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A REPORT OF THE NEPAL WEEKEND 2008

The Nepal Weekend event was held from 22 evening, Friday till 24 August Sunday, 2008 in the de Woensberg Camping, located in the midst of green forests of Huizen. The event was very special this year. This social outing was for the first time organized jointly by Nepal Development Academy, Nepal Samaj Nederland (NSN) and Non-resident Nepali, the Netherlands ( NRN-NL) bringing together all the Nepalese and their friends affiliated to these different organizations. That is why the programme was baptized as Nepal week end and not Nepal Bhetghat, familiar to the habituated members of NDA and NRN-NL.

In total, 91 people comprising 8 children, adults and at times complete families attended this programme, some arriving on the 22 and the remaining on the 23 August at lunch time. This year saw significant changes in the programme compared to the past Nepal Bhetghat: i.e. more sporting activities, BBQ for dinner and a delicious spaghetti for the Sunday lunch in place of sandwiches just to name a few.

The organizing committee (two members each from the respective organizations) had taken care to leave nothing to the hazard in order to make the participants feel comfortable and at home on the camping ground with various activities, free-time and ‘good cuisine’. Although we had no control over the Dutch sky, we were quite fortunate to stay dry and with intermittent sunshine during our entire stay except for the 23 August evening. It rained luckily just for 20 minutes. This had no consequences upon our BBQ and the bon fire programme.

After breakfast on 22/08, participants adventured into various sports: volleyball, table-tennis, badminton, basket-ball, chess and jeu de boules which really was the favourite play and fun for the men. After the lunch-break, children were also taken care of: drawing workshop, ice-cream, of course! Unfortunately, the scheduled panel discussion on ‘Integration of Nepali in the Netherlands’ did not take place as people preferred to relax, chat and enjoy their free time watching the on-going film and documentary projections. The evening was wrapped up with BBQed chicken and typical Nepali dish (daal, bhat, tarkari and of course, a chicken curry to top it all). We all then enjoyed till late hours the Disco and of course the Dohari around the bon fire atmosphere.

On Sunday was the ‘Jungle walk’ under the guidance of Johanneke. People had time to explore a bit of Huizen and its forests. Following a spaghetti Bolognaise (but with mutton) lunch, people started packing and taking leave. Although the number of participants was much less than expected (135), we all enjoyed this coming together. It allowed us to meet old friends and see new faces. Above all, it nurtured a sense of friendship and solidarity and who knows “Pheri Bhaiton la!!”
The organizing committee would like to thank each and every participant for coming and making the Nepal Weekend a good memory. Till next year!

For phoptos click here

- Photos of the weekend


INVITATION TO NEPAL WEEKEND 2008
[A camping weekend organized by NDA, NSN and NRN-NL]


You are heartily invited to the annual camping event “Nepal Weekend 2008”, which will take place on 22-24 August in Huizen. The camping location 'De Woesberg' of Huizen is located amidst the forest near Hilversum. This get-together aims at bringing the Nepalese people and friends of Nepal closer and also geneate opportunities for exchanging one's ideas/thoughts under a relaxing atmosphere.

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Date: Friday 22 to Sunday 24 August, 2008
Time: 19:30 hours on Friday and Ends at 16:00 hours on Sunday
Price: € 35,- Non-Donors and Non-Members/ € 30,- Donors and Members / € 15 children below 12 year
Location: Woensbergweg 5, 1272 JP Huizen
Reservation: 0165-39 30 84 or 020 7511647, or per email
Bank account: 45.55.18.513 (ABN Amro Bank), NRN-NL , Amsterdam; Reference to Nepal Weekend 2008.
Route description: Klik hier

[The entry fee includes 2 overnight night stay, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner and two lunches. There is no dinner on Friday evening, the day of arrival. You will be accommodated in a wooden cottage with beds. You are requested to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. Tents are not allowed.
The price for staying both days or just during one day is the same.

Only upon receipt of your payment to the above a/c, your reservation will be confirmed. Once confirmed, cancellation of your reservation will not be possible. Since we only have limited accommodation, you’re requested to make your reservation on time]
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PROGRAMME

FRIDAY 22 August

19:30 - 20:30 Arrival/registration (welcome with tea and coffee)
21:00 - 22:00 Bonfire talk/ Nepali Disco

SATURDAY 23 August
09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
10:30 - 12:00 A sport event
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch/sandwich
14:30 - 16:00 Panel (theme: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal)
14:30 -16:00 Children programme:drawing
16:00 - 17:00 Tea Break
16:00 -19:00 Film show
17:00 - 18:00 Preparation dinner (BBQ if possible and weather allows)
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 22:00 Dohari/Nepali music/Disco
22:00 - 24:00 Camp fire

SUNDAY 24 August
09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 Promenade 'libre'
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch ("Pasta")
13:00 - 15:00 Jungle walk
15:00 - 16:00 Departure

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