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  1. 1. Kathmandu Environmental Waste Management Training & Institutional Strengthening Report KEEPEducation Project (KEEP) REPORT ON Porters Awareness Workshop- 2012 Syabrubesi, Langtang Region, Nepal Our Porters-Our Responsibility Supported by:
  2. 2. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP A Message from DirectorKathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) is indeedverypleased and honoured to be arecipient of grant from the SST (Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism) and the IntrepidFoundation, Australia for providing their support to this awareness program. With their grantsupport made it possible for us to raise the self-image of an essential component of Nepal’sTourism Industry – our professional Porters. Without the valuable contribution made by Porters,Nepal’s tourism industry could not be successful.This report highlights the “Porters Awareness Workshop - 2012”, held May 3-4,in Rasuwa district,Nepal for trekking industry porters employed on the Tamang Heritage Trail and in the LangtangRegion. Research shows this area to be the third most popular tourist destination in Nepal. Oneobjective of the program was to ensure these men and women recognize their importance and havea sense of unity and solidarity with tourism professionals in all corners of Nepal. Our agenda alsomarked May 1 (International Labour Day) with the theme “Our Porters-Our Responsibility”.We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our Chief Course Instructor, Mr. Ian Wall, UK,Mr. Arjun Kumar Limbu, Coordinator, and various other resource persons for their diligent supportand excellent efforts. It also makes me happy to acknowledge, Mrs. Sharki Tamang, President ofthe Mothers Group, for her generous presence and encouragement of the course participants.During the Closing Ceremonies and distribution of Certificates, it was my pleasure to congratulateall workshop participants. I believe the knowledge gained by them will be of great benefit in theirprofession and in their daily lives.Once again, I would like to express gratitude to our generous supporters for giving us thisopportunity to work in partnership with them on this humanitarian initiative. This program is a verypositive step toward achieving a higher degree of sustainable, professional Tourism in Nepal.Thank you all.DB GurungDirectorKEEP Nepal 2|Page
  4. 4. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe SST (Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism) and the Intrepid Foundation granted a fund tothe Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) for the project “Porters AwarenessWorkshop-2012”, held May 3-4, at the Syabrubesi, Rasuwa district, Nepal.The target group of the workshop was the tourism porters from the Tamang Heritage Trail (arecently opened trekking destination) and the Langtang Region including the small communitieslocated in Langtang National Park. These two areas have an enduring, historic lifestyle, a richcultural heritage of inherent in the ethnic Tamang community, combined with the outstandingscenery of the rugged peaks of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal Ranges of the lofty Himalaya. Themajority of participants in the group were members of the Tamang community and theiroverwhelming desire to be involved in the workshops was gratifying.The course curriculum included practical subjects such as “Portering as a Profession”; “Basic FirstAid”; “National Park Rules & Regulations”; “Up-Grading Opportunities from the Porter Level”;“Mountain Environment”; and “Basic Rights Issues & Problems Expressed by Tourism Porters”. Acronyms CPR Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation NP National Park AMS Acute Mountain Sickness LNP Langtang National Park KEEP Kathmandu Environmental Education Project NTB Nepal Tourism Board PCB Porters Clothing Bank FITs Free Independent Trekkers SST Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism THT Tamang Heritage Trail 4|Page
  5. 5. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP1. IntroductionPorters are the backbone of the tourism industry in Nepal and in many other developingcountries; despite this fact, they are commonly neglected in the circle of the tourism industryand there is no consistent industry standard or code governing their rights, safety or workingenvironment.Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), since its establishment in 1992, hasendeavoured to be the “voice” of Porters employed in the tourism industry of Nepal. In theearly years of KEEP’s existence, we filled the role of an Advocate on behalf of Porters, in additionto offering some useful training programs, such as First Aid Courses. For several years, werecognized the critical need for a Porters Clothing Bank (PCB). Initially, in the late 1990’s wepartnered with the newly formed Porters Progress organization to provide this service from acorner in the KEEP office. Finally, in 2009, with support from the International PorterProtection Group (IPPG) and several other organizations, KEEP was able to establish thisessential program under its own banner. In 2011, KEEP introduced