Thousands of foreign tourists visit Nepal, particularly for the Himalayan experience, and some are keen to be involved in volunteering. Good intentions in terms of volunteering work also mean immersion in the Nepali life style and culture. A few days of volunteering can result in great memories as well as some bitter truths.
Volunteering in Nepal has its own particularities - it is connected with our culture, lifestyle and the nature of our social structures. People have supported those in need selflessly including during social and cultural events such as feasts, weddings and other traditional Hindu customs.
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At the workshop on "Policies Regarding Disabled and Elderly Access and Accommodation in Public Places and Public Venues within Nepal's Laws", some voluntary commitments were made to achieve tangible results within 6 months from the date of workshop by the participants. This video shows some of the commitments that were made. Some of these commitments can be implemented in individual work environments. For all to see and volunteer to do.
This 5 part series on "Challenges of Disabled Accessible Tourism in Nepal" is based on a talk program given to some hoteliers at Radisson Hotel. It was arranged by Four Season Travel & Tours Pvt. Ltd. The objective was to discuss the possibilities and advantages of disabled accessible tourism in Nepal by highlighting the issues related to whole concept of disabled accessibility and need for the development disability access in Nepal so it will benefit all.
This video gives some background about how an existing ramp, assumed as complinat for the disabled, was modified and how a new complying bathroom and new ramps were constructed on this private premises but a public venue. The newly constructed facilities meet acceptable access standards and are based on the requirements of the California Building Code.
राज्यले ज्येष्ठ नागरिक, एकल महिला, अपांगहरुलाई सामाजिक सुरक्षा भत्ता उपलब्ध गराउँदै आएको छ । छलफलका क्रममा ज्येष्ठ नागरिकहरुले आफुले ६ महिनाको २ हजार ७ सय ५० रुपैयामात्र भत्ता पाएको बताए । नियमतः मासिक ५०० का दरले ६ महिनाको ३ हजार रुपैया पाउनुपर्ने हो । तर मैले भेटेका सबै जनाले ६ महिनाको सामाजिक सुरक्षा भत्ताबाट २ सय ५० रुपैया काटिएको बताए । यो थाहा पाउँदा मलाई आश्चर्य लाग्यो ।
'ENGAGE, in partnership with and with the support of VSO through the International Citizenship Service (ICS), organized "Everybody Can Serve" - a partnership and networking fostering event to promote a more inclusive society through volunteerism. The event comprised a market place, a partnership/collaboration corner and discussion/debate component.'