NEPAL: SHAKING UP THE STATUS QUO
By BLAIR GLENCORSE and SUJEEV SHAKYA, JUNE 1, 2015
The New York Times features the views of Sujeev Shakya, Himalayan Consensus Executive Board, founder of Nepal Economic Forum, on how youth civil society groups have responded to Nepal's Earthquake under the collective voice "Nepal Rises." Nepal's youth in responding to crisis represent the essence of Himalayan Consensus. Sujeev tells us the story that the mainstream media (almost) forgot:
“Ke garne?” an old lady said to us, tears pouring down her cheeks, as we visited her earthquake-battered village in the Dhading district of Nepal last month: “What to do?” With a history of repeated crises — political, economic and natural — it has become the Nepali way to shrug one’s shoulders and hope for the best.
On June 12, 2015 a Himalayan Consensus fundraiser "Adopt a Temple" was held at Hong Kong's swanky Kee Club to raise funds as a kick-off for a program of temple restoration in Kathmandu Valley. Special thanks Christian Rhomberg, Chairman of Kee Club and Stilvino who sponsored the selection of wines that evening.
Sujeev Shakya, founder of Nepal Economic Forum and Himalayan Consensus Executive Board has been a leader in organizing volunteers and youth organizations in the post earthquake relief effort in Nepal. Sujeev explains, "We have been trying to through our not-for-profit focus on just one village at Sindhupalchowk comprising of 560 households with 2500+ people and see how we can contribute to bringing their lives back to normal working with communities."
Dwarikas is supporting a refugee camp of over 400 people using hotel management skills for organisation and departmentalization.
Ambica Shresta, Dwarika founder, and her daughter Shresta are showing how business skills can best respond to crisis.
Dwarikas founder Ambica Shresta, of Himalayan Consensus Advisory Board takes lead on relief efforts in Kavre where Dhulikel is located. Her family's blog:
ONE MONTH AFTER THE NEPAL EARTHQUAKE DISASTER RELIEF IN KAVRE. THE FOLLOWING IS A FULL REPORT.
We have crossed one month since the initial earthquake. Our team of Nepali and international volunteers (www.kavreearthquake.org) has distributed more than 12,000 waterproof tarps to about 70,000 people. We have mainly focused on Kavre district, though now also distributed tarps, demolition tools, and mosquito nets to Rasuwa, Dhading, Dolakha, and Kathmandu. Spreadsheet of interventions is attached. By May 31, this acute relief will be finished.
amending and strengthening Bhutan's National Waste Regulations
Over the past month Himalayan Consensus has been serving in Bhutan, as adviser to the National Environmental Commission on reform of the Waste and Prevention Act of Bhutan. Himalayan Consensus founder Laurence Brahm is an international lawyer by background and has been working with Bhutan's National Environmental Commission helping to integrate the national integrated solid waste management strategy of 2014 with the previous regulations that were written in 2009.