Youth play a vital role in the trustbuilding work in Nepal. Through workshops, young people receive tools and support to share their stories and listen to others. After training, mixed Madhes-Pahadi groups work together to facilitate trustbuilding activities in their communities, cementing their relationships and demonstrating a trust model between the two groups working around the regions.
The disconnection that exists between Madhesi and Pahadi communities occasionally sparks violent conflict. The trustbuilding work in Nepal focuses on reinstating harmony and understanding between the different multicultural and multilingual communities.
Why is trust needed?
When the unification of Nepal officially began in 1743, people residing in Madhesh, the low-lying southern land of Nepal bordering India, fought against the Pahadi communities (Gurkhas) for the British. It is believed that the British handed over the Madheshis and their territories to the Gurkhas in 1816.
Several movements in Nepal demand Madhesh representation and recognition within the country. These movements accelerated in 2006 when Madhesi people were attacked violently during a peaceful protest demanding the government to address their concerns. The violent attacks by the police raised concerns by human rights organizations in Nepal and have led to a visceral mistrust between people of the different communities.
How is trust built?
Through workshops in schools, colleges and youth networks, a culture of honest dialogue and interaction between Madhesi and Pahadi communities is established.
Impact to date
The team in Nepal has organised a wide variety of activities, events and interview sessions where young Madhes and Pahadi people have had the chance to get to know each other on a profound level. They also worked on their inner strength and the development of their unique abilities to be part of building a united Nepal.
'Before, I never gave much thought to the Madhesi people and the issues between our communities. I feel completely different now that I have connected with Madhesi people and developed bonds with them. Next time someone speaks poorly about the Madhesi people and their community, I, as a friend and Nepalese, will take a firm stand for them. We are all Nepalese with equal rights.'
~ Trustbuilding participant
'The most important thing is that I can express my opinions here. Participating in the dialogues has encouraged me to change who I am and helped me realise that everyone has unique abilities. Understanding my abilities and strengths has been a big help to my work.'
~ Rita Magar, Koshi Rural Municipality Women Development Branch
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