CAN Nepal’s Annual General Meeting took place over two days at the end of February and gave everyone present an opportunity to reflect on the future direction of the charity. Change has come about as a result of the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Nepal requesting that CAN should concentrate on projects in North Gorkha and to withdraw from projects with which it has had long term involvement - in some cases for as long as 25 years.
In his Operations’ Directors report, presented to the meeting, Doug expressed his sadness at these changes but very proud that together the charity, and the village communities, have worked so well together and achieved so much.
Doug also stressed that community projects in Langtang would continue to be supported and stressed that, if there were sufficient children, CAN would support the construction of a school. Additionally, CAN was committed to the Porter Rescue Shelters in Khumbu and the School for the Deaf Children in Bahrabise.
Doug also emphasised that with the move to North Gorkha it was necessary to encourage local representation whilst, at the same time and in order to maintain continuity, retain some of the longer serving members. Doug hoped that Tej would retain a special responsibility for Khumbu and that Bhoj and Shrijana would be in a similar position to represent Bahrabise.
Murari kindly sent the following image of the newly elected CAN Board Members at the beginning of their three year term of office:
Many CAN supporters, who have visited CAN Nepal over the years, will have met Sunita Tamang, one of CAN’s nurse managers, whose role has been pivotal in establishing CAN’s reputation as a provider of sound health care provision. Sunita joined CAN in December 2000 and, after nearly 19 years service, will be leaving in July 2019. Everyone, both here in the UK and at CAN Nepal, wishes her well for the future.