Successful Basic Introduction to Ecotourism Management Program in West Nepal!
Three weeks ago, Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) partnered with SNV and Nepal Trust (as part of the Great Himalayan Trail project) to provide basic ecotourism training for about 70 people in the Dolpa and Humla districts of West Nepal. Participants were a mix of men and women (approx. 1/3 men) from a variety of occupations, such as lodge and teashop owners, vegetable farmers, and members of women’s groups.
Three international volunteers taught classes on Environment and Conservation, First Aid/Hygiene, and Basic English Conversation while I taught a course on Tourism and Trekking. The classes were successful in teaching the program participants some basic and important information. Follow up in the near future will expand upon these lessons, and hopefully improvements in the standard of living and tourism industry in these regions will be seen. With the help of Nepal Trust workers, individual action plans were put together for each participant. Over the coming year, Nepal Trust will continue working with these individuals to ensure that these plans are successfully carried out.
Many thanks to Pema Lama, a local health worker from Nepal Trust who led a class on Women’s Health, SHIP (Society for Human Improvement and Protection) Nepal who led classes on agriculture, many other Nepal Trust workers who helped with course translation, and SNV and Nepal Trust for their partnership. Hopefully, future collaborations with SHIP Nepal, RIDS (Rural Integrative Development Services), SNV, and Nepal Trust will develop and grow.
This week, we were excited to send off our female ice climbers with their dedicated instructors from MMF (Magic Mountain Foundation) Poland as they left for their base camp. They will be gone for approximately 3 weeks, and during that time they will attempt to summit Chulu West (6419 m) and Chulu Central (6429 m). We wish them the best of luck!
Until next time,
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