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GPA-Nepal Supports UN International Day of Families with Community Assistance Program

A Nepali couple share their experience during a program in
recognition of International Day of Families.

In recognition of UN International Day of Families on May 16, Global Peace Association Nepal organized a program in the small community of Chaimale, some two hours from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, to support better sanitation, sponsor skills and livelihood training, and provide more efficient and environmentally sustainable cook stoves. GPA-Nepal volunteers visited 50 households during the project, “Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity.”

Chaimae is home to indigenous peoples who practice subsistence farming. The majority use wood for cooking, and few people in the community have toilets in their homes, which contributes to environmental threats and poor public sanitation.

The program was carried out in Shree Panchakanya Secondary School with 35 people participating. Among the participants three shared their appreciation of the initiative.

“This is a new kind of program that has not been celebrated or heard of. I feel extremely happy that your organization has come a long way for this program. We should celebrate family day as if every day is family day.” 
                                                                --Mr. Ravi K.C., Principal, Shree Panchakanya Secondary School

“I express my gratitude [to GPA-Nepal] for organizing this program. Family is more than anything to me. Though I am illiterate I have educated my children and I have brought them up well.  From this program we learned the importance of family unit.”
                                                                                                                                        --Mr. Ram Yonjan, Farmer

“We use wood for cooking food which is affecting the health of our family including the children, so we want to have modern stove build. But we need help from the organizations like yours.”                                                                                                                                                                --Mr. Sanu Kaji Lama, businessman

International day of Families program participants, with GPA-Nepal executive director Mr. Ram Rohan Panta (right).

 

--Reported by Global Peace Association Nepal