a workshop, similar to therecent awareness program, for the very first time. That workshop was held in the capital city ofNepal, Kathmandu. We later realized the program would achieve an even greater impact if wetook it to Porters in their home towns, as many of them could not afford to come to city to stay.Therefore, this proved to be a successful strategy for the workshop recently held in the remotevillage of Sybrubesi, Rasuwa district. The village of Syabrubesi is a 7-hours bus drive North ofKathmandu city. Many Porters in Rasuwa are relatively new to the tourism industry. Most ofthese Porters work on one of the newer trekking routes, the Tamang Heritage Trail, and in theLangtang region. Statistics of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) indicate Langtang is the thirdmost visited tourist destination in Nepal.Worldwide, May 1 (The International Labour Day) is celebrated each year but its existence andsignificance is unknown to most porters in developing countries. KEEP’s aim, in conducting theworkshop during the month of May, was to influence the tourism industry regarding theseissues and to encourage them to treat their porters in a responsible and ethical way. It was alsoan opportunity to educate the Porters regarding their right to a safe and ethical workplaceenvironment.2. Program Goal, Objectives and CoverageThe program goal was to strengthen the tourism porters to deal with their problemsindividually by imparting awareness.The following were the workshop objectives:a) To enable the 50 Porters (labourers) through group discussion and presentations, to understand the responsibilities of their job: including duties, problem solving of issues and government policies relative to the provision of insurance by their employers, working conditions and employee rights,b) To teach the Porters practical skills and knowledge needed for their job such as basic First Aid, prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), Safety procedures, , National Park rules and Regulations and other important issues that will enable them and their co-workers to trek responsibly in the Himalayan mountain environment.c) To inform and raise the level of awareness and understanding of these 50 porters as well as other tourism stakeholders, of important porters’ issues including the services available through the KEEP-Porters Clothing Bank and procedures to borrow from the PCB.d) To publish the Porters Guideline books for easy reference for all Stakeholders. 5|Page
  6. 6. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEPThe major contents coverage was as follows: i) Porters as a Job-Sharing exchanging issues and publish into Porters Guideline book ii) Basic First Aid course, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), Safety iii) Tourism Porters’ Human Rights and How to deal issues. iv) National Parks –Rules and Regulations, importance of NP v) Mountain Environment and Responsible Trekking vi) KEEP PCB promotion and Procurement method.3. Project Location and Time FrameThis Workshop was held in the village of Syabrubesi, in the general area of the ‘TamangHeritage Trail (THT)’, situated north of the Kathmandu Valley and adjacent to western boundaryof the Langtang National Park, Langtang National Park is the third most popular trekkingdestination after the Everest and Annapurna Regions. The geographic location is 28o 09’ 28’’ Nand 85 o 20’ 35.19” E (see Fig.1). The workshop was conducted on May 3-4, 2012, from 10.00am- 3.00 pm on the first day and from 8.00 am to 1.30 pm on the second day. Project location Fig.1 Geographical location of the Project site: Syabrubesi,Langtang Region.4. Workshop Target GroupWe surpassed our original workshop objective of 50 Porters by 50%with a total of 75participants in attendance (See Annex 1).Only four persons, of the seventy-five in attendance at the workshop, were employed by atrekking company. The other participants were employed by Free Independent Trekkers(FITs). Only a few of them have worked outside the Tamang Heritage Trail or Langtang region.In this area, the tourism stakeholders were primarily the hotel owners. Many of the workshopparticipants live in the buffer zone of Langtang National park. 6|Page
  7. 7. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP5. Workshop Delivery Methodology and ExpectationsA variety of communication methods were used, including: -MS power-point slide show presentation by Lecturers, - Group discussion, Brainstorming and Participatory presentation by participants -Practical demonstration & scenario/situation discussion, -Plain English language used at most, and Nepali script was also accepted. -Printed promotional materials of workshop -National Park books citing rules and regulations. -Porter Guidebook publicationEach participant was expected to learn from each presentation and questions/answers. Sessionparticipants were strongly encouraged to ask questions and take part in all discussions in orderto gain the maximum benefit from the workshop.This workshop was facilitated and delivered by the Chief course Instructor, Ian Wall, UK; Mr.Buddhi Raj Pathak, Assistant Conservation Officer, Langtang National Park; Mr. RajendraKarmacharya, First