Placement Location Information
The facilities of this placement are quite Spartan by Western standards. They each have a common area where the girls play, work on arts and crafts, do their daily studies and just socialize. There is also a room where counseling sessions take place, an office for the house staff, and a room for worship.
Each facility has a basic kitchen, but there are not enough tables or chairs to go around, so even eating in shifts, many of the girls are relegated to sitting on the floor to eat. The meals are the same for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the traditional Nepali staple of Dal Bhat which is white rice, lentils and curried vegetables when available.
The sleeping arrangements are dormitory style with multiple bunk beds in the bed rooms. Even with the bunk beds to maximize space, many of the younger girls share a bunk.
The girls appear to come to the facility with barely more than two changes of clothes and a uniform for school. Their clothes are threadbare and soiled despite washing them by hand every few days.
While the girls are fed and have a safe haven to live and sleep, there are still many opportunities that could be remedied with your financial and volunteer help. They are in desperate need of school supplies; books, paper, pencils, erasers, etc., clothing, financial resources for social outings, medical care and for community education about the ongoing problem of sexual abuse of the young girls of the community.
From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, take a taxi to Tourist Bus Park, and from there catch a bus heading to Pokhara. This is around a 200km trip, but by bus can take around six to seven hours, depending on traffic and stops. Once you reach Pokhara, Antardristi staff will be there to pick you up and take you to the placement.
Distance from BaseCamp: 202
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 6:30
Pokhara has a mild climate ranging from a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius in the summer, down to 10 degrees Celsius in the coldest month of January. The green hills and snow-capped mountains play an important role in keeping the temperature relatively cool, even in the scorching heat of the summer. In general, the humidity is higher in the morning than in the evening.
On average, the Monsoon season begins in Pokhara around April. The beginning of April brings torrential downpours with sudden strong winds and storms. The rainfall becomes more intense during the months of July, August and September. Pokhara receives heavy rainfall when the warm and humid winds from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea form heavy clouds over the valley. For this reason, the valley is also known as Cherapunji of Nepal - Cherapunji being the Indian town that receives the highest rainfall in the world. The heavy rainfalls gradually die down and the weather is clear from October to February. There are lighter winter rains in the valley from January to March.
The Pokhara Valley, a land of spectacular beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas, conjures visions of calm but vibrant green hills. Loaded with luxuriant vegetation and dotted with shimmering lakes, the valley offers awesome vistas. Magnificent images of Mount Machhapuchhare reflected in the clear waters of the Lake Phewa, leave everyone spellbound. As one of the Nepal’s adventure hubs, it has reputation of being the second home for tourists worldwide.
Pokhara's rich topographical conditions are responsible for the profusion of flora and fauna. The geographical location has made Pokhara one of the biggest valleys in Nepal. The valley is encircled by lush green hills ranging in height from 1077 meters in the South East from 2738 meters in the North East. Snow clad mountains add a special radiance to the valley. They also form snow-fed rivers that run through the heart of the valley.
Among other advantages, the valley is popular for many different ethnic groups known for their rich art and cultural heritage. The combination of stunning natural beauty and spectacular art and culture has attracted visitors to the Pokhara Valley.
Pokhara is also recognized as one of the major destinations for adventure tourism. Micro-light flying, paragliding, rafting, sightseeing, boating, pony trekking and caving are extremely popular form of adventure tourism.
Because Pokhara is such a popular tourism destination, there is no shortage of amenities in the area. There is a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions to choose from, all at a variety of price points.
TEL 1: 061-440387
TEL 2: 061-440600