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Wisdom Wednesdays

Why is there a connection between child trafficking and children’s homes?
Why are more than 16,000 children living in children’s homes in Nepal?
How do you know if volunteering is helping or hindering children?
Why are most children living in orphanages not orphans?
What does “giving back” really mean?
What is ethical tourism?

Happening in Kathmandu every Wednesday. Everyone welcome!

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wisdom Wednesdays is an innovative program of talks run by Next Generation Nepal and its partners about ethical volunteering. Our expert speakers work in international development, responsible tourism, child rights, volunteering, and diplomatic missions. What unites them is their passion and commitment to supporting children in Nepal, and their belief that, through being mindful and informed, everyone has the ability to make a positive contribution. Each speaker will share personal stories, interesting anecdotes and engaging insights from their work in Nepal. They will offer tips and advice for travelers, volunteers, tourism professionals and others on how to avoid common pitfalls and scams and make your experiences in Nepal positive and fulfilling.

Location: Paddy Foleys Irish Pub and Restaurant, first floor, opposite Kathmandu Guest House, Thamel, Kathmandu

When: Every Wednesday, from March 22nd until April 26th

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Weekly Schedule

March 22: Samjyor Lama and Rupa Sitaula will tell stories from Next Generation Nepal. Two volunteers—from America and France—stumbled across an illegal child trafficking ring run through Nepali orphanages. Now, NGN works to rescue children from abusive orphanages and reunite them with their families. Learn about how “orphanage trafficking” works in Nepal, why orphanage volunteers may inadvertently be part of the problem, and how instead you can be part of the solution through ethical volunteering and other ways of "giving back.”

March 29: Kyle Mohamed from The Umbrella Foundation will talk about their work fighting the root causes of orphanage trafficking in rural Nepal and their experiences of rescuing and reintegrating children from corrupt orphanages. Learn how they have been helped in their efforts by ex-trafficked youth who have volunteered their time to support this important cause, and how international volunteers can also have a role in making a positive difference.

April 5: Dorje Gurung, former international science teacher from Mustang, has traveled around the globe teaching, speaking and volunteering his time training teachers. Since giving up his teaching career almost four years ago, he has been a social worker in Nepal, focusing on the education of children from marginalized communities. He gives talks about his life to instill the value of education in the next generation of Nepalese children. He'll speak about why he volunteers but hasn't always done so even when there appeared to be a need.

April 12: Jeremy Jewett, the American Citizen Services chief at U.S. Embassy Kathmandu, will talk about his experiences supporting American tourists in Nepal. Learn how you can make your experience in Nepal safe and rewarding – and what embassies and consular officers can do for their citizens overseas when problems do arise. Jeremy's stories and recommendations are relevant to all foreign tourists in Nepal wanting to use their time and skills to help others.

April 19: Anju Pun, of Forget Me Not will share the heartfelt story of 20 girls who were living as “paper orphans” for eight years. Through them, Forget Me Not helped to unveil the child-trafficking business in Nepal that exists to promote orphanages. Anju will tell how an Australian charity, upon learning the truth of the orphanage business, won the battle of rescuing all 20 girls and returning their true identities. The children are now thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity. Forget Me Not promotes families and family-based care, and strongly discourages volunteering in orphanages.

April 26: The Grand Finale: Nepali Youth The final Wisdom Wednesday session is an incredible opportunity to speak with young people who have grown up away from their families in institutionalized care. As well as sharing their life experiences, they can offer their candid opinion on the situation of orphanages in Nepal, as well as how volunteers are able to help – or harm.

Want to know more about ethical volunteering in Nepal? Download our PDF.
Ethical Volunteering in Nepal: How to Protect Vulnerable Children While “Giving Back”

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