Morley man returns from 'Raleighing' in Nepal

Published on: Monday, 6th August 2018

A Morley man has returned to his borough home after spending three months doing charity work.

Jack Tymon spent the time in Nepal working on behalf of the charity Raleigh International, on a mission to undertake a water and sanitation programme in the village of Solithum, working with the locals to give them access to clean, safe water and to educate them on keeping good hygiene to improve their standard of living and quality of life.

This voluntary programme was on behalf with the ICS (international citizenship Scheme) which empowers 18-25 year olds in the UK and countries all across the globe to help towards the development of less advanced countries and in turn to develop themselves.  The motto of the programme is Challenge Yourself to Change the World.

Despite completing his work abroad, now that he is back in the UK, he has been tasked with completing an ‘Action at Home’ challenge where the aim is to reach out to his local community and pass on experiences in the hope of promoting active citizenship within the younger generation, and therefore to work towards a developed world.

Speaking of his recent mission abroad, Jack said: "Having access to a clean and regular water supply in Nepal is something that is seen as a rarity and is not taken for granted. However once the work to lay pipes and install storage water systems the difference that this brings to the local population is a real eye opener and the results are valued greatly by the local population.

Once the systems have been set up it brings massive change to a community who incidentally show great resilience in how they live from day to day, pooling all their resources together to help our project team to help them.

On my return and in direct contrast we in the UK probably don’t value our 24 hour, clean water supply in the same valued way that the Nepalese do. So while I was away we have now had nearly 3 months with an incredibly small amount of rain, and yet our excessive per capita consumption (in comparison to Nepal’s) we are still extremely fortunate enough to turn the taps on and have a constant and clean supply water. When I originally arrived in my local community in Nepal the host home I stayed in, had nothing but a hosepipe running from a natural spring bringing a very intermittent and unclean water supply to the house."

Jack has recently reutrned from a debrief session in London and has until August 30th to complete his secondary task.  Both Raleigh International and the ICS, hope to put in a bid to the UK government for a further 3 more years of funding from the Department of International Development during the coming months to enable them to continue vital work to bring to the Nepalese what Jack said was taken for granted in the UK.

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