Aid trainer, former sub-inspector at the Gov’t Hospital, and Mr. Arjun KumarLimbu, Program Officer of KEEP. The course schedules and its details are attached to this report(See ANNEX 3).6. Summary of the Workshop ProceedingsThe workshop was conducted for two days:DAY 1: May 3, Thursday, 2012Registration for the program began at 10.20 am in the training hall at Syabrubesi. Afterregistration, all participants were given a set of stationery (File bag, pen, copy, color pens, chartpaper) plus a workshop Tee Shirt for ease of identification throughout the workshop period. Fig. 2 Group Activity (Outside and Inside a Training Hall)The first session started with a group discussion, sharing their personal thoughts regardingportering as a profession. The participants were divided into 6 groups of about 10 people ineach group. Each group was provided with a chart paper and colored pens, to record theirissues/problem/solutions for the questions the following questions: 7|Page
  8. 8. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP i) What problems have you faced whileworking as a tourism porter? ii) What things should be prepared before we plan to go trekking?From this first session, it was hoped theanswers to the above questions would help theparticipants to analyze and understand whythey faced such problems, and what could havebeen done in advance to prevent having theseproblems. The main objective was to be awareof potential problems and prepare physically,psychologically and emotionally before headingoff to trek with a load. The other potentialbenefit of this session was to learn and shareexperiences and knowledge that could helpeach other in the future.Following the small group discussion period,each group was given an opportunity to presenttheir key issues and suggested solutions to theentire workshop attendees. More discussionensued with additional ideas suggested of how toprevent or resolve these problems.The highlighted key problems and preparationoutlined and presented by each presenter fromformed groups were as follows:Group 1: The problems were: Inadequate Equipment& Gears (Rope) Sunglasses, Shoes Salary No Jacket for raining Fig.3 Participants’ feedback in the group work activity No Medicines during trek sick , No Insurance from Trekking office Deport in the middle of Job with some excuses like problem of insufficient carried food items for complete trekking groups in mountains. (For 18 days’ agreed job initially, deport us after 5 days- we also have our plans-they shouldn’t treat us like this, we’d other better options than to be deported on too early)Group 2: The presented problems were: a) More weight than assigned load (Before trek agreed on 30Kg, later 45-50Kg on field). b) No clothing sets according to temperature c) Less salary than agreed/assigned by government d) Language barrier to speak with tourists even though there’s a great interest. e) Improper fooding and lodging f) No knowledge on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) even after being victim. g) No Sunglasses provided for snowy conditions h) No wind and waterproof jackets, No Proper shoes for walking in snow i) Guides are barriers to speak with tourists (Guides often worry if Porters would benefit more/damage trip etc.) 8|Page
  9. 9. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEPGroup 3: Problems presented a) Heavy Load b) Less salary c) No suitable clothes d) No necessary info, workshops for porters e) No porters are provided any info regarding trekking. f) When porters have problems, Guides do not let them communicate with tourists. g) No availability of medicines h) Improper fooding management i) Hoteliers’ perspective towards ‘Porters’: Treat with us very inhumanely (We are human too!!) j) Tips from Guests (Tourists) to Porters is not available to us k) No insurance for Porters Should know things before trekking: a) Regarding trekking b) About Standard load weight, and carrying items c) About Geography and local Cultures and customs d) First Aid Group 4: Problems presented a) More weight than weight approved by government b) No proper clothing according to altitude and temperature of local trekking areas c) AMS in mountain and Vomiting in lowlands (Don’t know why it happens!! No medicines, No Help) Should know things before trekking: a) Insurance is a must. b) Knowledge on First Aid c) Should learn English language d) What food and accommodation will be provided/available in trekking route? e) What shoes, sunglasses and clothing will be provided/available according to local environmental/ geographical terrain conditions?Group 5: Problems presented a) Inadequate& discriminate in salary- Before trek, agree on daily basis, however, paid less most often (once I was paid for only 15days’ salary for 18 days’ hard work). b) Poor sleeping area – No facility of sleeping bag and Shoes c) After reaching mountain areas, guides/hoteliers neglect porters. 9|Page
