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ONGD-FNEL is a not-for-profit organisation founded in Luxembourg in 1989 . Originating in Luxembourg’s scouting movement (Luxembourg National Federation of Scouts and Guides-FNEL), it supports numerous projects promoting the development of education in Nepal.

 

ONGD-FNEL promotes the values of solidarity, cooperation, commitment and responsibility by establishing strong local partnerships which ensure that its activities will function properly and bring results.

 

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    Looking back at our two ESD weeks with Umbrella Organisation Nepal

    In November 2019 we invited Tsewang Norbu Lama, director of Umbrella Organization Nepal (UON) and Rajani Gurung, former beneficiary of the association, in Luxembourg for two weeks to participate in meeting and exchange workshops with young people in Luxembourg, as part of an education for sustainable development (ESD) project.    ESD in Luxembourg has been a focus of our organization since 2016, after a first round of schools visits and the development of our Nepal-Koffer (a set of materials and games that are designed to present Nepal) and the film Tara.   As a support for our workshops in the schools this year, we partnered up with UON and Marc Hammer, a Luxembourguish film maker, to film “Rajani”, a movie talking about the inspiring journey of Rajani. Born in a remote village in Nepal, Rajani was separated from her family at a very young age and went through difficult times before being taken under Umbrella's wing. Now 20, she continues her studies in social work to help other girls in return.   Over the two ESD weeks, we visited 9 schools, primary and secondary, we visited scout groups and we met friends and supporters of the ONGD-FNEL on the Charity Dinner or for the Lunchbreak organized by the “Cercle des ONG” regarding responsible volunteering. In total, around 400 students and scouts participated in our activities, most of the time in groups smaller than 15 which allowed us to have an interesting question and answers round.   We typically started by greeting the students, with a tikka and a scarf, to directly introduce them to Nepali culture. Then we briefly introduced everyone, our work and the story behind the Umbrella Organisation Nepal project. After this, we used the movie "Rajani" as visual support to launch the discussion. “Rajani” touches on many different aspects of Nepal : the way of life, the everyday activities but also the everyday hardships of the locals, evidently, the film also describes the struggles of any young girl growing up in Nepal today. With all this input that seems so far from what we know from here, questions quickly came streaming in. Especially the younger pupils were often very surprised about how much life in Nepal differs for our daily life. Questions ranged from the food, transportation and behavior of the monkeys to child marriage and the reason UON does the work they do. Even if sometimes, classes were quieter, they seemed nonetheless very interested, thus we got positive feedback, which of course, encourages us to further look into the way we can raise awareness in Luxembourg.   There are so many different aspects of Nepal, and most of the times, the time we had was not nearly enough to properly answer the questions, many teachers asked us for additional material (for example the Nepal Koffer or the pedagogical dossier we prepared), which made us very happy. All in all, it was an intense two weeks, though all participants would agree that it was very much worth the effort, because we not only took an important step in raising awareness about sustainable development but also have we exchanged many ideas. Rajani and Tsewang said themselves that they too learned a lot from the way our schools work and our approach to education as well.

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  • Chèque Eechternoacher Quaichleken 2019

    Thanks to the Eechternoacher Quaichleken !

    Thank you to the Eecheternoacher Quaichleken who made us a donation of 1500 €

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    A great success for the Conference with Rajani Gurung and Tsewang Norbu Lama

    A lot of people participated to our conference on 14 November 2019 and had the opportunity to know more about Rajani Gurung's life and the work of Umbrella Organisation Nepal in the remote areas of Nepal. The Cooperation Minister, Mrs Paulette Lenert, put the emphasis on the importance of education and the work of the NGOs in this sector. Thanks a lot to all the participants for making this event a success !

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    14 November - Conference - Meet Rajani Gurung and Umbrella Organisation Nepal

