Sagarmatha International works in three regions of Nepal.
Thulopakhar, Sindhupalchowk District
is in the North-east of Kathmandhu, five hours drive from the capital city, two
hours from Tibet border. It 's a mountainous area above 2000 meters, where 6,000
people reside in ten villages. The road access is limited to one side of the
valley, while on the other side villages can be accessed only on foot. For the
whole area education and health
services are limited to four schools and one health center.
The community is very active and well organized. In Nepal, local tradition and
culture have a strong sense of solidarity leading for example to make joint
work during the harvest season or to build small infrastructures such as
irrigation canals, trails, unpaved stretches of road.
"Thulopakhar Village Development Committee", the local committee, is
elected by the community to identify the population needs and promote solutions
to fill the gaps. In Thulopakhar the main sources of income are agriculture (mainly for
self-consumption) and internal
remittances sent by relatives leaving the village to work in other regions
of Nepal (on permanent or seasonal basis). Therefore Thulopakar area has been targeted
by Sagarmatha International development action in 2008 under the informal program.
Since 2011, as soon as the solid school
building hosting 120 children was
finished, Sagarmatha has been committed in a feasibility study to achieve the
next goal: to build a health center
to serve the entire area and 6000 residents. In the area is very active the
“Women Community”, a five hundred women association that mobilize resources to run
a small microfinance program and pay for basic health services. The association
is self-financed and operates through membership fees and monthly savings’ collection
of 100 Rupees (one Euro) from each member.
Bungamati is a tipical Newari village of the sixteenth
century located in Lalitpur District, an hour’s drive north of Kathmandu.
The main sources of income are agriculture and
handicraft. Bungmati is famous for finely woodcarving artisans. In Bungmati
Sagarmatha International works with woodcarving artisans and a group of skilled metal craftsmen
producing finely decorated objects of exquisite workmanship thanks to an art
handed down from father to son.
Located in the district taking its name, five hours drive from Kathmandu and 2,200 m in height, Gorka was the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shan, the conqueror of the Kathmandu Valley and founder of modern Nepal.
climbing the stairs that stand behind the homes of the artisans of Sagarmatha International, we can see the Durbar Gorka, a magnificent example of Newari architecture, exquisite and powerful at the same time a fortress, palace and temple, a place of pilgrimage and devotion. In Gorka
Sagarmatha is working with a small group of weavers.
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