CAN'S projects are designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding environment, the magnificence of which is one of Nepal’s greatest assets.
CAN only gets involved in projects where there is a grass-roots need that will fundamentally improve the lives of the ordinary people of Nepal; CAN is not interested in prestige projects.
CAN works with the local people, both in identifying their needs, but also ensuring that they feel a genuine sense of ownership – that it is their project, not something imposed by outsiders. This is achieved by asking local people to get actively involved and to make a practical contribution towards its completion.
CAN seeks to empower local communities, helping them to help themselves through entrepreneurial projects that provide a long term sustainable income, such as Community Action Treks, fish farms, market gardens, craft goods made from local materials.
In the planning CAN recognises that improvements can generate their own problems, for instance reducing child mortality through the installation of a health post will radically increase the population – which will very quickly need educating and then a source of employment.
To address this, we look not only to establishing medical posts, but also a school, job creation and other holistic solutions.
We hope to help local communities sustain their way of life and culture, providing another option to the seemingly inevitable drift from the countryside the city.
Our work is also about sustaining the culture of the mountain people, encouraging their inherent individuality in an increasingly globalised world.
At every level, we involve the local people and it is our eventual aim that our entire operation in Nepal, both in the hills and Khatmandu, will be run by local people.