For the second time, a 6-day Peace and Conservation Walk took place in the beautiful Dhading area of Nepal, which is blessed with natural beauty, unique topography, and beautiful, hospitable people.
MasterPeace Nepal organized the 2nd edition of the MasterPeace Walk in Thakre, Nepal from the 7th until 16th November 2018. A group of 36 colorful people – 14 Nepali, 2 Indian, 1 Georgian and 15 Dutch participants – joined the 6-day walk in the beautiful nature of the Dhading area close to the majestic Himalayas in 1000 – 2000 meters of altitude. The walk in the rural area was a core part of the total 10-day event and a very unique experience for all participants.
The core of a MasterPeace Peace Walk is about learning from nature and culture, building bridges between cultures, and getting to know new insights of one’s own personal leadership. Storytelling and dialogue are always the main elements in the program, and the walk itself is a perfect instrument to reflect and share stories about life and work in challenging times. MasterPeace Foundation highly values the MasterPeace Walk Nepal as it builds bridges between cultures, adds value to the local community and helps to build a strong MasterPeace network in the local region, not to mention the personal impact for each and every participant and all local Nepali people involved. In 2018, the participants got the opportunity to experience the Nepali Culture and rituals first hand, as they were invited to celebrate the Tihar festival with the family of the MasterPeace club leader Santosh Bidari.
The Thakre area in Nepal faces a lack of quality education. For MasterPeace Nepal, education is key in solving the challenge of thousands of young Nepali talents leaving the country for seeking better financial opportunities. This “brain drain” is a big challenge for a sustainable and healthy future of Nepal. In general, the main goal for the MasterPeace club Nepal and its umbrella NGO Peace for People is to increase quality education (SDG 4) for all Nepali children and raise awareness of the importance of quality education among the students, parents, teachers and the government.
- The visibility of MasterPeace Nepal increased, evidenced by growth of followers and activity on social media.
- MasterPeace Nepal has now received invitations by the local government to participate in meetings about long-term planning of education and empowerment of (female) youth, which proves that the local government is initiating serious partnerships the organization.
- The participating team from www.jeweetzelf.nl has produced a movie of MasterPeace Walk 2018, which will be launched January ‘19.
- Participants have become loyal friends and active ambassadors of MasterPeace.
- With the funding obtained from participation fees, 15 children can attend school, a woman cooperation will be set up, and an awareness campaign for a clean environment will be carried out.
- The MasterPeace Walk Nepal is now a proven and established “best practice format” for building bridges between cultures and adding value to the local community.
- Increased involvement of MasterPeace Nepal with local government in discussions and long-term planning on education in the region.
- The growing group of volunteers for the MasterPeace Nepal Club.
- Awareness and eagerness among young students and local adults to be part of the community of MasterPeace Nepal.
The third edition of the MasterPeace Walk Nepal will take place from 6-15 November 2019.
Curious to know more? Keep an eye on updates here: www.masterpeace.nl/masterpeace-walk-nepal-2019