Pabitra Samaaj Sewa Building Project Donors’ List so far:
[We are still raising fund for the completion of the project. Interested donors can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org]
The Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Pabitra Samaaj Sewa building was held on 30 January 2018 at Budhanilkantha. The foundation stone was laid by respected Marcus Brown from Adelaide amidst the presence of Dikchhya Chapagain, President of Pabitra Samaaj Sewa and the Representatives of Explore Himalaya and Himalayan Pre-Fab. The pre-fab building will provide a permanent earthquake resistant shelter to 15-20 residents under the care of the organization.
The building project was jointly initiated by Explore Himalaya and Himalayan Pre-Fab, a subsidiary of Explore Himalaya; after the residents of Pabitra Samaaj Sewa were forcibly evacuated from their previous resident at Dhapasi. As it was not possible to complete this project without the collective efforts, Explore Himalaya and Himalaya Pre-Fab started the initiation by contributing half of the fund and appealed for the rest from the generous contributors. Mr. Brown, who honored the ceremony, was among the few to extend the hand of support by raising funds from Adelaide community. The project has given hopes and happiness to all the destitute sheltering in the organization. The building is expected to complete within 6 weeks. For the full story on the building project, please follow our earlier blog at https://www.explorehimalaya.com/2018/01/05/pabitra-samaj-sewa-charity-project/
[In addition to being a trailblazer in Himalayan adventure, Explore Himalaya is also one of the forerunners in Nepali tourism to incorporate community service in company’s regular activities.]
Amsterdam, January 9, 2018.
Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure received Travelife Certified Award for its long-term efforts and front runner position regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Explore Himalaya is among the first companies in Nepal to have reached the Travelife Certified Award. Explore Himalaya complies with more than 200 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labor relations; and is formally recognized as in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
Mr Naut Kusters, Manager of Travelife for tour operators said, “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the front runner Explore Himalaya will inspire other companies in Nepal to follow the same path”. Travelife, which has been established with the support of the European Commission, is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector.
November 03, 2017 could be a normal day for many but for some it was the day when they lost everything. That day, the building of Pabitra Samaj Sewa at Dhapasi, Kathmandu, was evacuated forcibly by the local authorities. It had been sheltering more than 70 destitute and homeless people for last 10 years. The residents were not given chance to gather their belongings including the items of basic needs like food and clothes. All of the evacuees including elderly people, disabled and orphans were physically harassed and forced out of their shelter, and thrown right to the street from where they were rescued once. Furniture was broken and burnt, and the building was demolished by a dozer. They could do nothing than be the helpless spectators of the demolition of the house, which was once their home.
Pabitra Samaj Sewa Nepal http://www.pssnepal.org.np/, established in 2002, is a non- governmental social organization, working to ensure safe home and care to homeless, distressed, disabled and orphans. It provides shelter, food, healthcare, education, and, most importantly, love and care to the needy people. The organization is led by Dikshya Chapagain, a young and dynamic social activist, who has dedicated her life solely for the humanitarian cause. Most of the people under the care are the destitute rescued directly from streets in utterly dejected situations with very less hope of life. The rescue stories can be found at https://www.facebook.com/dikchhya.chapagai.
The organization has been having a nomadic provision for shelter since its establishment. Quite recently also, it has been sheltering in a government building given by a school at Dhapasi, Kathmandu for ten years. However, it has to move to the present makeshift shelter at Budhanilkantha because the School Management Committee, all of sudden, asked to evacuate the building. The Committee turned a complete blind eye to the organization’s request for time for emergency arrangement. On November 03, 2017, a group of people came and forcibly removed the people from the place.
Currently they are sheltering temporarily at a private house in Chapali, Budhanilkantha. There are altogether 72 people including 35 children, of both gender and all age group people. In their current shelter, due to lack of space, people including the sick and old, are eating and sleeping in open space and the situation is being more gruelling as winter has already started.
