Project for a Village Blog

The Chaos of Kathmandu

“I never thought I would find comfort in the chaos of Kathmandu.” So said Dr. Michael Blunda, a cardiologist from Virginia, after making his first trip with his wife Blair to the annual PFAV health camp in Nepal. In those few words, Mike articulated what I have felt...

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Nepal Trip 2018: Week One

Hello, PFAV friends and family! This is Kathy. After more than two weeks abroad, our group of volunteers has returned safe and sound to the United States. I cannot believe this was our tenth trip to Nepal and PFAV’s sixth health camp! We were so blessed to have a...

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Happy International Women’s Day 2018 – From Nepal

Happy International Women's Day! It seems perfect that #IWD2018 coincides with the day our intrepid volunteers arrive in Nepal! The worldwide theme of this year's Women's Day is #PressforProgress. For many women in Nepal, progress comes from access: to health care, to...

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#PFAVinNepal2018: We’re off!

It begins! The first round of PFAV volunteers is on their way to Nepal by way of Guangzhou, China. After flying out of Los Angeles late Tuesday night, they will land in Kathmandu on Thursday, March 8 in the afternoon, KTM time (which will be in the middle of the night...

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Looking Ahead: Nepal Trip 2018

Happy 2018! We at Project for a Village hope you enjoyed a peaceful holiday season and a happy start to this year. After a busy 2017, we're looking forward to another bright year ahead. PFAV's biggest upcoming project is our yearly trip to Nepal next month! Ten...

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PFAV celebrates Access to Information Day

On September 28, 2016, UNESCO celebrated the first annual International Day for the Universal Access to Information, or #AccesstoInfoDay. Formerly known as “International Right to Know Day,” the day emphasizes the importance of freedom of opinion and expression, which...

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Home Grown Hurricane Relief in Florida

Although most of our work is focused on Nepal, Project for a Village has been deeply concerned by the recent string of hurricanes hitting the United States. In light of the devastation in Texas and Florida, PFAV has decided to postpone our previously announced...

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In Their Own Words: The TEJ Initiative Skits

During PFAV’s latest trip to Nepal in March, Kathy Perez-Silva visited the girls at the TEJ Initiative, based on the outskirts of Kathmandu, in the community of Godavari. The girls were asked to put on skits that highlight social issues they feel are important. Rather...

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Here, There and Everywhere: Reflections on Nepal, 2017

From March 4 to March 18, 2017, five volunteers – Pamela Dobson, Roberta Smith, Chris York, Riza Ayson & Jeff Lovin – embarked on the adventure of a lifetime to accompany PFAV founders Kathy and Rene Perez-Silva on their annual trip to Nepal. For four of them, this...

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Taking the Long Way Home

  We have good news to report: Thanks to the efforts of Fran Fagen Bennett and her good friend Skip Condé (aka Bulldog), Rupakot now has a computer lab! This story is filled with twists and turns, natural and man-made disasters, and a few bumps in the road; but in the...

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Fil & a Pair of Boots

On a hot, dry day this April, we put on our  boots, loaded Fil, my rucksack, with water and necessities, and trudged up the mountain in the Dhading district of Nepal to a school in Manarupee to conduct one of our health camps. Project for a Village, in association...

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Reflections On Nepal, One Year Later.

It’s been one year since the earthquake shook the mountains, the walls, and the people of Nepal. In many expected ways, everything has changed, but in many ways, nothing has changed at all. For years, Nepal has been kept a secret from much of the world. Many travelers...

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Empowering girls in rural Nepal

  Today is International Women's Day.  If you live in the United States it is possible that you have never heard of International Women's Day. International Women's Day was started by the United Nations in 1975 in order...

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Give Girls a Chance!

Why do grown men in America have such a difficult time discussing something that happens to women all around the world? It happens to their wives, daughters and mothers every single month. “It” is her period, or menstrual cycle. Recently, I experience this disgust...

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The Reality of Nepal, Through My Eyes

There is a fuel crisis in Nepal, this has been going on since early September, http://ti.me/1Y4cqUL. Here is my account of the situation: The fuel lines are long and often 3 vehicles deep on both sides of the narrow roads, blocking the paths of the lucky few who were...

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Returning to Nepal

This trip is a first in many ways, my first return to Nepal since the devastating earthquakes earlier this year, my first trip to Nepal without Rene, and it is the first time my sister, Cindy, has been here. In the midst of all of the reconstruction of the country...

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