The real start of our second week! Since we used the first week to get some more grassroots level insights from the field, we are now trying to gather information from a top down level: NGOs and different other associations.
First free day for over a week! Nothing is really planned. We have occasional hangouts, casually discussing our experiences and making some plans for the next week. But basically, we just enjoy the comfort of good coffee on demand, access to water and toilet facilities and co: Back to our everyday life in the cities. With a slight twist of course, since we are still in Nepal.
The driver picks us up at 10AM and we have to say goodbye to our new family. It feels weird that we are most likely not seeing the people of Dhungentar in the future again, especially since we spent the last days with them. Eating the same food, drinking the same water, living in the same houses, being a community.
Is it seriously already Friday? It feels like we just arrived here but today is the last day before we must head back to the city …
The morning starts with some preparations for saying good-bye. Even though we don’t have too much special to give, we prepare an oversize thank you card and our obligatory Finnish candies for the ICIMOD guys before they arrive for the day.
Today is a special day: After months of preparation, a long way and the first contact to the society of Dhungentar village, we finally start with conducting interviews. And lucky as we seem to be, we start with the perfect opportunity: The ‘mother’s committee meeting’!
We decided to pack all our stuff the night before, so after waking up, there is not much more to do than bringing our backpacks downstairs and waiting for everyone to arrive. I am taking my last typhoid vaccination pill from the little fridge in the ‘lobby’, so from now on, I am at least 70% proof according to the doctor. Luckily there actually was a fridge until so far, there probably won’t be any after we leave the capital.
After the first weeks of discussions, arguments and research, we finally have something to show to the world: a project website! This will be our base camp, a progress diary, our way to communicate with the outer world, our information hub and maybe, in a distant future, our platform to showcase our results.
Our first intensive meeting from 1PM to 6PM this Monday. It really helped to get back on track with our work with the pre-meetings and the actual first lecture. For the assignment of background studies, we decided to split up the work in different subjects and pre-draft it for our meeting in order to present to each other and get a comprehensive picture without doubling the work.
This week started with internal group meeting on Monday – I almost forgot about it. Luckily, we all showed up, even Kristjana was able to join us with a bit of an excusable delay. Apparently, I was not the only one who didn’t work that much on our project during the Christmas break.