Volunteers work to address some of the pressures brought about by rapid
population growth in Nepal's urban areas. photo of smiling woman holding
young boy. They work in municipal offices as community development
facilitators to help neighborhoods and youth groups develop long-range
plans, organize educational activities, and identify and solve
development problems. In 1997, Volunteers trained over 900 urban
residents in literacy, proposal writing, family planning, and
sanitation. They built 25 latrines and conducted four training sessions
on mother and child health care issues.
As evidence of the success of the Youth Development program, a Volunteer
assigned to a large town in the western region of Nepal has received
strong support and recognition from the mayor and other municipal staff.
Together they have implemented many projects which benefit the local
population, especially low-income women and children. She and her
colleagues have delivered services such as literacy classes, health
awareness activities, and town clean-up campaigns.