Ben Swanepoel told us of his journey by bike to the mountains of Nepal. He showed us beautiful images of stunning but difficult terrain and told us of his turmoil at having to change his plans and turn back. Ben’s journey showed us how the unplanned route can surprise and delight.
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Heightening Interest in the Himalayan Kingdom
BY SATOMI OGUCHI
@ VOL 125
ON MAY 28, 2015
Japan International Cooperation Agency volunteer and junior high school teacher Satomi Oguchi, shares her experience volunteering in Nepal as an environmental educator.
She sheds light on some misperceptions about Nepal and offers her fellow Japanese and the PK community a chance to heighten our interest in the Himalayan kingdom, which is also Asia's poorest country. Oguchi experienced the recent earthquakes there and shares how the Nepalese were quick to respond.
Check it out and be inspired to get involved as Satomi Oguchi has!
Inspired by Nepal, a Langtang Ago
BY BRIAN SCOTT PETERSON
Prior to establishing himself in Tokyo over a decade ago, Brian Scott Peterson made a trip half way around the world to, in his words "the mystifyingly scenic", country of Nepal. In a wonderlust quest for "adventure of most epic proportions", Peterson set off from age-old city Kathmandu, long-hauling across treacherous trail to the Himalayan kingdoms highest peaks, to the remote mountainous village of Langtang, a journey against all others after would be measured.
Heartbroken to see the recent devastation and disastrous loss of the place that forever changed his life, he offers this emotional tale of his sojourn there, simply as a starting point.
No stranger to disaster response, Peterson hopes to eventually repeat in Nepal his successful volunteer effort from Japan, the family photo rebuilding project Photohoku.
Finally he asks, "How can the tried and true creativity in the greater PechaKucha community rally to share stories and support for Nepal?"
PechaKucha Inspires Nepal
BY MARK DYTHAM
@ VOL 126
ON JUN 24, 2015
"Anybody who has a story to share about Nepal can make a presentation, record it, send it to us, and we can put it on our PechaKucha Inspire Channel."
At PechaKucha Tokyo's Vol. 126, co-founders Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein re-launched their disaster response initiative, "PechaKucha Inspire", this time for the heavily earthquake-hit Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.
Building on their experiences with the ongoing PechaKucha Inspire JAPAN effort, where an ever-growing collection of Japan inspiring presentations made at PKN around the world, are being added to, shared, and viewed nearly 100,000 times through the PechaKucha website, PechaKucha Inspire NEPAL will be more nimble, allowing anyone to make a presentation and send it directly to us to upload on the Inspire NEPAL Channel.
PechaKucha's simple and accessible format combined with a tried and tested worldwide network of creativity proves again how we can rally together to truly make a difference in the world. Be inspired by this compelling presentation to share YOUR story and in turn inspire Nepal back to it's beautiful self!
To share your story, send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 1st, 2015.
Mountains of Support for Nepal
BY ROBIN LEWIS
@ VOL 127
ON JUL 29, 2015
"The media has long since moved on from Nepal...but if I can get one thing across to everyone here today it would be that if do want to do something, you haven't missed the boat."
In Mountains of Support for Nepal from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 127, International Disaster Relief Coordinator for NGO PeaceBoat, Robin Lewis, shares his passion of being a humanitarian aide worker, hoping to raise awareness through his experiences working in areas hit by disasters, most recently Nepal. Here is discusses the situation on the ground in Kathmandu and in the outlying rural areas, highlighting the various response initiatives he and his team have conducted, and the challenges still faced by the Nepalese people living there.
To learn more about Peace Boat's efforts in Nepal, and to get involved yourself, visit their website.
This presentation will be added to our PechaKucha Inspire Nepal Channel. Have a look and be inspired to share your story of Nepal!
This was "Presentation of the Day" on Friday, August 7th, 2015.
Quilts for Nepal
BY KAREN MCAULAY
ON AUG 05, 2015
"This is not a slow intricate work of art. It's a quick way of making a warm cover for someone who has lost everything and needs the basics of existence."
Unsuspecting librarian by weekday, vigilante heroine seamstress by weekend, Scotswoman Karen McAulay takes the Inspire Nepal stage by sharing her story of a unique volunteer project that aims to provide disaster-struck Nepal with something we can all appreciate, the warmth of a hand-made quilt.
McAulay doesn't wait for her city's next PKN, rather putting her slides and audio together for a PechaKucha Night of one, in her own home in front of her computer. Listen to her presentation and be moved to share YOUR story of Nepal, inspiring the country back to it's vibrant self!
Civic Hacking in Nepal
BY MIKE ZUCKERMAN
@ VOL 13
ON JUL 03, 2015
Mike Zuckerman offers up some personal insights and some inspirational ideas for the what could possibly be the silver lining in Nepal's rebuilding post-earthquake. Moved by a friend who tragically perished on Mt. Everest, he suggests the time is now or never, proposing a bold vision of making creative new cities in the aftermath of disaster that can be a better reflections of the wishes and dreams of its inhabitants.
Nepal, Between Earth & Mountains
BY NURI ARUNBIARTI MOELADI
@ VOL 22
ON JUN 04, 2015
How to make your travel journey more meaningful? Take part in one of volunteering projects abroad! Nuri Arunbiarti Moeladi, a freelancer photographer, shares her experience during her travel-volunteering days in Nepal.
Rebuilding the Future of Nepal
BY NEVO SHINAAR
ON SEP 29, 2015
"We cannot control nature. It does what it does. However we can control human nature and our ability to work together in the face of these odds."
In Rebuilding the Future of Nepal, from our Inspire Nepal Channel, Nevo Shinaar shares the story of his involvement in the Earthquake in Nepal in 2015. After committing for 10 month's work as a volunteer in Nepal, aimed to help rural communities become more resilient to globalisation and external changes, and to enhance their quality of life, Shinaar had such a meaningful experience that he decided to stay longer and facilitate a new group of volunteers. Within another 8 months, the ravaging earthquake sent the entire country into a state of disarray particularly the very communities with with whom he'd be working. In trying to address the needs of these communities in ways that were most relevant and effective he learned some life lessons, and shares them with us here.
This was "Presenation of the Day" on Friday October 2nd, 2015.