On November 26, 2023, we celebrated the annual meeting of Amics del Nepal, an open event attended by around 60 people.
The event began with a warm welcome, accompanied by the typical “tica” and the solidarity products store, leading to a simple and beautiful ceremony. Mireia Crosa and Jordi Giral, president and vice-president of Amics del Nepal, summarized the past year, the 28th for the organization. They highlighted the memorable visit of Kavita and Rohit during the spring of 2023, an initiative that will be attempted again in 2024. They also shared the intention to launch the Expansion Program in 2024, co-financed by the La Caixa Foundation.
Subsequently, Daniel Roig, coordinator of the cooperation programs of Amics del Nepal, presented the most significant events of the past year.
In the Children’s home program, they highlighted the repair of the Amor CH wall, thanks to the support of the Roviralta Foundation and the city council of Altafulla, as well as the financial support for foster homes in Patan and Biratnagar.
In the Youth program, they reported on the change of the activity center’s building to have more space to accommodate the increasing number of beneficiaries. Montse Torres, a teacher at Collserola school in Sant Cugat del Vallès, shared her experience visiting the activity center and how this visit initiated a collaboration with Sant Cugat del Vallès that we hope will grow.
Regarding the Children’s program, they highlighted the sports activities that have been promoted this school year, including a swimming course for 8th and 10th-grade students. Marta Arañó, an artist from the Tinta i Vi workshop in Sant Esteve de Sesrovires, presented the book edited with paintings of recipes from Nepal and Sant Esteve. A fragment of the documentary made by Lanaspa-Giralt school in Terrassa as part of the collaboration project with other schools was also shown.
In the Women’s program, Manisha Gurung recited the poem “No em fas cap mal” translated from the original poem “You do me no harm,”by Ujjwala Maharjan and Yukta Bajracharya. There was also discussion about the two women’s literacy groups.
Next, Nikita and Manisha Gurung performed a beautiful dance to the Nepalese song “Machhile Khane Kholi Ko Leu.”
Finally, to conclude the event, we held the traditional Christmas raffle, which saw significant participation. We sincerely thank all attendees and bid farewell until the next gathering. Many thanks for your presence and support!