This trip is for serious trekkers, ideally adults ages 18-40.
At the beginning of your time in Kathmandu, participants will visit with KOSHISH and learn about the work that they do through their women's and men's recovery homes and their mental health reintegration project. Then, for 6 days, participants will hike through northern Dhading, observing MCC's earthquake recovery work with Shanti Nepal before trekking out east via the Ruby Valley for 6 more days. During the trek, participants will continue to get exposure to the lingering effects of the 2015 earthquakes and the resilience of local communities by walking through these villages and interacting with local residents.
Who should come:
College students, MCC constituents, former SALT participants, trauma studies researchers and practitioners, mental health professionals, engineers...this Learning Tour is for anyone who enjoys trekking and is interested in learning more about what resilience looks like in the context of MCC's work in Nepal. Due to the physical fitness required by a 12-day trek, all participants must be in good health and have prior experience with trekking over hilly and semi-mountainous terrain.
Resilience: Disaster Recovery
Nepal is well-known around the world for its geographical diversity, from low-lying plains in the south to the highest peaks in the world on its northern border. However, this diversity can tend to make Nepal especially prone to natural disasters. In north Dhading district, our partner organization Shanti Nepal is working with community strengths at the grassroots level to build livelihood opportunities and work toward long-term recovery from the April 2015 earthquake and seasonal landslides.
Resilience: Mental Health
Our partner KOSHISH (the Nepali word for "try") is supporting the mental health and rehabilitation of those in Nepal living with severe trauma and the burden of psychosocial distress. Through its short-term transit homes, innovative community reintegration model and advocacy work, KOSHISH is fighting to reduce stigma and improving resources for people living with mental distress and psychosocial disabilities in Nepal.