International Volunteers Day

Posted December 7, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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Recently on 5th December, 2014, we observed "International Volunteers Day" with the theme "People's Participation. Make Change Happen, Volunteer!". Being a youth & a volunteer myself, "International Volunteers Day" was of great importance to me. As I have been placed as an ICS (International Citizen Service) volunteer via Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Nepal, I have got to learn more about the importance of volunteering for the change especially in the developing country...


Journey with Voices of Youth

Posted November 24, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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Sometimes I feel that time is running too fast and this feeling has become stronger as I am wondering how fast has time passed as it is already five months of my internship with Voices of Youth blogging. However, I am very glad that I am part of VOY and got this golden opportunity to share my views and ideas in the global online youth platform. During my internship with VOY, I got to learn about various issues of all around the globe like gender issues, FGM, environment issues...


My wish for children in 25 years time is…......

Posted November 18, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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To my knowledge, the major problems that the children of today's world are facing are malnutrition, gender inequality, child labor, child marriage, female genital mutilation, sexual crimes, war/violence, depression, lack of education, drug addiction, lack of emotional security etc. So, if I could make some wishes for children in 25 years time then I would make the following wishes: First of all, I wish that no child fetus will be aborted because of being a girl. I wish that every...


Is It Controversial? Federal States in Nepal

Posted November 18, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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Frankly speaking, I don’t like politics very much. However, being a youth and a responsible citizen of the nation, I listen to political news and discussions to understand the political situation of the country. Unfortunately, Nepal is presently facing severe political instability despite the fact that there should have been political stability in this phase, as we held the second election for drafting our constitution by 22 January 2015. The first constitutional assembly was not...


Voices of Youth INSPIRE: Pursue a Career You Are Interested In

Posted November 15, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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As an inspiring young person, I am going to introduce a young cricketer of Nepal. Rijan Dhakal is a young cricket player of Nepal who participated in ACC U-16 cricket championship held in Malaysia in August 2014. Six countries including Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Oman, Bahrain & Malaysia had participated the tournament in which Nepal had brought the trophy home against Malaysia in final, for the first time in the history of Nepal for this age group. Name: Rijan Dhakal...


Rauvolfia Serpentina; A Medicinal Herb

Posted November 7, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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Rauvolfia serpentina or ‘snakeroot’ or ‘sarpagandha’ is one of the 80 species of Rauvolfia in the family Apocynaceae. IUCN has kept this plant under endangered status, and it is listed in CITES Appendix II. It is native to South and East Asia and mainly found in tropical regions (Mabberley, 2008). Scientific Classificaton Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Magnoliopsida Order: Gentianales Family: Apocynaceae Genus: Rauvolfia Species: s...


Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis

Posted October 29, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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We observed “International Food Day” on 16th October. This year theme of the day was “Family Farming – Feeding the World, Caring the Earth”. Family farming helps in achieving food security by eradicating hunger, improving livelihoods, achieving sustainability etc. In this modern 21st century, sustainability of mankind is challenged by various problems like climate change, disease outbreaks (for example: Ebola), pollution, youth unemployment etc. However, the major &am...


My Earth; My Responsibility

Posted October 21, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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Earth is a beautiful living planet of the Universe as the common habitat of more than 7 billion human population & millions of species of biodiversity. Our Earth provides us with food, shelter & with most of our requirements. Despite unavoidable free services provided by earth to humans we are not being able to pay off her kindness to us. Rather we humans are being cruel to our Earth by our selfish activities. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every...


International Day of the Girl Child

Posted October 14, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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The “International Day of Girl Child” passed only a few days ago on 11th October with the theme of “Empowering Adolescent Girls; Ending the Cycles of Violence”. I listened to a radio interview of a female right activist who pointed out two terrible cases against girls in the country. A 7 year girl was raped by her own grandfather & a 15 year old girl was raped by her own father. These are only the representative cases, probably hundreds or thousands of such cases mi...


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