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5 Reasons to Look Forward to Season 5!

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5 Reasons to Look Forward to Season 5!

1. The Homestay Program

Have you ever wanted to spend a full day and night living with a family in the Himalayas? Do you want a closer look at the daily life of a Nepali family? Season 5 will introduce a new Conscious Impact program in collaboration with the local government that will give volunteers a deeper immersion experience while offering local families another way to share their culture and raise money for their basic needs. We are SO excited to roll this out!

Milk tea is a morning staple of Nepali homes. Share this and much more with local community members in our new Homestay Program. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Milk tea is a morning staple of Nepali homes. Share this and much more with local community members in our new Homestay Program. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

2. Empowered Youth

With 4 years of experience under our wings, Conscious Impact is now ready to expand our Youth Empowerment program. We hope that means more young women in our Girl’s Empowerment Program, more attendance in our After School Homework sessions, one or even two full-time Nepali staff focused on this work, and more volunteer engagement with local youth. We believe that children are the future, and we are committed to deepening our work with Takure’s youth in Season 5.

A Nepali student presents her work before the young Girl’s Empowerment Program. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

A Nepali student presents her work before the young Girl’s Empowerment Program. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

3. It’s Coffee Time!

Season 5 promises to bring our first coffee harvest! While the first harvest may be small, it still means finally seeing the fruits of 4 years of work. Farmers will be inspired by the coffee beans and the income that comes with it, and we expect that in Season 5, more farmers than ever will want to plant MORE TREES! We aim to grow our Agriculture Program, to plant more coffee, and to diversify the trees we plant.

Narayan Bhattarai with his family and Agricultural Program Lead Greg Robinson. Narayan hopes that this 3-year-old coffee tree will give fruit this December! Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Narayan Bhattarai with his family and Agricultural Program Lead Greg Robinson. Narayan hopes that this 3-year-old coffee tree will give fruit this December! Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

4. Get Certified in Natural Building

After years of training local Nepalis and volunteers from around the world in natural building techniques, in Season 5 Conscious Impact will finally begin to offer formal courses in superadobe, earthbags, cob, wattle and daub, adobe, CSEB, rammed earth and bamboo construction. We are SO excited! On November 4th, 2019 we begin our first course, Earthbag Dome Construction and Certification. Read more at https://www.consciousimpact.org/earthbag-dome-training.

From November 4th-13th, Conscious Impact will host its first ever official Natural Building Course: Earthbag Dome Construction. Join us to learn to build your own home in just 10 days! Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

From November 4th-13th, Conscious Impact will host its first ever official Natural Building Course: Earthbag Dome Construction. Join us to learn to build your own home in just 10 days! Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

5. More of the Same!

That’s right, Conscious Impact is committed to continuing what we do and how we do it. In Season 5, our team will sustain our work in Agriculture, Youth Empowerment and Natural Construction. We will collaborate directly with the community to design and implement intelligent and effective development solutions. We will host volunteers from around the world in our environmentally conscious, nearly zero waste camp in the Himalayas, and we will do it all with huge smiles on our faces and hearts full of joy. That is who we are, and we don’t plan to change anytime soon.

We are looking for more volunteers. Learn more and join today at www.consciousimpact.org/volunteer.

Conscious Impact volunteers gather to share gratitude at our camp in Takure. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Conscious Impact volunteers gather to share gratitude at our camp in Takure. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

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Season 4 Comes to an End!

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Season 4 Comes to an End!

We did it! Season 4 is complete. But what did we accomplish?

We started Conscious Impact in 2015, and now, more than 4 years later, we are as passionate, committed and united as ever before. With time also comes experience, and our work in Season 4 was more balanced, effective and sustainable than ever.

The Dahal Family in Bimire stands in front of their nearly completed 4-bedroom home. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

The Dahal Family in Bimire stands in front of their nearly completed 4-bedroom home. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Families moved into their new CSEB Homes in Season 4 after three years without permanent shelter. Conscious Impact was there to support.

Nepali families continue to build and our team provided more than 50,000 environmentally sustainable and locally produced CSEBs!

Our Nepali team has now produced more than 200,000 CSEBs in 4 years! Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our Nepali team has now produced more than 200,000 CSEBs in 4 years! Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our Youth Empowerment Program is stronger than ever. We reach more than 30 young women every week to discuss sexual health, body awareness, self confidence and visions of the future. Plus, we include the boys on occasional days for valuable (and fun!) open discussions.

