Tour de Pokhara: A journey of Pioneering

                             The holiday tours and travel Pvt. Ltd. Had four passenger who were on mission trip to Pokhara. Slowly parting from chaos, hustle & bustle, pollution of overly populated Kathmandu valley, bumping through pot holes of Prthivi Highway. Finally landed on serene, vibrant city of western Nepal, Pokhara (the city of lakes, temples with smiling mountains on outskirts). We had limited and tight schedule to follow up.

                         We, were staying at Damside near Tourist bus park. The plan was to re-unite with rest of team members who were already on the town. The main factor which brought here was TGG Mentorship program under mentorship of Social Entrepreneur Anil Chitrakar as part of it we were innovatively implementing and generating values out of waste (paper, plastic, water and food). The idea was to conduct orientation program about how can we use each waste into values by creative way like using waste paper for making pencil, rain water harvesting, waste food utilization in piggery business, waste plastic into ropes. And to provide hands on experience for old tire gardening to students, so they can replicate it further.

                          Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyala, already a vibrant school with large surrounding area would be ideal place for old tire gardening. The school authority along with army personnel really welcomed our purposal, a bit of hard works for getting them understand actually what we wanna build up. The gardeners and care taker actively joined hand with us. Along some army volunteered for carrying tires around school premises.

                     The old tires were initially washed with detergent powder and rubbed with clothes, so stains and mud would be washed off revealing clean surface. The washed tires are dried up on sun. Once tire dries up they are painted with several colors giving artistic and aesthetic values. As generally we make minions at gate, the concept is spreading and going viral as “ The Minion Effect”.

                             Personally, I had never encountered such curious and overwhelming students, so do team. Every passerby from junior students to senior students, teachers and army personnel were asking what we really were doing. Like teachers who were skeptical earlier day, even complained how ugly their compound would look after placing shabby tires. But they were amazed when they saw such appealing old painted tires. Many thought how cool, innovative idea it was. They were shocked to hear price of old tires, which is relative cheap then traditional flower vases based on mud and concrete. They thought of doing similar gardening at their homes, gossip like this was audible despite we were continuously working in creating values. Those smiles on face reflected their sense of satisfaction as entirely built section of old tire garden was ready welcome plants.

                             The orientation cum workshop incorporated various aspected of waste management as discussed above. The sixty enthusiastic student, environment science teachers, principal, vice-principal, other staffs actively participated in orientation. Our team leader made so loud and clear presentation of our activities. The program ended with question and answer session which was more effective and articulated as student and teachers pin pointed their curiously which was efficiently addressed. The paper pencil, paper bags were distributed among students. The paper pencil really proved to logical way to re-use waste paper. The school principal was positive about starting to make such pencil as they have lots of newspaper and exam papers. We thought this was really impressive and our action is really bringing change.

                          Finally plantation was carried out with participation of men-tees, teachers, army major, students and staff’s in all tire vases. The school administration were so glad to have us even they purposed to furnish whole compound with tire gardening. As we had limited time and budget for expenses we could not stay for longer duration. The two day ended with lots of travel, hard work, interaction with new and intelligent people, and we felt like really we did something to cheer up. The late evening cycling around lake side, Devis fall provided a sense of relief and satisfaction after hard work completed successfully.

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The TEAM

Word of Thanks

                         There are lots of people behind scene without whose help this was not possible to make happen. Sincere thanks for Senha Father for arranging residence and travel for first day. Thank you Col. Umesh Karki for arranging second day of travel with army jeeps and bus. Thank you hostel dai for cooking us so delicious food and showing around maps and direction. Thank you Sunwi Maskey who was able to make such hectic and continuous travel, despite exams, we really are glad to have you in team. Thank you Meghana who solely made travel on her own expenses to be with us. Last but not least we evolved as good team, respecting, laughing and working together, whose combine efforts made this event really “the grand Success”.

Cheers Mates.

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