Cleaning Campaign Bagmati 2009 & “Nepal’s support of disabled persons”
Aim of the campaign
Bagmati River in Nepal is one of the most sacred rivers for Hindu and Buddhist people. In Katmandu valley, which is registered as world heritage, its pollution reached an alarming level – even aggravating with an enhancing speed.
Groundwork Fukuoka tries to intervene by arranging cleaning campaigns which do not only aim at cleaning the river but also at supporting a growing awareness of the residents towards environmental issues. Eventually, the residents should gain the ability to deal with the pollution autonomously.
The other part of the project deals with the integration of disabled persons. The plan is to start a dialogue with disabled persons in Kaski district of Nepal and encourage their integration and development.
Groundwork Fukuoka’s involvement
In 2004, NPO Groundwork Fukuoka together with Nepalese exchange students did organize a cleaning campaign in Fukuoka, Japan. Additionally, the exchange students participated in the creation of an herbal garden at the Fukuoka school for blind students and supported the realization of “Flower Joint Concert” where disabled persons perform. These activities raised their awareness towards environmental problems and lacking integration of disabled people in their home country, too. Their wish to react was the birth of “Cleaning Campaign 2009 and Nepal’s support of disabled persons” which has the same goal as Groundwork Fukuoka: to aim at a barrier free society that lives in a beautiful an integer environment.
The schedule of the program is the following:
A) Cleaning Campaign Bagmati 2009
1) Time: September 20th 2009, 9:00 – 13:00
9:00 – 9:30 opening ceremony
9:30 – 10:00 PR
10:00 – 11:30 cleaning activity
11:30 – 12:30 lunch
12:30 – 13:30 PR
2) Place: Tilganga-area of Bagmati River
about 100 residents of Katmandu, Nepal
about 100 students of Toribuban University and Riereinsu University
about 50 members of the Nepalese Government
about 50 members of GW Fukuoka and HCT (Himalaya Charitable Trust)
about 300 in total
B) Nepal’s support of disabled persons
1) Time: September 21st, 2009
2) Place: Kaski District Office, Pokhara Nepal
3) Participants: about 30 members of GW Fukuoka and HCT (Himalaya Charitable Trust)
About 20 residents of Kaski District
About 20 disabled persons
About 70 in total
translated and summarized by Johanna Viktor