  10. 10. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEPGroup 6: Problems presented:DAY 1-AFTERNOON SESSIONAfter meeting our objectives for this first session, the second session began immediately afterlunch for an hour. This second session was facilitated by Mr. Buddhi Raj Pathak, AssistantConservation Officer, Langtang National park, on following topics: -National park’s (NP) rules and regulation& its history and Necessity of NP, legal issues, -Mountain environment& geography, importance of environment and biodiversity, waste disposal inside NP, Wildlife Habitat and some animals’ behavior -tourists’ interest in National park, Permits & Fees, off-beaten trekking opportunities inside NP, & security issues, - Anti-Poaching& Poachers, Camping equipment inside NP, Wildlife disturbances by tourism activities, animal-buffer zone conflict, indigenous people’s right based approach on local resources [ILO (169)], Sustainable Forest Use -Informing illegal activities to Security officers of NPs, Govt. officers-humanitarian job.Mr. Pathak discussed the subject matterwith a reference to a national guidancebook of the national parks which hadlegal issues as shown in Fig 4.Some of the questions raised byparticipants were as follows:i) Porters are Poor, Why can’t we use our own forest for living?ii) In case if animals attack us, is it ok to kill those animals?iii) Why don’t we have right at least to use dry forest products by Buffer zone people? Fig. 4 Mr. Buddhi Raj Pathak, Assistant Conservation Officer, Langtang National Park 10 | P a g e
  11. 11. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEPWith all the answers to their queriesby Mr. Pathak, the first day wasofficially ended. It was agreedbetween all participants to attendday 2 sharp on 8.00 am and theywere reminded to wear the T-shirtswhich had logos, messages ofsupporters of this workshop with anobjective to let know visiting touristsknow about it.DAY 2: MAY 4, FRIDAY, 2012All the participants arrived by 8.30am, even though, we agreed at 8.00am time. Our first session was thebasic First Aid course, and Mr.Rajendra Karmacharya, First Aid Instructor, facilitated it. He introduced himself and gaveeveryone a warm welcome to his session. He suggested going outside the hall into the field sothat all could observe the practical aspects demonstrations because our space was very smallspace for 75 people. We chose a location under a shade tree and everyone sat in a circle aroundthe Instructor.He began with a question, ‘Have you ever fallen/seen accidents during trekking or in your dailylives?One of participants, Mr. Ashok Lama, Gatlang village of THT, shared his problem with all of us.“Few years back, while expedition to the ‘Meera Peak’ of height 6476m, I had a severe stomachpain and I didn’t know what to do or who to be told about this problem. At times, I felt vomiting aswell.To his scenario, Mr. Rajendra assumed a possibility of a food poison, and explained that suchincidents could occur anytime not only in trekking. With this, he highlighted importance of FirstAid and began with a definition and objectives of it step by step.The subjects covered by Instructors were: Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Fractures, Bleeding (Internal/External), Choking, Diarrhoea Sprain & Musculoskeletal problems while carrying load, Acute Mountain Sickness.In each section, the instructor asked a few interesting examples of possible problems and askedparticipants what they would do in such situation.For Example.  If someone’s arm is fractured/impaired/pinned by anything, what to do?  What are the symptoms of AMS?During Fractures session, a volunteer among participants was called up and displayed apractical demonstration of the triangular bandaging step by step method. Such demonstrationsmade topic interesting and practical as shown in Fig 5. 11 | P a g e
  12. 12. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP Fig.5. Demonstration of a Triangular Bandaging method by Rajendra Karmacharya, First Aid Instructor.DAY 2-AFTERNOON SESSIONIt was 12.30 pm, then, the second sessionof the second day was facilitated by ourChief Course Instructor, Ian Wall, and histopic entitled “Working for the Benefits ofPorter” summed up all the aspects of ourworkshop: Our Porters-OurResponsibility, as shown in Fig 6. The firstday’s issues, problems were recalled todiscuss further.His presentation included:  Why are you working in the trekking?  Then, what do I have to be a good porter? Fig. 6. Ian Wall: lecture& presentation. Employment conditions- working for company or FITs? If you know your rights, don’t be taken advantage of and do not to accept duties that endanger either yourself or your clients. Check Insurance. Knowledge-Know the company name, contact details of your company, guide name/telephone number, address, passport number of your clients [FITs].Know your rights. Know your trek details. Types of Porter/Load. Know where to get help. Map reading, Daily pace, Issues of Concern: Salary, food, accommodation, AMS, Insurance, Rescue, weight, interaction with clients, up-grading opportunities to become guide and leader, language skills, Clothing Status: Professionalism in work, dressing, duties, respect and improved status. Increase self-esteem, valued by family, community, & industry. Language Skills: command respect and improved status, Chances of better salary & tips, interaction with clients. 12 | P a g e
