Reading the Kathmandu Post, May 20
The number of migrant workers going abroad increased by 24.65% during the first 10 months of the fiscal year despite a passport shortage that has slowed down departures. According to the Department of Foreign Employment, departures numbered 230,934 during the period (…). During the period under review, Malaysia was the largest job market for Nepali workers (…). Similarly, Qatar, ranked as the third top country, gave jobs to 47,675 Nepali workers in the last 10 months.
Embarking QR 353, Kathmandu, 09:30 May 25 (3 flights every day connect Doha to Kathmandu)
We visited Kaefer camp in Al Khor and met our future students. Here we go big: we have already enrolled 70 students and two volunteer teachers. Shree, Depak, and Tap will be starting the lessons this coming Friday. We thank Mr Brajesh who welcomed us and alerted his Nepalese staff.
Most of our students work on construction sites, as helpers, foremen, supervisors, electricians. Every day they spend at least 12 hours on scaffoldings and pit holes. Thanks to Hitman we have translated in Nepalese a basic safety tool-box. Our teachers will spend 10 minutes of each lesson reviewing these rules. A copy of this document will be distributed to each and every student as well. English is important, safety is vital!
Click on the image to download the document
A warm welcome to Mr Arjun who joined our team! And best luck to our four teachers starting their lessons this week. We have now 45 students from two different companies, working in the construction and engineering field. We have spent our weekly meeting reviewing greetings in English, Nepalese and … Italian. How difficult it is to conduct a lesson?!
Al Jazeera Documentary Festival 2010 presented In Search of the Ryal, by Kesang Tseten, 86′. The documentary follows young Nepali men leaving to the Gulf to earn some ryals. Over a million Nepali leave in the GCC, most of them employed in the construction industry. They leave their remote villages to Kathmandu, they get on the plane and land in the desert. What happens next?
It has been an honor meeting today His Excellency, the Nepalese Ambassador, Dr Surya Nath Mishra and the Deputy Chief of Mission/First Secretary Mr. Ram Kaji Khadka. They represent 300,000 Nepalese in Qatar. We’re grateful for their advice, support and blessing!