• Learn About and Experience Developing Countries:

    Study Camp in Nepal

    Application deadline : Until DEC 31

  • One and a half years have past

    since the major earthquake in Nepal

    A massive earthquake hit Nepal at 11:56 local time on April 25, 2015. Its epicenter was the east of Gorkha District at Barpak, Gorkha, and its hypocenter was at a depth of approximately 15 km. According to the USGS, the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8.

    Deaths: 8,567

    Injuries: 15,269

    Refugees : approximately 8 million (nearly 30% of the population)

    More than 1 year has past since that day.

    Do you know their present circumstance?

  • The Current Situation of Refugees

    Voices of the people who keep supporting them in the stricken area

    Life in the shelter

    There is an area of shelters in the suburb of Kathmandu. Many people from the Sindhu Palchowk District, which is a city that suffered great damage, are living there. The number of shelters is a little less than 200.

     

    They make their living by doing day labor or working as truck drivers. A truck driver is a job which requires a long drive to carry freight through the Sindhu Palchowk District along the border of China. The government promotes people to go back home, yet many of them still have not returned.

    Reasons they cannot go back home

    There are mainly two reasons why they cannot go back home and live there again. One is that the earthquake destroyed their houses by the landslide. The other is that they already started a new life in Kathmandu. Children go to schools there, and it would cost a decent amount of money to move back again. The government invested funds for individual refugees to rebuild their houses, but in reality the relief fund is not enough and many people didn't even receive it.

    What's on their mind?

    Surely the refugees want to go back to their hometowns and live there again. It's the only place where they have their own property. They make vegetables there and go back and forth between their hometowns and Kathmandu since their children have already started to go to school in Kathmandu.

  • The Purpose of This Tour and Our Principle

    It's difficult to find out about this kind of information unless you actually go there and see with your own eyes.

    Through this study tour, we would like our participants to feel the reality of these issues.

    The tour will be planned by a local coordinator who knows the local situation well.

    The aim for this tour:Get to know social issues and get young people interested in it

    The gap between the rich and the poor is a serious issue worldwide, yet it remains to be unresolved. However, it's also true that it's quite difficult to notice the seriousness of this issue when you live in wealthy developed countries. We want more people to become interested in overseas countries. Hence we made "Worlli.com" which is an internet media providing various international information. Now, as our second step, we planned a tour to go to a developing country.

     

    I am confident that each participant will have a powerful experience that cannot be expressed by words. We want you to make good use of what you felt and experienced after you go back to your own country.

     

    The aim of this tour is to find out about the situation of developing countries and think about what we can do. To be more specific, first we will investigate the situation of the local people in different places who are suffering from poverty and clarify the issues. Based on this information, we will plan a social business while getting advice from the local people.

    Principle of this tour:"For you" spirit

    When thinking about one's personal growth or success, I believe that first you need to think about and act for others. In other words, change your perspective from "you" to "others". In this tour, we will be constantly thinking about what we can do for people in developing countries. This tour may be an opportunity to change the view towards your life.

  • Content of the Study Camp

    In this tour, we will get to understand the situations in developing countries and think about what we can do.

     

    When thinking about international cooperation, many people assume that it's not valuable unless it's a big contribution. However, that is not always the case. For instance, holding workshops and giving presentations about what you experienced or sending out information through blogging are also worthy ways of international cooperation.

    1:Get to know / Learn about their current situations

    We will interview local people to get to know their issues deeply.

    ・ Visit local NPOs (orphanage, hospital, care facilities for women, etc. - We are planning to visit "Mighty Nepal" which received The Hero of the Year Award in CNN Heroes.)

    ・Visit a Tibet refugee camp

    ・Visit a refugee camp where victims of the earthquake are staying.

    ・Homestay at local homes.

    ・Visit a vocational-training school which we are planning to support by crowd funding.

    *These contents may be changed.

    2:Put ideas into shape and give a presentation

    We will think about how we can solve the issues at the vocational-training school and refugee camps and give a presentation.

    • Framework study on how to be persistent on ideas
    • Workshop on how to cultivate your strength
    • Lectures on how to raise funds
    • Daily meetings
    • We will invite local activists and give a presentation of our ideas to receive their feedback. We will work on improving our project according to their advice.

    *Projects that are highly possible will be put into action right after coming back to Japan.

