(From left to right: Catherine Burke, John O’Dowd, Tara Fahy, John O’Dea, Brian Cuddy (NUIG student last year), Nicky Deasy CEO Foundation Nepal, Nirmala Adhikari Programme Director for Foundation Nepal based in Nepal.)
Foundation Nepal depend on peoples generosity to continue their work. There are numerous ways people can get involved: from giving a donation, organising a fundraising event or doing a sports challenge or volunteering with them in Nepal. In 2011 four NUI Galway Engineering students spent 7 weeks in Nepal from the 24th of April to the 7th June. They all raised a minimum of €3000 to go on the volunteering trip to Nepal.Tthey also worked on specific projects before, during and after they returned. The projects they worked on are necessary for the improvement of the living conditions for the people in Humla, Nepal.
Fellow volunteer John O'Shea had this to say about his experience,"the volunteering trip to Nepal required endurance, patience and dedication from all the volunteers. It in turn, however, rewarded us with fond memories. friendships and a feeling of self worth. It was truly a great experience."
Amanda Milne, volunteer manager with Foundation Nepal, feels, “they are exceptional students and a credit to both themselves and NUIG. It was an honour to get to know them and I wish them every success in their future careers. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed working with them, and we are hoping to run the programme next year with more engineering students all going well. It is an interesting experience for the students; it helps them to appreciate what we have, and how their technical skills can be used to solve problems in third world countries.”