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Gift of Light in Nepal
children after a solar energy system is installed in their village
power provides hope and self worth
Swogun means "very special
gift" but it's also an abbreviation for the "Society
of Women Guidelines Nepal" who are indeed providing a
special gift for the poor in remote areas of their country.
Swogun are helping to improve living standards through various
environmentally friendly ways, including their main mission
which is to provide solar power for remote villages, schools
is wise and practical and they say:
"One is responsible for keeping and improving his or her
own home. Help will be accepted but one should not be dependable
on others good will".
reason, Swogun conduct training and seminars to teach the
beneficiaries of their organization how to be self-sufficient,
helping women to develop or expand needlework and other skills
into the evening, work which can earn them a supportable income.
The solar energy systems can even run videos and TV in community
halls to show villagers awareness programmes on health, economical
development and vocational training.
This sums up to providing reliable, environmentally friendly
and sustainable electric power sources, which can be run at
very low cost, for maximum benefit.
solar panel being installed by Swogun on the roof of a highschool
in the Nepalese district of Nuwakot
Looking-Glass & VeggieGlobal
believe that Swogun's solar energy project is a very well balanced
idea, and most importantly this program has an environmental theme.
While dramatically improving a quality of life, this kind of charity
can encourage ethnic cultures to remain independent. This is because
such projects integrate tradition with modern, sustainable technology
through which benefits can be reaped without environmental damage.
As we are working closely with Swogun to help them develop the exposure
they need for their charitable needs, Looking-Glass will keep you
updated with latest news.
Solar energy systems
are acquired through donation and volunteer programs and Swogun
offer a reciprocal package which benefits the needy of Nepal but
also gives the volunteer / donor a hands on cultural experience
Swogun are in urgent
need of sponsors and volunteers for their solar energy systems as
well as their other volunteer programmes.
More About Swogun
and their Volunteer Programmes:
Swogun Nepal began 1999 as a non-governmental
social organization though the joint efforts of young and energetic
people from the office of the District Administration of Kathmandu
as well as from the Social Welfare Council.
Swogun's main objective is to solve the growing problem of Nepal
by empowering youth, women, local clubs, schools, village development
committees and co-operatives with skills and ways to enhance their
social development. Swogun also works with other NGOs and INGOs,
who assist them in these huge projects. At present, Swogun has 7
founder members, 22 executive members, 52 members, and national
and international advisers.
Nepal itself is a beautiful country, but in global terms, it is
still severely impoverished. With limited basic needs and its fragmented
social infrastructure, it's still one of the most underdeveloped
countries in the world, where many Nepalese are still deprived of
electricity, health education, environmental awareness, clean drinking
water and education.
Moreover, most people are still untrained and unskilled on any practical
level. Although it's an uphill struggle, Swogun is dedicated to
achieving positive results. They are striving to bring Nepal up
to a social standard that will encourage self-worth amongst its
citizens by providing basic needs and education. This is the key
to their success.
Programmes at Swogun are:
Aid volunteer program has been running successfully over the
last few years. Its ultimate mission is to provide renewable
energy for rural communities in Nepal. Swogun's Solar Aid volunteers
install solar home systems in rural communities, libraries,
health posts etc. After installation, training is provided to
ensure that users can take proper advantage of having light
after sunset. This includes the teaching of income generating
skills; like weaving, carpet making, etc. helping the villagers
to become self-sufficient.
The people of
people Nepal are suffering avoidable illnesses. There is an
average of one doctor for about 13000 Nepalese.
With lack of time and resources, Nepalese doctors are simply
unable to treat all these people.
Swogun's Health Concern Program helps Nepalese doctors, nurses
and medical staff by providing professional health volunteers
to help them and to also keep patients happy through stimulating
is looking for volunteers to educate public and private/government
school students about Nepalese and global environmental issues.
Volunteers should clearly have an outgoing personality and a
strong wish to protect the environment. Swogun's mission is
to provide environmentally-friendly resource-related services
to the people of Nepal. We are in contact with more than 50
government/private schools, public health posts and "picnic
parks" from different parts of the country. Through this network
we are trying to educate citizens the importance of environmental
protection, cleanliness and safety.
If you're a
native English speaker and a teacher, you can provide a much
needed resource in the village Schools of Nepal. You can teach
conversational English. You don't need to know the Nepalese
language and the methods of the local school teaching. All you
need is interest and a deep desire to teach English to young
students. More and more, English language skills have become
vital to success in almost any profession in Nepal. Many students
in Nepalese communities study English, but few have the chance
to practice with native English speakers so it's pretty hard
for them to improve. Swogun hopes that its English Teaching
Volunteer program can help students grasp basic English which
can provide more security for their future vocations.
the media is a growing area in Nepal. The country has 10 TV
channels, around 15 radio stations and 100s of daily, weekly
and monthly newspapers and magazine. So, why not take the opportunity,
via Swogun, to become a nature photo-journalist? If you are
interested in nature photo-journalism, then working with Swogun
and through to the media could be a rewarding adventure. Swogun
are now offering volunteer opportunities. While working with
journalists and producers in Nepal, this is an ideal opportunity
to extend your work experience.
How You Can Help
In Swogun's own words:
"We ask you to
join our group by providing the means that will allow us to continue
improving the quality of life in rural areas of Nepal.
The usual cost of one electric solar system, its installation and
six months handicraft manufacturing training is $480.00 USD.
Please contact us and become a sponsor of our organization... help
us to help"
If you are motivated and willing to
socialize, you are welcome to participate in Swogun's Volunteers
program. The program is designed to provide you with first-hand
experience of Nepalese culture and its social welfare. Your contribution
could help to greatly improve the lifestyle of one or more families
Requirments for Volunteers:
For any type of volunteering, volunteers
have to donate as an administrative fee USD 150; this contribution
will help to make Swogun Nepal, a sustainable organization
For any type of volunteering, volunteers have to pay USD 120 monthly
for accommodation with a Nepalese host family, which includes three
meals a day
Desirable Credentials For
- Computer literacy (familiar with
Internet, MS Word, and Outlook) Minimum college level pass
- Able to dedicate at least one month
- Experienced - working with Renewable
energy [For "Solar Aid" Volunteers] Doctors, nurses, medical students,
or hospital employees [For "Health Concern" Volunteers]
- Environment engineers or working
with environmental / conservation issues [For " Environmental
- Knowledge of finance, project
designing and fundraising
- Knowledge of writing proposals,
project monitoring and report writing Some journalistic experience
for those interested in Nature and Photo-Journalism.
- Teachers must provide teaching
qualification certificates and references.
Swogun Nepal contact
P.O.Box : 10167, Kathmandu,
Phone: (+Nepal code from your country) 362 505
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