    Ex) Crowdfunding, joining events, etc.

  • What can I learn through this tour?

    Get to know the real situations of a developing country, explore what we can do, and take it into action.

    Get to know the reality of a developing country

    This is the only tour arranged by a local conductor

    There is nothing better than going there and seeing things yourself. It's much more valuable than learning through books or the media. This time we are collaborating with a local coordinator who has been running a traveling agency for years. You will be able to see the deeper parts of Nepal than in other study tours provided.

    You can put your ideas into shape

    Get feedbacks from experts

    In this tour, we will not only get to know about the local situation but also think about what we can do. The more you investigate the situation in Nepal, the more ideas you will naturally come up with. Furthermore you can receive a lecture on how to put your ideas into action by the proposer of this tour, Ikeda.

    We will present our ideas to the local NGO and receive feedback. Based on this, we will come up with a project prototype.

    Visit various kinds of NPOs, NGOs

    Selection of top level domestic groups

    We will visit volunteer groups which are working for solutions of issues in developing countries. Those groups were strictly chosen by the local coordinator who has been doing volunteer work for more than 20 years and has built connections with them. We are also planning to visit "Mighty Nepal" which received The Hero of the Year Award in CNN Heroes.

    Be inspired by fellow participants

    Exchange students or foreigners will also join

    This tour is not only for people who live in Japan but also for students studying abroad or even foreigners. Through talking and exploring together, participants will be inspired by each other who come from various types of backgrounds.

  • We will also do crowdfunding!

    Before going on the actual tour, we will be looking for people who will financially support us through crowdfunding. We don't want this tour to be "just for fun", but instead something that can contribute to something for a higher purpose. More specifically, we have a project titled "Build a dressmaking school to support the independence of families living in poverty." Later on we will posting information on why we decided to make a dressmaking school, who we will be supporting, and who we will be working with. The details of the project will be shown by end of December.

    Why a dressmaking school and not relief supplies?

    They need support to get a stable income in order to send their children to school.

    Many Japanese supporters have built schools for children, but still there are some who cannot go. That is mainly because their parents are not financially independent. Therefore, I believe that teaching them how to earn money is more worthy than giving relief supplies. That is the reason we decided to build a dressmaking school.

    Do donations from overseas reach the local people?

    It is actually risky to give donations directly to local groups!

    When we interviewed the people at the refugee camp, the very first things they said was, "Unless you directly visit each tent one by one and give what you prepared individually, the people here will never receive relief supplies equally. If you give it directly to groups, they use the money to buy houses or cars." It was quite a shocking thing to hear, but that is the reality. Moreover, when you do projects in developing countries, you need to register or renew contracts. Otherwise the group will be charged by the government and will be forced to stop their activities. SomeJapanese groups that were doing projects in Nepal have also been charged.

    Who will be the teacher of the school?

    A lecturer and manager of a government project

    The teacher's name is Shanti Pariyar, a wife of a dressmaker caste. Now, she has her own shop. Before she had her own shop, she learned dressmaking in a government project called "Women Skill Development Project-Lekhanath,Kaski." After that, she has been teaching for ten years as a lecturer of the project. She is teaching and managing her shop at the same time.

    Refugees at the refugee camp

    A blind girl and her grandma

    Their house in Sindhupalchowk was destroyed. They moved to the refugee camp after the disaster. It is hard for their family to make a living, so this girl's mother and sister want to learn dressmaking. However, one of them has to stay at home to take care of the family, so they say they will go by taking turns.

    Family living in poverty at Pokhara 1

    A single mother living with her son

    This is Kopila Kumal, age 43, and her son, age 16. Her husband passed away 2 years ago and they have no property. She barely makes a living by doing laundry and house working in other families. It is impossible to provide education for her son in this situation.

    Family living in poverty at Pokhara 2

    Children cannot go to school

    Deepa K.C., age 33, and her family. Her husband is working at a construction site. The wage is $5-6 (USD) / day. He cannot work when it's raining or when they cannot obtain construction materials, so the income is unstable. Their monthly income is about $100-150 (USD). This can barely provide food for their family of 5 but is not enough to send her 6 year old son to kindergarten.