  13. 13. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP Professionalism: Are you serious in your Job? Look, Act & Speak professional. Good communication with your guides. Working in different mountain climates; Willingness to work hard. Happy, Cheerful and smiling nature all the time. Dangers: Helicopters rescue steps, parts of helicopters; Accidents; sun burn, avalanches, grounds/snow. Getting lost due to weather/route knowledge lack. Anything is possible!! Portrayed about a professional photographer now, former porter with him just two years before. It’s possible!! Our Guides Tomorrow: Up-grading to become a guide with better salary, better status. So, to acquire knowledge, Skill Trainings like First Aid course, Navigation course, Client awareness course, Communication skills. KEEP Porters Clothing Bank- History, Available clothing sets, procurement methods. Yes, KEEP PCB (Porters Clothing Bank, Kathmandu city, Nepal, Phone no, address, website provided), explained procedures to procure it Know symptoms of hypothermia and AMS? KEEP is here to help tourism porters!!On this day, May 4th 2012, a Closing and Certificate distribution ceremony was held marking thesuccessful conclusion of this two days’ workshop with attendances of local dignitaries’, KEEPDirector, DB Gurung, KEEP board members & Staffs, Resource person, participants, mediapersons. During the ceremony, our Chief Guest of honor, Mrs. Sharki Tamang, Chairman of localwomen’s group, congratulated and awarded a certificate of completion to all participantsinvolved in this workshop. At this ceremony, KEEP Director, DB Gurung, expressed sincereappreciation to the SST Foundation and Intrepid Foundation for their generous support withenabling KEEP to conduct this awareness program. He was happy to see more than expectednumber of participants in attendance to take this practical course. He also congratulatedeveryone for completion of the two days course and encouraged to use these skills in theirprofessional life.7. Participants’ FeedbackParticipants had given feedback to us formally and informally. The informal feedback was theissues raised during casual conversation between participants and workshop coordinators, asfollows: This was the first time such an essential workshop has been conducted for us in our homeland. Participants’ arrival was delayed due to a strike day in a border district, Nuwakot. Some participants were from distant rural areas. It took time to reach this training hall. KEEP should report and raise our voices to the government, national and international organizations so that something is done regarding our problems, issues. There is a need of a PCB at Syabrubesi as this is a gateway to the Langtang region and Tamang Heritage Trail. They were happy to share and discuss about these issues/problems with their colleagues and KEEP. The First Aid course was very essential. All participants were excited to learn about KEEP’s PCB& its procurement method. More excited about topics like the up grading opportunities to become a guide, leader from their low status, Portering job. This workshop was attended by a total of 75 participants. That number was 50% more than expected. As a result, the training Hall was crowded and possibly less attention paid to cover all. Necessity of a Tourism Porters’ Union. 13 | P a g e
  14. 14. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP8. Conclusion and RecommendationsThe two days Porters Awareness Workshop was successfully conducted by KEEP for May 3 -4,2012 at the Syabrubesi with support from the Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism (SST)and the Intrepid Foundation for the tourism porters from Langtang region.Based on the workshop overview and participants’ feedback, below are some few specificrecommendations arisen from the discussions: i. There was a common consensus among participants to KEEP that in this area there should be a Porters Clothing Bank. Therefore, it was suggested that KEEP should convince concerned partner organizations to play a vital roles to ensure a PCB is established at Syabrubesi. ii. KEEP should take porters’ real problems, issues to the government, national and international organizations so that positive action is taken to improve their situation. iii. Continue to conduct more workshops, training, and other educational programs for their welfare, better economic and upgrading opportunities.9. Lessons Learned from this WorkshopThe lessons learned were both positive and negative. The negative lessons were possibly less attention paid individually due to more number of participation than expected. At times it was also realized the difficultly to control the mass, especially during group participatory activity. Porters’ life is very grim and often people treat them inhumanely. New young generations of porters continue to generate who also need to be updated constantly through welfare programs.However, the positive lessons were: More participants than expected, is a good sign of people’s interest in this workshop and expected greater positive impacts to many. Multitude hidden issues were raised from groups and a facilitator should be very patient to deal with their concerns. This workshop was more effective and was better at reaching the target groups than the workshop held in Kathmandu in 2011. New young generations of Porters help to continue this tourism industry they are more educated and aware of many things. This workshop also led us to understand further about their interests, necessities and concerns for their future welfare programs. 14 | P a g e
