Nepal Youth Network stats as of today are.
All great progress to date and the quality of photos, writing and topics we've seen from Nepal's youth is really good stuff.
Starting in January 2013 we'll be turning over day-to-day administration of the site to an active youth group in Nepal. We will continue to keep Global Giving donors abreast of the progress at the site but now that it has a strong start, it's time to let the youth of Nepal take the controls and management of the site.
Each year The Mountain Fund, through our program, The Mountain Volunteer hosts approx. 100 volunteers in Nepal. Orchid Garden Nepal is the most loved of all our volunteer placement locations. This past fall a volunteer from the USA, Alexandra, traveled to Nepal and spent two weeks working at Orchid Garden and caring for the children there. She recently sent us the following, along with a photograph she created.
At first glance Orchid Garden is just a name painted on a brick wall. After spending my first day there I could not wait to go back. The children, although they do not have much (anything),are sooo happy. They may not come from the same homes but they all share and play as if they did. Sisters, Teachers, and Staff, genuinely care for each and every child as if they were their own. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to spend the majority of my stay in Nepal at Orchid Garden! **Alexandra**
Driving school is now underway in Nepal with the first class of women. The women are learning auto mechanics, how to drive safely, the rules of the road and personal self defense. This is the first ever program of its kind to be offered in Nepal and the goal is to teach 1000 women to be taxi drivers, an occupation from which they can earn money and support themselves. Studies of traffic accidents in Nepal have shown that women are safer drivers than men but in the past they've not had an opportunity to drive as an occupation due to a lack of training for women drivers. We're creating history by training them to drive, to fix a car and to defend themselves.
The first class, consisting of 36 women, is now underway.