    Family living in poverty at Pokhara 3

    This is Tara Basnet, age 34 and her family. She is the relative of Ms. Tsuneko's (the coordinator of this study tour) husband. Her husband's name is Ramesh. He used to work as a police but has retired, and now he is farming. Since his salary as a police officer was low, his pension is almost nothing, making his family very poor. His house was the smallest of all that I investigated. They want to learn dressmaking at the school.

    How effective will it be if the crowdfunding succeeds?

    The school will allow 100 students to learn per year and they will be able to earn by themselves.

    We have currently bought 4 sewing machines and started training experimentally. Two or three people can receive training on one machine, And their skill reaches the level of getting a job in about 3 months. This time we will bring in 8 new machines, so there will be a total of 12 machines. The school can support 100 people a year for their financial independence.

    Who is the local coordinator?

    Her name is Ms. Tsuneko Neupane who appeared on a Japanese TV show「世界の日本人妻は見た!」("What a Japanese Wife Saw in the World!")

    Our project is collaborating with Ms. Tsuneko Neupane who also appeared on a Japanese TV show「世界の日本人妻は見た!」("What a Japanese Wife Saw in the World!") Ms. Tsuneko has been doing various kinds of activities to support the people in Nepal. She feels that supporting by giving relief supplies has limits for the development of this country. After the earthquake, she worked with a Japanese medical team as a translator.

  • Supporters welcome!

    Currently I am preparing to release a Readyfor page for this project. People who are willing to support through crowdfunding or are interested in this project for Nepal, please contact us.

    *If you support our crowdfunding, you will get a discount on the Study Camp

    *Ikeda : +81-80-3436-7077

  • Proposer's blog

    Writing my thoughts.

    There are no published blog posts yet.
  • Detailed information of the tour

    f【Form】Volunteer work and study program, meeting up and dismiss there in Nepal

     

    【Period】11-18 FEB or 18-25 FEB

    7 nights 8days(Including1night staying during flight, meet up and dismissal in Nepal)

    *It will be decided by the end of December

     

    【Country to visit】Republic of Nepal

     

    【Language】English, Japanese, Nepali

    We have a Japanese coordinator guiding us through the full schedule.

     

    【Accommodation】City hotel(2 people in 1 room)& homestay

    ※possible to have 1 room on your own (additional charge )

     

    【Number of participants】Around 10 people (minimum number is 6)

    * Application will be accepted in order of arrival. Deadline is the end of December.

    *Applying in groups is also accepted.

     

    【Flight ticket】

     

    【Meal】3 times / day (basically local food)

     

    【Qualification】

    Students and adults over 18 whose motive of participation matches with this program.

    It would be good if you have experience in developing countries but it is not essential.

     

    【Program fee】90000JPY(around 781US$) (Excluding flight tickets.)

     

    *Discount 10000JPY will be given to first 5 people.

    *Cloud-funding supporters can get special discount!

     

    *The fee includes

    Accommodation, food expenses(3 meals a day), some expenses for this program (driving, facilities etc.)

     

    * The fee excludes

    Flight tickets, facility charges in Airport, insurance, charge of visa, vaccination, souvenir etc.

     

    【Schedule】It ill be posted when it is finalized.

  • Consultation

    If anyone is interested in the internship program, please contact us for a consultation. We will concretely explain the purpose of this program and want to know what you would like to do there. Ikeda's LINE account is "bahutaka", so you can contact me directly.

  • Cooperating groups

    WiLL inc.

    http://will-b.tokyo/

    A company of human resource business whose motto is raise young people to have "for you spirit."

    世界を身近に感じるメディア「Worlli」

    http://worlli.com/

    Delivering informations by global youths. Increasing young people who are interested in the world.

    Furusato

    http://www.furusatohimalayan.com/

    A company planning travel tours for Japanese travelers in Nepal.

  • Proposer : Yoshitaka Ikeda

    ​I want to create a environment for young people around the world to challenge to do new things!

    ◆Personal history

    2001~2008 : Studied in Korea

    2012 : Studied in the Philippines & travel around Southeast Asia

    2014 : Took part in starting up a Japanese restaurant in the Dominican Republic. Specifically, field surveys, fund-raising and planning of the business.

    2014 : Became director of WiLL inc. Established a business of mediating for students to study abroad.

    2015 : Launched a website. 世界をグッと身近に感じるメディアを立上げるworlli

     

    ・Personal blog 個人ブログ(私がソーシャルビジネスに興味を持ち始めたきっかけとは?)

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