Hello from KRMEF! It’s been a while since our last update, but hopefully this will be the first in a regular series from now on. So much has happened since our last post, I can’t possibly fit it all here, so please see our most recent newsletter for an update up until this post. Krishna in the United States Krishna is having a wonderful time in America, visiting family and old friends. He’s been speaking to lots of potential partners and students learning about biodynamism and sustainability. Yesterday he gave a presentation in Wisconsin, where he spoke about “The American Dream”. We’re excited to hear more about his travels in the coming months. I’ve you’d like to know more, please see his personal Facebook. Giving out of winter packs Once again this year, people around Nepal who lost their homes in the 2015 earthquakes face spending a winter in temporary shelters susceptible to the cold weather. KRMEF gave out dozens of packs of warm blankets, mattresses, pillows and covers last year, which were essential to keeping vulnerable families warm. This year we again made these packs available for those that needed them, making sure that no one in our area …
Written by Jimmy Pritchard, Nicole Lacker, Tess Greenberg & Loren Intolubbe-Chmil By Tuesday afternoon on the 24th of May, we had all arrived in the Kathmandu Valley as participants in the Johnson & Wales University Sustainability and Community Engagement in Nepal study abroad program – each of us have had very different traveling experiences, and only one of us had been to Nepal before. After a mid-afternoon cab ride through the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, we arrived at the place that would become our home for the next two weeks – the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation (KRMEF). We made introductions and learned more about where we would be staying during our time here. As we prepare to depart – just two weeks later – this post is a combination of reflections that each of us would like to share, giving just a small glimpse into our experience at KRMEF and in Nepal. The focus of this study abroad course is on sustainable practice and engagement within the local context- and we started right away to learn more about what is going on at KRMEF that would support learning and contribution with those interests in mind. We started …
This Monday we started construction work on the third floor of our Ankuran Education Center. In preparation for the construction, we collected hundreds of empty bottles and shredded paper, most of which was generously donated by the American Embassy, as well as sand and clay from around the Foundation. Our volunteers helped in the building process, which included their first “carry-like-a-nepali-experience”. Check back in soon to see our progress!
Last week, we welcomed Diana Brugos back to our foundation to this time work on a new project with our handicraft workshop: Sock Monkeys. Diana is an Operative for Operation Sock Monkey, an NGO based in Canada that spreads the concept of “craftivism” by supporting humanitarian organizations that work with communities around the world affected by disaster, social and political turmoil, and disease. During her stay, Diana held a workshop that trained our ladies on how to make these loveable crafts. Almost instantly, the creative energy started to flow, with each monkey adorning a unique design, from beaded hair to decorative embroidery. We ended the week with 37 monkeys made, five of which were sold at the 1905 Farmers/NGO Market and to patrons of a local restaurant in Thamel. “I am so glad to have had the opportunity to come back home to KRMEF and to the amazing crafters at the workshop! God willing, I will be back next year with new products!” said Diana. Big thanks to Diana for bringing both sock monkey-making skills and her boundless energy back to KRMEF! If you are interested in finding out more about Operation Sock Monkey, visit their website at www.operationsockmonkey.com.
We are now officially cooperating with Acacia, a developmental donation organization from Switzerland. All money donated to this organization for our foundation and other international projects is tax exempt. For further information you can visit their webpage at http://www.acacia-verein.ch/ Thank you for visiting us and your inspiration keeps us going.
Leela’s Eco Café is up and running now for over a month and we are getting great reviews. We are constantly updating and improving the quality of our service, food, drinks and overall atmosphere for the enjoyment and comfort of our customers. Our most recent success was completing new restrooms with toilets and a washroom for the convenience of our clientele. Our latest event was hosting a lunch for the Community Hike to Champadevi Mountain. Within this event we served around 50 happy international customers who enjoyed authentic and delicious Nepali cuisine before their KRMEF sponsored hike. We look forward to hosting more community activities for locals and tourists alike in the near future.
Our foundation is located at the base of the Champadevi Mountain, a holy site for Hindus and a popular route for trekkers. Our volunteers have been hard at work installing trail markers, trash bins, and painted signs giving information about the local birds, butterflies, plant life, mountain history, and a map of the trail route. The trail goes through a local mountain village, passes a Hindu temple, and from there continues to the main mountain peak which stands at 2,350 meters (7,710 feet) above sea level. This peak offers a scenic and serene view of the Himalaya mountain range, the Kathmandu Valley and on very clear days, even India. The total trail from top to bottom takes approximately three hours. Another option is available at the main junction, found halfway up the mountain trail. From this point, trekkers can visit Pharping, a little village surrounded by Buddhist monasteries, providing a rich Nepali cultural experience. Do not forget to stop by KRMEF’s newly opened Leela’s Eco-Cafe to have a taste of delicious, authentic, and affordable Nepali Cuisine before or after your trek.
We are very excited to announce the grand opening of Leela’s Eco Cafe on Saturday, February 28th! The event will feature a guided tour of KRMEF, live music, and a FREE dinner featuring vegetables from our very own bio-dynamic garden! The celebration will start at 3:00pm and continue through the evening. Drinks- alcoholic and non-alcoholic- will be available for purchase. We would like to extend our invitation to you, your friends, and your family! Please join us on the 28th for the celebration of KRMEF’s newest evolution. Check out the official event invitation and our new brochure below. We hope to see you all here!