What we have, and what we know today is passed us by our forefathers and mothers. Our community, despite all our members working hard for generations, is still far away from meeting the basic needs that are essential in order to lead our lives productively.
Waiting for the government to provide us with our basic needs such as primary health care, education, and clean drinking water, still may take several years if not decades, the village meeting that took place on December 20th, 2008, questions posed to all members:
- How could we use our natural resources in the most sustainable way?
- How could we mobilize human resources so that we could improve our living standards?
- What would we like to leave for the future generations?
After that meeting, we spent a year on preparing and discussing with community members, diaspora community, friends and well-wishers of our village around the world.
A birth of our ambition: we work together to improve our living standards and make this village ‘A Role Model Village’ in sustainable based development to inspire other communities alike in Nepal.
Our foundation- JVF-NEPAL is officially registered in Kathmandu District Administration Office on November 18th, 2009 as a community based non-governmental organization.
The village is located in Rukum district, Rapti zone of Mid-Western Nepal. The elevation of Jhumlawang village is about 2328 m (7633 ft.) but varies from 1600m to 3339m from sea level.
Jhumlawang village is a home of about 1000 people from 6 major ethnic-groups of Nepal: Chhetri, Dalits, Gurung, Magar, Newar, and Thakuri. Although there are not many written documents about history of the village and its’ inhabitants, we know about our ancestors through oral history which is passed on to us from generation to generation.
Hundreds of years ago, there was a small kingdom and this village used to be the centre of business activities in the region due to its copper mining industry. But today, most of the community depends on traditional agriculture and livestock.
Due to lack of opportunities for youths and effect of globalisation, a new trend has begun since late 1990s to go abroad as an unskilled migrant workers, primarily in gulf countries and Malaysia, in search for employment.
There are two ways of reaching to our village from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal:
Flight: one and half hour flight from Kathmandu to Rukum Salle airport. Then a 6-hour Jeep ride from the airport to Ratwamarne. From there, hike to Jhumlawang usually takes 3 hours climbing through one of our neighbouring villages Sima.
Surface Transportation: Bus ride from Kathmandu takes up to 24 hours to Musikot Salle. Then a 6-hour Jeep ride from the airport to Ratwamarne. From there, hike to Jhumlawang usually takes 3 hours climbing through one of our neighbouring villages Sima.
However, in the monsoon season (from end of June to beginning of October) it is most likely that the Jeep road from Musikot Salle to Ratwamarne would be blocked from landslides. In this case, it takes up to 3 days trekking from the Salle Airport/ Bus station to our village Jhumlawang.