Now, the organization is building a permanent shelter with the support of some ad-hoc donations on a piece of land given by Budhanilkanta Municipality at Chandeswori. As Pabitra Samaj Sewa is run by the initiation of an individual with support from some kind-hearted people and it doesn’t have any regular form of support from any government, non-government and private organizations, the problem of rehabilitation is being more challenging. In addition to their effort to build a shelter as soon as possible, we are taking an initiative to donate an additional Pre-fabricated building that can accommodate a segment of the sheltering people comfortably with proper protection from elements of nature.
The building is a prefabricated house covering an area of 975 sq ft. This dormitory style building is earthquake resistant, cost and time effective, insulated, well ventilated and highly ideal for children and old age people. The building can accommodate about 15 people comfortably. The project is estimated to be completed within 6 weeks. The detail of the building is as follows:
Appeal for Donation:
The project aims to establish a pre-fab house for the homeless, distressed, disabled and orphan sheltered by Pabitra Samaj Sewa Nepal. This project wants to ensure that their basic need of a proper shelter is met. After they get the shelter, it is hoped that they will get a stable and safe life, which is sure to raise their quality of life in the long run. In this concern, we will contribute $8775 for Prefab Super Structure including the electrical works. And we are going to raise fund for the rest of the expense which includes Foundation plus flooring works and Sanitary works amounting to $5000. As it is not possible to complete this project without the collective efforts from generous contributors, we would really appreciate if you could help us by considering donation to this noble cause. Your help is really crucial to our efforts. Your support will provide the homeless and destitute with proper home that plays an important role in their physical and emotional well-being which finally leads them to be an asset, and not a liability, to the community.Appeal For Donation:
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Continuing the back-to back success of “Eye Camp” in past two years, a team of 9 Danish opticians and nurses came to Nepal through our premier partner Kipling Travel Denmark to conduct a week long “Free Eye Camp” in three villages of Sidhupalchowk, the hardest hit district in earthquake 2015. The team includes 6 opticians (Ms. Iversen Ane, Mr Nielsen Bjoern, Mr. Dyre Rolf, Ms Roennenfelt Jette, Mr Stegmann Knud Erik and Ms. Honore Jette) and 3 nurses (Ms. Lindedam Lene Seest, Ms. Malherbe Hanne and Ms. Stegmann Vibeke Ryberg). The camp was stationed consecutively at Jalbire, Kattike and Aiselukharka for 6 days from 13 November to 18 November.
The Eye Camp was conducted mainly for diagnostic screening and eye examining. The villagers were provided with free glasses and counseling on preventive care concerning eye health. Altogether 1649 patients (1004 females and 645 males) and 600 students were benefited from the camp. At the end of the program, the Danish Team and Explore Himalaya team thanked the local clubs, police and volunteers from beneficiary villages, whose continuous effort made the success of the program possible. The village communities also expressed gratitude to the entire organizer team for the noble service that helped hundreds of villagers to cure and identify many vision related problems. At the end of the program, the Danish team was delighted to see their hard work paid off! After the great success of “Eye Camp” program for three consecutive years, Explore Himalaya looks forward to organizing similar programs in other remote regions of Nepal.
Location: Jalbire, Sindhupalchok (1215m), approx. 84km from Kathmandu.
Location: Jalbire, Sindhupalchok
Location: Kattike, Sindhupalchok
Transfer from Kattike to Aiselu Kharka by Bus (around 5 hours’ drive)
Location: Aiselu Kharka, Sindhupalchowk
Location: Aiselu Kharka, Sindhupalchowk
Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter held its 41st general assembly on 14 December. The assembly released its theme “Vision 5 million” among its members, partner organizations and government representatives. The mission aims to welcome 5 million visitors to Nepal by 2030. The assembly was graced by the presence of Chief Guest, Mr. Maheshwor Neupane, Secretary- Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Keynote Speaker Dr Yuv Raj Khatiwada, the former Vice-Chairman of National Planning Commission.
The General Assembly elected the new executive committee under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sunil Shakya, Chairman of KGH Group of Hotel & Resorts, with unanimous acclamation. Mr. Shakya took over the chairmanship succeeding Mr. Suman Pandey who served PATA Nepal Chapter from 2013. Mr. Pandey remained a member of executive committee as an immediate former Chairman. The other elected members of executive committee included 1st Vice Chairman -Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi (CEO at NTB), 2nd Vice Chairman- Janak Raj Kalakheti (Commercial Director-Nepal Airlines), General Secretary-Mr. Bibhuti Chand Thakur (Founder-Himalayan Holidays Trekking), Treasurer -Mr. Shiva Prasad Dhakal (MD- Royal Mountain Travel).
