I am very much delighted to present this report to you all. As you go through this report, I hope you will gain insights about our project activities in Nepal. I do hope, as in the past years, this report will give you a brief tour of our activities.
This year we have completed Uniterra program, a Canadian Volunteer Cooperation program, which was funded by the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada and was jointly managed by CECI and World University Services of Canada (WUSC). Uniterra program mobilized 188 volunteers with 20 partners, including government institutions, non-government organizations, associations and cooperatives that are working to enhance economic empowerment in agro-enterprise, non-timber forest products, and handicraft sectors.
In this report, we have presented a brief of our activities before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were able to achieve our targets despite the adversaries created by the pandemic and subsequent nationwide and partial lockdown, and this was entirely possible due to continuous support, collaboration, and encouragement rendered from all the sectors.
Thank you for making our work possible and I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all our donors and implementing partners, the Government of Nepal, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Abt Associates, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of Australia, and civil society organizations and partners for their continued cooperation, collaboration, and invaluable work with us.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us all with new challenges. However, it is at times like these we realize how much we depend on each other. Thank you again for your collaboration, support, and looking forward to a better and safe situation ahead as there is much more to do.
Last but not the least, I would also like to thank the CECI Nepal team for their efforts in preparing this annual report. Enjoy reading!
Sita Ram Bhatta
Country Director, CECI Nepal