  15. 15. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEP ANNEXESANNEX 1: LIST OF PARTICIPANTS 15 | P a g e
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  17. 17. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEPANNEX 2: PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS DISTRIBUTED TO PARTICIPANTS 17 | P a g e
  18. 18. Waste Management Training & Institutional Strengthening Report KEEPANNEX 3: COURSE SCHEDULES AND RESOURCE PERSONSThe following table was the program details. KATHMANDU ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROJECT (KEEP) TWO-DAY PORTERS WELFARE WORKSHOP-2012, Syabrubesi May 3-4, 2012 TOPIC Time Program Resource Person DAY 1 9.30 am Participants Arrival and Registration Introduction 10:00am Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Purpose & Expectations KEEP-Arjun Experience sharing from Porters: Porter as a Job: Problems, Need, Issues shared from IAN WALL, UK /ARJUN LIMBU, 10:30am Difficulties, Future, emergency & preparedness, Insurance policy, Porters KEEP securities and porter’s rights in Nepal. Govt Policy., security 12:30 Lunch NP Legal issues, regulation, plan & policy in reference to Langtang NP, Buddhi Raj Pathak, Assistant National Park (NP) 1.30pm dos n donts, tourists attractions, the Mountain environment, Solid Conservation Officer, Langtang waste, Entrance Fees, Dos n Don’ts in NP National Park DAY 1 Closing Theory, Practical: Basic First Aid, CPR, Choking Bleeding, Skeletal DAY 2: 8.30am RAJENDRA K. Muscular, Sprain, Fracture, Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) First Aid & SAFETY Break ( 10 minutes) PORTER JOB & Working for Porters Benefit: Responsibilities as a Porter, Porters right, Human Rights; 12.30pm Up gradation opportunities, KEEP -Porter’s clothing Bank (PCB) History, IAN /ARJUN PCB & INTERACTION Clothing details, & Procurement methods. Closing 1.30 Certificate Distribution & Closing Ceremony KEEP
  19. 19. Waste Management Training & Institutional Strengthening Report KEEPANNEX 4: PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP: BRAINSTORMING
  20. 20. Waste Management Training & Institutional Strengthening Report KEEP ANNEX 5: CERTIFICATE SAMPLE
  21. 21. Waste Management Training & Institutional Strengthening Report KEEP ANNEX 6: BROCHURE
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  23. 23. Waste Management Training & Institutional Strengthening Report KEEPANNEX 7: T-SHIRT SAMPLE FRONT PART BACK PART
  24. 24. Waste Management Training & Institutional Strengthening Report KEEPANNEX 8: KEEP PORTERS CLOTHING BANK (PCB)PROMOTIONPRINTED AT TOURISM NEWSPAPER
  25. 25. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEPANNEX 9: KEEP PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASEKathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) has been promoting sustainableecotourism since its inception through its various activities. "Porters Welfare Program" is themajor activities of KEEP and under this activity; KEEP has been running various workshopsfor the welfare of porters and also practically helping them by equipping with essentialcomplete sets of clothing for trekking from KEEP Porters Clothing Bank.On May 3 & 4, 2012, KEEP conducted a Two Day Porters Awareness Workshop atSyabrubesi for the porters of Tamang Heritage and Langtang region. The workshop wassuccessfully completed on May 4. This workshop was attended by 75 porters from differentvillages of Langtang region. The workshop entitled awareness in the porters as a profession& rights, hygiene and sanitation, trekking responsibly & solid waste management, Basic FirstAid skills & acute mountain sickness, National park rules and regulations. The workshopwas supported by the SST (Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism) and the IntrepidFoundation. This workshop was conducted with a theme of “Our porters-OurResponsibility”.The certificate distribution ceremony was held on May 4, 2012. The chief guest of theceremony Mrs. Sharki Tamang, President of the Mothers groups, distributed the certificatesto all participants. DB Gurung, Director of KEEP highlighted of the workshop and itsimportance. He also encouraged all the participants for being a responsible porter whiletrekking in the mountain. The Chief course instructor, Ian Wall, UK and KEEP Director, DBGurung congratulated all the participants and wishes that this knowledge will be of great useduring their profession and in their daily lives.DB GurungDirectorKEEP 25 | P a g e
  26. 26. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEPANNEX 10: PORTERS GUIDELINE BOOKANNEX 11: Program PHOTOS 26 | P a g e
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  40. 40. Porters Awareness Workshop Report - 2012 KEEPReport by-May 2012Kathmandu Environmental Education ProjectKathmandu, 40 | P a g e