastructure. These include building walls, drainage systems, playgrounds and clinics, as well as other duties such as painting.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Whilst on your placement, you will take part in a number of ongoing projects aimed at improving the local infrastructure. Such projects may include the building of walls, drainage systems, playgrounds and clinics, as well as other duties such as painting.