Three Ways to Make in Impact in One Small Corner of Nepal

A woman in Okharpauwa points to the rubble where a woman and two children were buried. (Photo by Bhupi Ghimire/Volunteers Initiative Nepal)
May 3, 2015
A woman in Okharpauwa points to the rubble where a woman and two children were buried in debris. (Photo:  Bhupi Ghimire/Volunteers Initiative Nepal) Nepal Earthquake Quick Facts• Over 8,000 deaths • Total death toll predicted to exceed 15,000 • Over 600,000 homes destroyed • 1.7 million children directly affected • Over 125,000 pregnant women affected • Reconstruction expenses predicted to exceed $5 billion “At that earthquake moment, I was thinking...
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Maori Students Show Support of Aboriginal Communities in Australia

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April 12, 2015
Students from Tetahi Ke Tua pose for a picture with a banner during their weekly gathering at the AUT campus meetinghouse. This image, along with many similar images across the globe, is being uploaded to social media accounts to raise awareness and show support for Aboriginal communities in Australia. (Photo by Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media)   On April 1, students from Auckland University of Technology’s Maori student organization, Tetahi Ke Tua, chose...
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Maori Media Instructor Reflects on Maori’s Journey from Near Extinction

Robert Pouwhare was a part of many political movements for Maori language and culture revitalization and well-being in New Zealand from the 1970’s onward. These movements led to a Maori language education system, as well as a strong Maori media presence in radio, television, and film. (Photo by Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media)
March 30, 2015
Robert Pouwhare was a part of many political movements for Maori language and culture revitalization and well-being in New Zealand from the 1970’s onward. These movements led to a Maori language education system, as well as a strong Maori media presence in radio, television, and film. (Photo by Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media) It is yet another Friday afternoon at Auckland University of Technology. Like last week, the computer lab is filled...
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Cultural Identity of Māori Youth is Fueled by Yesterdays History and Tomorrows Technology

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March 23, 2015

It’s a beautiful, sunny Friday afternoon in Auckland, New Zealand. The Auckland University of Technology’s campus is slowing down as the weekend nears. Yet one classroom, a large computer lab, is buzzing with energy, enthusiasm, and creativity as a dozen young Māori students exchange ideas for short film productions. They are second year students in AUT’s Maori Media program, instructed by Dr. Ella Henry and Robert Pouwhare, and they are…

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New Zealand Organizations Make Efforts to Maintain Maori Culture

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March 16, 2015

The presence of technology and media has opened many doors and endless possibilities for populations around the world. However, for many cultures, accessibility to media and technology has led to concerns over language loss and cultural identity. Many individuals, educational facilities, and media outlets in New Zealand are making an effort to ensure that the Maori language and culture remains strong in the face of globalization. Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village “Our…

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Yup’ik Alaska Natives Seek Cultural Preservation

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March 9, 2015

Residents of Southwest Alaska are grieving the loss of Paul John, a community elder and cultural leader from Toksook Bay, Alaska. According to KTUU, John died in Anchorage as a result of heart problems on Friday, March 6, at the age of 85. John’s death has a deep and far-reaching impact on the state, as he was viewed as a cultural leader and advocate. He is remembered for teaching traditional ways…

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Tibetans in Nepal Seek Economic and Cultural Stability

Prayer flags wave from a stupa near the monastery in Tashi Palkhiel, Nepal. (Photo: Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media)
December 15, 2014

Thousands of Tibetans have fled their homeland over the past several decades, and sought out life in settlements abroad. Of these 140,000  refugees, it is estimated that 20,000 currently live in Nepal, where they have limited legal status.  With no land to call home, Tibetans in Nepal struggle daily for economic stability, while still trying to maintain and preserve their cultural identities. Refugees in a Foreign Land In 1959, Tibetans began fleeing their…

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Phedi Woman Sews to Secure her Future

Sabita Lamichhane measures out the fabric for a traditional Nepali dress in her tailoring shop. (Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media)
November 9, 2014

PHEDI, NEPAL (Nov. 3, 2014) Sabita Lamichhane measures out the fabric for a traditional Nepali dress in her tailoring shop. (Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media) Sabita Lamichhane is one of the few entrepreneurs in the small village of Phedi, Nepal. She owns a tailoring shop, while also juggling her roles and responsibilities at home and in her family’s fields. Listen to the story above to learn about her journey towards her place as…

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Agricultural Cooperative Empowers Nepali Women

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October 26, 2014

The United Nations recognizes that, in many regions of the world, women live a life of limited opportunities, inequalities, and oppression. “Gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in…

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