A joint initiative of National Planning Commission and Himalayan Climate Initiative
Kathmandu, 3 August, 2015: National Volunteering Program (NVP) has launched Districts Reconstruction Network of 14 Â It’s motive is Â to create a local sustainable youth force which will be ready to work for the nation in any kind of economic, social and environmental contingencies that may occur. NVP is jointly run by Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission (NPC), National Development Volunteer Service (NDVS) and Himalayan Climate Initiative.
Amidst a program organised in Kathmandu today, the reconstruction network of fourteen districts was formally launched by Prof. Dr. Govind Raj Pokhrel, Vice Chairperson of NPC, where district coordinators from all the fourteen districts were formally introduced and welcomed to the NVP team. The District Coordinators, Mr. Ganesh Dhungana from Dhading, Mr. Sagar Karki from Chitwan, Mr. Sangam Babu Shrestha from Gorkha, Mr. Raj Kumar Bhattarai from Nuwakot, Ms. Chandra Kala Chhetri from Sindhupalchok, Mr. Suraj Shrestha Kaverpalanchok, Mr. Jeetu Khadka from Ramechhap, Mr. Deep Narayan Shrestha from Sindhuli, Ms. Lakpa Sherpa from Dolakha, Ms. Rasmi Silpakar from Bhaktapur, Ms. Prateema Upreti from Kathmandu, Mr. Ananta Kumar Baniya from Makwanpur and Mr. Santosh Ghale from Rasuwa are responsible to take forward all the works of NVP to their respective districts to expedite the process of working on the local level.
The program was held in presence of all of NVPâ€™s co-implementing partners Yuwa, Youth Initiative, Kathmandu Living Lab, Sano Paila and Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities.
Dr. Pokhrel appreciated the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts made by the National Volunteers under NVP in the aftermath of the earthquake. Addressing the program, he said, â€œif we can mobilise our youth force in various socio-economic activities along with rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts then only Nepal can lead to path of progressive developmentâ€.
Prashant Singh, Founder and CEO of Himalayan Climate Initiative, who have devoted more than 15 years of his life in volunteering for the nation by doing various impactful activities, said â€œPatriotism is not only about singing national anthem or waving the national flag, if anyone does some impactful work to help the society and people with honesty, it is also love for the nation and this is more patrioticâ€.Â He stressed on the need of promoting and encouraging volunteerism in Nepal.
Giving an overview of the National Volunteering Program, Pradip Khatiwada, the National Coordinator declared that NVP will be creating and maintaining a pool of at least 20,000 committed volunteers to provide help to the government, its development partners, and other philanthropic initiatives to address social, environmental and economic contingencies emanating from the recent earthquake and beyond. He also urged more and more Nepalis to join in and work collectively for the nation as NVP aims to reach all 75 districts in foreseeable future.â€
The launch program was followed with a discussion session where in all NVP district coordinators, co-implementing partners and national volunteers discussed on NVPâ€™s action plan, way to move forward and, about strengthening the role of NVP in future. Members present also shared their experiences and efforts made to help people and society in local level after the quake. Everyone present was proud to be able to work as National Volunteers and emphasized to keep the spirit of volunteerism alive in Nepali youth.
About National Volunteering Program
NVP is set up in the aftermath of disastrous earthquake that hit the country on 25th of April, 2015.Â NVP inspires Nepali citizens to volunteer for the country, enrolls them, provides them orientation, and deploys them in relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts. It expedites the volunteers to develop projects in this regard, and use innovative means to raise resources to implement such projects. NVP volunteers work in coordination with the national and local government agencies across Nepal while undertaking their duties. NVP collaborates with like-minded civil society groups and organizations working across Nepal.
Nation First: Volunteer. Learn. Lead.
NVP functions with â€˜Nation Firstâ€™ or â€˜Rastra Pahileâ€™ motto. NVP believes that given the sad state of our country today, it is the duty of every Nepali citizen to put the interest of the Nation before her or his self-interest. NVP believes volunteering provides a unique learning opportunity, and a much more realistic perspective of â€˜what is going on in the countryâ€™ to the volunteers. NVP believes volunteers, as and when they get a chance to lead the society, will lead it better. NVP is constituted to build back what got lost- and build them back better.
NVP currently runs three different projects for Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction efforts.
RELIEF: Share and Care– NVP maintains a committed group of volunteers to identify the urgent relief-needs of the most vulnerable parts of the society. They collect resources- food, clothes, and other day-to-day necessities of the needy. They deliver the resources to the most needy. NVP coordinates with appropriate government agencies in the process, and maintains complete transparency of all transactions at all times by publishing it real-time on the web.
REHABILITATION: Sadbhaw– NVP maintains a committed group of volunteers to identify the urgent rehab-needs of the most vulnerable parts of the society. They bring in expertise- counselors, educators, entertainers, doctors, and other experts to help the rehabilitation of the needy. They put together temporary camps and learning centers to deliver these services. NVP coordinates with appropriate government agencies in the process.
RECONSTRUCTION: Suraxit Ghar-Resilient Homes– NVP maintains a committed group of volunteers to design and construct earthquake-safe, environment friendly, quick-to-build affordable homes using easily available and reusable materials. The volunteers collect resources to build such homes for the needy. NVP coordinates with appropriate government agencies in the process, and maintains complete transparency of all transactions at all times by publishing it real-time on the web.
For further information:
Pradip Khatiwada- (98419-00488)
Himalayan Climate Initiative
www.himalayanclimate.org/nvp or www.nvp.org.np