The seed of AVP in Nepal was sowed in 2007, finding solid ground from which to grow one year later. Most of our workshops are currently held in communities with public school teachers, university teachers and students, community groups, and social workers.
Regular workshops are being held in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Surkhet, and less frequently in places like Kavre, Parbat, Tanahu, Nuwakot, and Lalitpur.
We have also worked with the Bhutanese refugee community, young female social leaders from around the country, and people with traumatic experiences. Most recently, we were involved in helping some of the earthquake survivors to rebuild their lives and peace of mind.
AVP Nepal has worked with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), Friends Peace Teams Asia West Pacific (FPT AWP), Children Nepal, Women’s Power Development Center, and Mid-Western University, among others.
Nepal is the youngest federal republic in the world and has seven newly formed states. AVP Nepal is progressing to establish a critical mass of AVP facilitators in each state. We are planning activities and workshops in these areas to coincide with the World Gathering event in 2017.
The 2017 Gathering
The AVP International World Gathering 2017 is returning to the Asia West Pacific region. We are working towards crafting this event to make a unique and rich experience for all AVP facilitators around the globe. The World Gathering will be held in Katnmandu, hosted by AVP Nepal, but we are hoping to be able to offer pre and post gathering activities not only in Nepal but also in other countries in the region including India.
Nepal will showcase a dynamic program which has integrated AVP into traditional education settings. Our hosts will also share how the AVP community was able to promote resilience following a devastating earthquake and provide opportunities to facilitate local workshops in the weeks before and/or after the Gathering.
Nepal was chosen as the setting to support AVP in the Asia West Pacific Region, which last hosted the gathering in 2004. Consideration was given, among others, to the existence of a strong host committee, the availability of visas and an appropriate venue, and moving the gathering around the globe in successive years to give facilitators from each region opportunities to attend.
The AVP International World Gathering is our opportunity for face-to-face work together. We share the latest exercises and facilitation techniques, promote consistency and quality of programing and training in AVP throughout the world.
Our work together includes review of the core principles of AVP and education for the formation of transparent and sustainable programs. Together we discern the priorities for AVP International for the coming years.
As we celebrate the power of this work and exchange ideas, we make commitments to carry the wisdom gained back to our home groups. The connections that come out of the World Gathering enable us to carry on the business of AVP International across geographical distances and through the years, helping to build the infrastructure of AVP International so that regional and international committees can support the local groups that are the core of AVP. Participants in the World Gathering become part of the global AVP community through ongoing work with AVP International.
The first AVP International gathering was held in New York in 1990. It has been hosted by 8 countries in the past 25 years. The 2014 Gathering in Ireland marked a transition from being a gathering primarily of participants from the USA, Australia and the region where the Gathering was held to being a truly WORLD Gathering, with representatives from 43 countries. We intend to maintain that worldwide representation in 2017 with an ambitious fundraising program to support delegates from every country with an active AVP program.