Ambassador of Nepal welcomed to Bendigo.

        

By Julie Sloan, Rotary Club of Bendigo

The AusNep Foundation Inc. and the Rotary Club of Bendigo was proudly supported by the Nepal Consulate Office in Melbourne, to hold a welcome session in the City of Greater Bendigo for the Ambassador of Nepal to Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Lucky Sherpa, and the Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria, Mr. Chandron Yonzon and accompanying delegation.

Members of the local Nepalese community attended with ladies resplendent in their national dress of rainbows of colours including vibrant red, purple, green and gold Saris. Ms Karen Smith from Dja Dja Wurrung Clans performed a “Welcome to Country”. This was followed by inspiring speeches from Umesh Shrestha, Tejaswi Giri, Jenny Donaldson and delegates. 

I was honoured to represent the Rotary Club of Bendigo on Sunday 30 July on behalf of the club’s President Valerie Broad and the Board and Club members and was privileged to present an overview of the club’s project-work in Nepal. The presentation highlighted the way in which Rotary and the club works with communities in Nepal to support, implement and provide projects, which benefit the Nepalese people including clean water, disease prevention, and economic development programs. 

I explained that the club established a Nepal Health Promotion Committee in 2013 to guide project-work in Nepal and that projects advocate inclusive social transformation and are under-pinned by six Rotary Service Priorities including: Water and sanitation, Disease prevention and treatment, Basic education and literacy and Economic and community development

An outline of four projects was given:

  1. Clean Water Projects in the remote villages of Ockaldunga, Rasuwa, Karkany;
  2. Health promotion and disease prevention work with Leprosy affected people;
  3. Training and Education Scholarship enabling opportunities for youth and retention of skilled health workers in Nepal;
  4. Micro-Finance Project with Progress Self-Help Group whereby group members a quota of livestock to generate domestic income and aim to distribute 10% of income generated to other Leprosy Self-Help Groups thereby enabling group members to start-up similar programs that generate employment and income opportunities.

Her Excellency, Mrs Lucky Sherpa, was very interested in our projects involving the clean water, micro-finance and training and education scholarship projects, thanked the club for its work in Nepal and offered future assistance. The delegation applauded when I explained that club members had undertaken a successful study tour to Nepal in 2016 with a second trip being planned for 2018. 

Thank you to a great local team and Zeb Pinder and the Consulate Team for their hard work in making this significant event successful. Big thanks for generosity in providing a great venue and catering goes to Adrian McMahon and the fantastic team at The Bendigo Club. 

The club is proud of its collaboration with AusNep Foundation and wishes to consolidate the warm partnerships and friendships which we have established and will continue to grow into the future.


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