I am proud to acknowledge the heartwarming volunteering efforts of the hundreds of thousands of youth of Nepal to help their fellow citizens in distress in the wake of disastrous earthquake that hit our country recently. It is such selfless efforts of our country’s citizenry- particularly our youth- that makes us believe even more strongly in a peaceful and prosperous future of our country. Through such acts of benevolence our youth win our confidence in their ability to humanely lead our society in the times to come.
National Planning Commission (NPC), through one of its line institutions, National Development Volunteer Service (NDVS) has been encouraging such youth volunteerism in the country through National Volunteering Program. I am glad, that besides continuing to do service to the earthquake affected fellow citizens, the youth involved with the National Volunteering Program have come together with a ‘Smart Phone App’ as well as an ‘Interactive Website’ to register, and keep a ready online public database of twenty thousand trained and willing volunteers in the help of the nation if any disaster or emergency ever comes our way in future.
I wish my very best to the selfless volunteering efforts of Nepali youth in this regard. Lets all work towards building back better.
The disastrous earthquake and its aftershocks took away thousands of innocent lives, and damaged hundreds of thousands of private homes and public buildings. The loss is simply colossus. This tragedy will haunt us all our lives. The death and destruction make us think how vulnerable we remain as a society even in this age and times. It makes us ponder how long we still have to go while building a truly resilient society.
This natural calamity was neither the first nor the last to hit our country. While it is important that we recommit ourselves to relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction in the wake of this crisis, it is also important that we prepare ourselves for dealing with such calamities in future. With these current and future needs in mind, I am delighted to launch National Volunteering Program (NVP) in partnership with Himalayan Climate Initiative- one of the most trusted civil society organizations driven by some of most committed Nepali citizens.
Let's build back. Let's build better. Let's build safer.