History of the Global Peace Exchange Nepal Project

In summer of 2012, GPE sent four FSU students for 12 weeks to establish a partnership with Clinic Nepal, a non-profit organization located in Meghauli and Daldale, Chitwan, Nepal. Hari Bhandary, founder of Clinic Nepal, started this organization in 1997 with a vision to provide the local community access to clean water, sanitary facilities, healthcare, and education. During this first trip, volunteers were able assist in the expansion and improvement of the Friendship Health Clinic, Wolfgang Linke Kindergarten, Friendship Scout Troop, and Asha Ko Kiran Children’s Hostel through volunteering time daily and facilitating key donations specific to each entity. Most importantly, the volunteers were able to critically evaluate how future GPE volunteers could contribute more effectively and sustainably.

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Nepal Development Project 2013 Team with Sunil Paudel, GPE Nepal Advisor.

In spring of 2013, Hari Bhandary came to visit Florida State University to speak about Clinic Nepal and to endorse the work of GPE in Meghauli and Daldale. In summer of 2013, GPE sent a team of six FSU students for ten weeks and were joined by Saurav Bhandary from Birmingham Southern College (BSC) to continue the project. Volunteers facilitated a summer camp on leadership, environmental sustainability, and health and hygiene. This included challenge course facilitation, donating 1,500 reusable bags and installing several concrete dustbins at local chouks (Nepali for intersection), and organizing the scouts to teach the kindergarten and local community about the environment and hand-washing. Volunteers also taught English to local community members and conducted interviews with Clinic Nepal special treatment patients.

Saurav Bhandary and Wesley Chambers officially founded Bimingham-Southern College’s GPE chapter on the fall of 2013.

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Nepal Development Project 2014

In summer of 2014, GPE sent five FSU student volunteers for ten weeks. They were joined by two BSC students for a third year in Nepal. The volunteers continued the environmental project greatly supported by Hari and the entire Meghauli community and to facilitated a summer camp for both the scouts and hostel children on dental and personal hygiene, self-defense and yoga, and self-esteem. Volunteers also continued teaching English and implemented the GPE Kindle Project which involved a loan system of three to five Kindles to the older community in order to counter the unsustainable practice of bringing donated physical books with light-weight e-readers that can double as English learning devices.

Unfortunately, due to the devastating earthquake which occurred in Nepal shortly before the volunteers were set to leave for the project, the Nepal Project was not continued during the summer of 2015.

In summer of 2016, GPE sent a team of four Florida State University students who were joined by two students from Birmingham Southern College for a fifth year to continue Nepal project.

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