After Nepal’s devastating earthquake in April, the international community rushed to help. Well-meaning though it was, the huge influx of helpers actually complicated relief efforts. That issue and other lessons were the focus of a symposium at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on September 16.
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During her summer internship in Nepal, HKS student Yoko Okura conducted stakeholder interviews with community leaders, local government officials, teachers, students, and parents to evaluate the impact of community-based and school-based disaster reduction programs.
Alumni of SAI’s Visiting Artist Program say the experience at Harvard was incredibly enriching for their work.
At a recent meeting of the Harvard Alumni Group of Nepal, Milan Rai, SAI’s Visiting Artist in April, discussed his White Butterfly project, which has spread to 40 countries and counting.
The Program welcomes applications from emerging artists in South Asia to come to Harvard University to participate in interdisciplinary discourse with students and faculty on global issues relevant to South Asia.
With support from SAI, Harvard students are in South Asia for research, internships, and language study in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka this summer.
SAI welcomes submissions for its summer blog from Harvard students, faculty, alumni, and affiliates on an array of topics pertaining to South Asia.
“Nepal’s constitution is a milestone, and it’s a living document that should be taken to the people for broader engagement,” said Alaina B. Teplitz, US Ambassador to Nepal, at a recent meeting in Kathmandu of the Harvard Alumni Group in Nepal.
Last week, SAI hosted Milan Rai, an artist from Nepal, who spread white butterflies across campus. He also met with students, gave a public seminar, and attended classes.
“The kindness and perseverance of the people are the lasting impressions I have of Nepal,” says Yoko Okura, Harvard Kennedy School student, who spent her winter session interning with Daayitwa, a local NGO based in Kathmandu.