Mr. Shakya expressed his gratitude for the trust given to him to lead PATA Nepal Chapter as the Chairman. “PATA Nepal will continue to work with the spirit of PATA HQ and is committed to working closely with the government, Ministry of Tourism, Nepal Tourism Board and reach out to work closely with all our tourism-related associations and private sectors, ” said Mr Shakya on his new appointment.
The outgoing chairman Mr. Suman Pandey shared the initiatives, activities and achievements PATA had in the last five years. He added, “PATA team has had various opportunities to explore innovative avenues of Nepali Tourism through PATA’s Next Generation Campaign and Digital Marketing.” He asserted the need of aggressive investment and innovation in Nepali tourism to meet the target of “Vision 5 million”. During the program, the Keynote Speaker Dr. Yuv Raj Khatiwada emphasized on the need of the development of infrastructure for the economic development of nation through tourism. “Both government and private sector should collaborate for the infrastructure development,” said Mr Khatiwada.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Maheshwor Neupane appreciated PATA Nepal Chapter for its significant contribution in the promotion and development of Nepali tourism. He asserted that Nepal Government is working for infrastructural development to welcome quality tourists. He also assured that Nepal Government is quite willing to collaborate with private sector to achieve the goal of “Vision 5 Million”. During the AGM, Mr. Karna Sakya, Founder of Sakaratmak Soch and a well-known tourism activist was awarded with the “PATA Personality of the Year 2017”. Similarly, Nepal College of Travel & Tourism Management was also awarded with the “Best Student Chapter of the Year 2017” for their significant contribution to PATA Nepal Student Chapter initiatives.
The General Meeting also elected 4 Ex officio members including Mr. Rabindra Shrestha (Corporate Director-Nepal Airlines), Mr. Krishna Lamsal (Director- Department of Tourism), Mr. Subhash Jha (Deputy. Director- Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal). Other Executive Members include Mr. Sanjay Bhakta Mathema (President- SDU Travel), Mr. Vinaya Shakya (Travel Consultant -Tripitak Holidays), Mr. Abdullah Tuncer Kececi (General Manager- Turkish Airlines), Mr. Khem Raj Lakai (CEO-GATE College), Mr. Tika Ram Sapkota (MD- Nepal Vacation), Mr. Tashi Gurung (MD- Himalaya Kailash Travels & Tours) and Mr. Abhishek Bikram Shah (GM-Chandragiri Hills).
Similarly, the assembly also elected 7 Proxy Members to its Executive Committee including Mr. Sambha Shah, proxy General Secretary (CEO- Soaltee Sibikrim Hotels & Resorts), Ms. Pragya Sharma, proxy Treasurer (Operating Manager- Adventure Outdoor Treks & Expedition), Ms. Manjani Shrestha (Marketing Chief- Summit Air,) Ms. Reetal Rana (MD- Mid Valley Int’l College), Mr. Ram Barakoti (Director- Nepal Social Treks & Expedition), Mr. Prabhakar Khadka (Director- Rupakot Resort), Mr. Lila Dhar Bhandari (CEO- Going Nepal). Likewise, an 11-member main committee for PNC-Youth Forum including Mr. Niroj Karmacharya, Mr. Mr. Lomash Dhamala, Mr. Bimoj Pradhan, Mr. Prem Kumar Danuwar, Ms. Ujani Khadka, Ms. Kabita Risal, Ms. Shreeyukti Shah, Mr. Sagar Nepal, Mr. Bigyan Chapagain, Mr. Pasang Syangtang, and Ms. Sarina Shrestha was also formed.
The assembly concluded by endorsing the objective of “Vision 5 million” and emphasizing on PATA Nepal Chapter’s instrumental role in initiating dialogues with all stakeholders to achieve the goal by working together with the Government, Nepal Tourism Board, other Associations from private or public sector.