Additionally, we have begun After School Homework sessions at our camp, led by Conscious Impact volunteers. We practice English, other academic subjects, and mostly offer a free play space with
dozens of young Nepali students.

Girls Empowerment class in Nawlpur, Nepal. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Girls Empowerment class in Nawlpur, Nepal. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our Agriculture and Reforestation Program has now planted more than 20,000 trees in collaboration with local farmers, and this year these trees will produce their first fruits!

Amar and Sanu Kanchi Ranamagar stand proudly with one of their many coffee trees. Amar serves on the Takure Basic Organic Coffee Cooperative board and enthusiastically supports all of our agriculture initiatives in the area.  Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Amar and Sanu Kanchi Ranamagar stand proudly with one of their many coffee trees. Amar serves on the Takure Basic Organic Coffee Cooperative board and enthusiastically supports all of our agriculture initiatives in the area.
Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

The new water tank is complete, providing more than 40,000 liters of water per day to more than 80 families in the community of Takure. Read more here.

Community members and volunteers stand proudly on the new 40,000 liter water tank. Photo by Ankit Tanu

Community members and volunteers stand proudly on the new 40,000 liter water tank. Photo by Ankit Tanu

The Orphanage Project, completed with our bricks in 2017, now houses more than 25 young children, and we visit each week with volunteers.

Spending time at the Mother Sister Nepal orphanage. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Spending time at the Mother Sister Nepal orphanage. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

And last, but not least, the new Takure Coffee Cooperative Center!

Built with earthbags, this office and storage facility will support local farmers to process their first coffee harvests in December 2019. We look forward to finally getting some of the fruits of these labors :)

Plastering the Coffee Cooperative’s outside walls in February. The project is now complete!

Plastering the Coffee Cooperative’s outside walls in February. The project is now complete!

But the work is not done…

Our support of local youth, especially young women, is just beginning. We have planted over 20,000 trees, but we plan to plant more than 100,000 more in the next 10 years. We completed the new water tank and will continue to support communities with access to water management. And of course, families will continue to build around the region, and we want to be there with environmentally sustainable and locally produced building materials. Read more here to see what Season 5 has to bring.

We need volunteers now more than ever to sustain our support of the families in Takure…

Sign up now to volunteer for Season 5, starting October 1st 2019.

See you in Nepal!

Our home in the Himalayas. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our home in the Himalayas. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

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The Water Tank is Complete!

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The Water Tank is Complete!

After 6 months of collaboration with the community of Takure, the 40,000 liter water tank is finally complete!

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Today, the Conscious Impact team and community leaders from around Takure gathered to celebrate our collective accomplishment. Now, for the first time in more than 20 years, families will finally have access to sufficient water for domestic use!

We are SO grateful to every community member and volunteer that worked on this project, and especially to every donor that helped us raise more than $6500 to buy sand, cement and rebar to make this tank the strongest one in the region. We are looking forward to generations of clean, sufficient drinking water in Takure!

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Camp Opens for Season 2!

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Camp Opens for Season 2!

After a couple month hiatus while the monsoon rained poured, we are so happy to be back in Takure. We returned to a lush and overgrown camp, the welcoming smiles of familiar faces, and more dal bhat meals than we ever thought we could consume.

Our first volunteer group for the season has arrived. Ten generous and inspiring human beings, who have flown across the world to selflessly join us in our work. We've been spending our days getting camp back in order, rebuilding steps, replacing bamboo, and making bricks. Grateful to all of our volunteers for their constant and ever-giving support and love. 

The beautiful adventure of season two has begun!

Volunteers helped reopen camp with some restoration projects! Here they are passing large rocks to repair a few of our stairs in camp. 

Volunteers helped reopen camp with some restoration projects! Here they are passing large rocks to repair a few of our stairs in camp. 

Mariana Jimenez shows volunteers how we test each batch of CSEBs during their training at the Takure Training and Production Center. 

Mariana Jimenez shows volunteers how we test each batch of CSEBs during their training at the Takure Training and Production Center. 

First day on the job! Mixing mixing mixing a batch of CSEBs.

First day on the job! Mixing mixing mixing a batch of CSEBs.

Cofounders, Allen and Orion, standing proudly with their "best dancing" award they received from a community celebration. 

Cofounders, Allen and Orion, standing proudly with their "best dancing" award they received from a community celebration. 

Took this beautiful group on a day hike to Gupha to rejuvenate ourselves in the beautiful Himalayas. 

Took this beautiful group on a day hike to Gupha to rejuvenate ourselves in the beautiful Himalayas. 

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