Practical Action Blogs

    Moulding bricks, rebuilding settlements

    When we reached Deurali Interlocking Block Udyog, a small enterprise making compressed stabilised earth bricks (CSEB), Simon Tamang was working alongside five workers. He was watering a stack of CSEBs while the workers were winding up the day’s work after moulding around 500 bricks. There is an increasing demand of these environmentally friendly compressed earth bricks, made from local materials sand and soil mixed with cement. Pointing to the stack under a pomelo tree, Simon said, “All are sold, already […]

    January 18th, 2019

    The ASE conference just gets better and better for Practical Action

    Trainee teachers with Practical Action's solar challenge at ASE conference
    Another year for us at the ASE Conference and as always it was AMAZING! Of all the conferences we go to throughout the year this one always inspires us the most. This year we were promoting our new STEM challenge, The Solar Challenge, as well as talking about our existing popular challenges. and I am please do say it went down really well :-).  As well as talking about it to teachers on the stand we were able to demonstrate […]

    January 17th, 2019

    The power of gravity

    The first time I came across a gravity goods ropeways was a long, long time ago in Dhading . I was on a bus travelling from Pokhara to Kathmandu and saw this giant cage coming down a hill.  This remained a mystery until 2012 when I joined Practical Action and spotted the very same giant cage in one of Practical Action’s brochures. The gravity goods ropeway works on a very simple mechanism, using no fuel but only gravitational force. Two trolleys […]

    January 15th, 2019

    The gravitational release – the hillside story of the western Nepal

    I always get ‘fascinated’ by gravity goods ropeways. The first time I came across one was in Dhading. I don’t remember exactly when but I am sure it was a long long time back. Once I was travelling on a bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu and on the way I saw this giant cage coming off a hill. I wasn’t sure what it was inside the cage, nor did I know how that giant cage was moving. It was all […]

    January 2nd, 2019

    COP OUT!

    The climate change talks in Katowice were a roller coaster of highs and lows with a wide variety of issues on the agenda. As diverse as the agenda were the claims of the parties to the convention. Some parties have made excellent suggestions to move the negotiations forward and equally some parties have made plain ridiculous statements, especially those challenging the findings of the scientific community. These diverse perspectives present on one hand faith in human kind and global collaboration, […]

    December 20th, 2018

    Practical Action Schools…Top five highlights of 2018

    Girls into Global STEM
    As the year cones to an end, in the Practical action Schools team we have been reflecting on our top five highlights of the year.  It’s been a great year so hard to choose, but here they are: No 5 Way Back in January we launched our Ditch the Dirt STEM challenge.  This has been HUGELY popular, with children all over the country finding out about life In Turkana, Kenya and making their own water filters.  Over 1,700 sets of […]

    December 19th, 2018

    Leave no one behind: Nepal Reconstruction Project awareness campaign

    The Supply Chain Project, unique and innovative in its approach, intervened through the market systems, promoted local enterprises and introduced innovative solutions to provide affordable quality construction materials to earthquake affected people of the remote hill areas of Nuwakot and Rasuwa. The market-led approach implemented to catalyse the reconstruction process also aimed at creating awareness on the use of quality construction materials and access to complete market information. (Read more on Supply Chain Project) The idea was to leave no […]

    December 18th, 2018

    Overcoming obstacles to achieve success – a dreamer who never gave up

    It was a typical October afternoon in Kuldevmandu, Bajura. The sun was blazing like a fiery medallion in the sky, yet I could feel the chill. The small pavement by the road was filled with dried brown leaves dancing with the wind beats. Just down the road was ever joyful Budhignaga River babbling on its own pace. The Mount Saipal, in the distance not yet snow-cloaked, stood tall and mysterious. It was an awe-inspiring sight.  As we stopped by the […]

    December 13th, 2018

    “The fate of humanity and the natural world is in your hands”

    These were the words spoken by living legend, Sir David Attenborough at the COP24 climate change negotiations in Katowice, Poland this week. The renowned naturalist and broadcaster took up the newly formed People’s Seat – a largely ceremonial position used to share ‘the voice of the people’ at the annual talks.

    December 5th, 2018

    What next for Climate Change?

    Today, at the climate conference Sir David Attenborough didn’t mince his words when he said that civilisation will collapse if humanity doesn’t take action on global warming. He had obviously read the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 1.5oC which documents the dire state of the global planetary system, something that has been picked up by mainstream media as a warning that we have 12 years left to save planet earth. “Right now we are facing a […]

    December 3rd, 2018