Project visits in Jhapa and Ilam, 13 - 15 September 2016

Ambassador Matthias Meyer and Deputy Chief of Mission Jacqueline Groth visited several projects in Eastern Nepal between 13 and 15 September 2016.

pictures 1-3: On 14 September the visit started with a tour through the Bhutanese Beldangi refugee camp together with the US Ambassador. Since an agreement in 2007 the refugees are allocated to different countries.

pictures 4-6: In the afternoon a visit of the Gorkha Tea Estate, which is supplied for by around 80 smallholder tea farms, followed. The Gorkha Tea Estate took part in a Public Private Partnership called “Organic Production of high quality tea in rural areas of Nepal”, which was facilitated by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and supported by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit (BMZ). The cultivation of 100% organic tea was promoted, which today is successfully sold and exported to Germany.

pictures 7-8: The next day saw a visit to the Blood Bank at the Red Cross office in Ilam. It was built with the support of the German embassy and will help to save lifes.

picture 9: This was followed by a visit to the town hall of Ilam, which was funded by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

pictures 10-11: While paying a visit to the Social Health Security Committee, the visitors could assure themselves that the money of the German Development Cooperation was used sensibly here.

To conclude there was a meeting with the Human Rights Forums Nepal (HURF) scheduled. Germany currently supports HURF through the Civil Peace Service (CPS) with a short-term expert focussing on „Capacity Building in Conflict Transformation' (training, coaching and mediation).