    Today in Luxembourg, literacy rate of female, as well as male, is close to 100%. What is considered as normal here isn’t in Nepal yet. Althought male literacy rate is estimated at 75%, only 57% of Nepalese women can read and write nowadays. Why such a gap?  A conference, organized by ONGD-FNEL Luxembourg with the support of Banque de Luxembourg (BDL) on Thursday, 14 November at 6.30p.m. in BDL’s auditorium, will help raise awareness among the public about the situation of girls in Nepal, the realities in the fields of education and support structures for young people, as well as regarding the trafficking of children, real plague for a country which at the same time knows a growing tourist development.   Patriarchal society and sociocultural norms still discriminate against women Although in recent years, the school enrollment rate of boys and girls has become equal, the dropout rate remains higher among girls. For young girls in Luxembourg, having their period is just a natural phenomenon; for Nepali girls, it can result in total drop-out. Indeed, many girls do not go to school when they have their period, fearing mockery. The lack of intimacy, infrastructure and information to local communities contributes to the academic failure of young Nepalese girls. In 2014 in Luxembourg, the the median age at first marriage for a woman was 30.7 years-old, while in Nepal, the same year, 25% of adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 were already married. Although there is a positive trend, girls in Nepal still face many obstacles to a decent life and a decent future, such as physical violence (at school or at home), parents’ unequal treatment of daughters compared to sons and failure to value their educations, early marriages and lack of adequate sanitary facilities.   Towards an evolution of Nepali society These young women, who do not have the "same odds" and the same opportunities for social development as other young Nepalese, can now rely on local associations like Umbrella Organization Nepal (UON). Created in 2005, this association aims at helping children that were trafficked, displaced or placed in orphanages as a result of poverty and internal conflicts in the country. It has evolved from a small organization operating childcare homes to a still small, but well respectedchild protection organization working for youth across the country. Since March 2019, UON operates a Youth Centre in Kathmanduwhere they provide advice and training on topics that are relevant to the youths. "In Nepal, there is little advice and information available to young people at the end of their schooling regarding their career plans or their autonomy, or other problems that may affect this age group (eg sexual and reproductive health, safe migration, peer pressure). This can lead to ill-informed choices at an important stage in their lives" says Tsewang Norbu Lama, Director of the association. Tsewang will honor us with his presence at the conference and will exchange with the public regarding the current situation of development in Nepal. Rajani Gurung, former beneficiary of the association, will also participate in the conference and will give an intimate, moving but nevertheless inspiring testimony in a documentary directed by Marc Hammer. This film, called "Rajani", will premiere at the conference. "It is through the work of organizations like Umbrella, who do a remarkable job, and to young Nepali people like Rajani that are willing to create a better futurethat Nepalese society will evolve. This film  reflects this soberly "says Julie Denève, Project and Awareness Manager for ONGD-FNEL.   Raising awareness beyond Nepalese borders ONGD-FNEL's mission is to develop the skills, knowledge and know-how of young people and adults in order to give them a chance to become responsible citizens living in dignity. This mission applies mainly in Nepal but also in Luxembourg by raising awareness among young people and the general public about development issues and local realities. "A better understanding of the Nepalese reality and the daily life of a person can encourage changes in values, attitudes and behaviors at the individual and collective level" says Nicolas Magnette, President of ONGD-FNEL. "This conference will be an opportunity to stimulate the public to think critically, to form their own opinions and to become actors of change," he concludes.   The conference will be introduced by Paulette Lenert, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs in Luxembourg and Nicolas Magnette. It will be followed by the screening of the film "Rajani" which will lead to an exchange between the main stakeholders, Rajani Gurung and Tsewang Norbu Lama and the public. The conference will be held in English with simultaneous translation into French.   Participants will then be invited to a cocktail offered by Banque de Luxembourg.   About the conference Date           Thursday, 14 November 2019 Time          6.30p.m. Location    Auditorium of Banque de Luxembourg Address    14 Boulevard Royal, 2449 Luxembourg English language (simultaneous translation into French available)   About ONGD-FNEL ONGD-FNEL is a non-profit association founded in 1989 in Luxembourg. Coming from the Scouting movement in Luxembourg, (the National Federation of Scouts and Girl Scouts of Luxembourg-FNEL), it supports many projects in favor of the development of education in Nepal. The ONGD-FNEL defends the values ??of solidarity, cooperation, commitment, responsibility by relying on strong local partnerships guaranteeing the smooth running and results of activities. The association works in partnership with local associations to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of its actions. Our focus is Nepal's vulnerable children and young people since giving them access to education, training and understanding of their rights opens up opportunities for them. www.ongd-fnel.lu   Registration    Thank you for registering to our event by sending an email to before November 10, 2019  

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  • Let's care and share 2019

    Let's care and share 2019

    Save the date ! The second edition of Let's care and share will be held on Friday, November 8th from 12pm - with a tasting of gins starting at 6pm - and on Saturday, November 9th from 11am until the Charity Dinner starts in the evening. Join us for this exceptional sale of objects found all around the world. The profits will go to the projects of ONGD-FNEL.

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    Lisa's feedback - Volunteering with Umbrella Organisation Nepal

    Mäi Numm ass Lisa an ech kommen aus engem klengen Duerf dat sech Iwwersiren nennt, mee ech hunn déi läscht fënnef Méint net méi do, mee zu Kathmandu gelieft, wat ech der ONGD-FNEL, enger Organisatioun, déi sech am Nepal asetzt an déi aus de FNEL Guiden a Scoute Lëtzebuerg ervir gaangen ass, an dem Service National de la Jeunesse ze verdanken hunn.

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