A day in the lifeApr 7, 201414 October 2007; Rolpa, It is early in the morning in one of the seven major Maoist army cantonments in the western highlands of Rolpa. I am woken up by the army's fitness drill and the noise of instructors. I can hear the wind blowing strongly against my tent. The thick fog hides the beautiful green hills of Rolpa at 1,800 metres above sea level, at the Himalayan foothills
An ex-combatant cherishes his new identity as shop ownerApr 7, 2014Nayalal, a 24-year old former combatant from the eastern part of Nepal, had a very difficult childhood. He was born in a poor and marginalized community where most of the houses were made of mud, straw, and bamboo. “When I was small, our house burnt down twice and my family lost everything. To make matters worse, my father started drinking too much raksi (local alcohol),” he recalls. “My four brothers and sisters and I didn’t know what to do. We were looked down upon because of our poverty. It was miserable”, he says.
Automated system to digitize building permits in KathmanduApr 7, 2014A new automated system supported by UNDP will make obtaining building permits easier in two municipalities in the Kathmandu Valley. The system expected to go live in June this year will integrate safer building codes into existing building permit approval system. This will be the first of its kind in digital recording system for building permits being brought into use in Nepal.
Combatant turns into an independent entrepreneurApr 7, 2014September 2010; To date, more than 1,484 men and women, verified minors and late recruits, discharged from Maoist cantonments in February 2010 have opted for the ongoing voluntary rehabilitation packages offered by the United Nations Interagency Rehabilitation Programme (UNIRP).
Entrepreneurs hopeful that peace will bring greater prosperityApr 7, 2014June 2006; 'It's too early to see the change,' says Rachana Pandit, chairperson of Business Development Services. 'But there is tremendous hope among the entrepreneurs.' This optimism among Nepal's grassroots business community is confirmed by entrepreneurs like 23-year old Surya Lama, who recently launched a small mushroom farm in the basement of his home in Kakani with a little help'skills training and credit'from UNDP. 'Up until now I've only been selling these mushrooms in the local area, but if peace comes then transport will be more reliable and I might be able to expand to other areas also, perhaps even Kathmandu,' says the determined young man.
Ex-combatant turns digital photographerMay 20, 2014November 2010; Ms. Shrestha who was discharged from Maoist cantonment in the category of 'verified minors and late recruits' in February 2010 has successfully completed her 3 months in-house training as a cook. She has started On-the-Job (OJT) training in one of the renowned hotels of Kathmandu.