A year ago, BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA and Raleigh International joined in a 3 years partnership with the aim of contributing to Nepal’s rebuilding and sustainable development.
A partnership around the WASH programme
The heart of the partnership, that unites the Swiss branch of the BNP Paribas Group with the non-profit organisation Raleigh International, relies on implementing the WASH (Water, Sanitation And Hygiene) programme in Nepal. This programme aims to improve:
- water networks,
- sanitation facilities,
- health and hygiene practices.
The Gorkha region: disaster-affected zone
The Gorkha region is situated at the epicentre of the first earthquake that hit the country in April 2015. The natural disaster left these communities devoid of basic services, with a large number of buildings and facilities destroyed, and still today only partially rebuilt. A circle of poverty and illness persists in the worst-affected areas, and the need for infrastructure development and health and hygiene practices is critical.
The joint mobilisation of teams made up of Raleigh and BNP Paribas in Switzerland employees!
In 2016 and within this context, the collaboration between BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA and Raleigh had already brought about real solutions to the local populations of Gorkha, with help from volunteers from around the world. In addition, Bank employees are given the opportunity to join these teams of volunteers, for on-site missions of 2 to 8 weeks. Two managers from the Bank are actually there right now, from 12th June to 2nd August, to supervise young Raleigh volunteers in implementing WASH projects.