Everest Summiteer Iman Gurung Memorial Trust (ESIMT)

Iman Memorial Park

Iman Memorial Park

Construction of Iman Gurung Memorial Park in Laprak, Gorkha

Background
Master plan of Iman Memorial ParkLate Iman Gurung is famous in northern Gorkha and among the summiteers in Nepal. He was born in the village of Laprak, in the northern part of Gorkha district. He was not only the first Lapraki to involve  in trekking, but also the first person from the western region of Nepal to summit Mount Everest as well as from Gurung Community, as a part of the Nepali women's Everest expedition team of 1991. He was a first Nepali climber who brought speed climbing concept on Mt. Everest and he was first paraglider in Nepal.  He was a renowned social worker and also the active member of Tamu Chhounjhdhi. He was the Chief Instructor from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). He was the founder of Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association (NMIA) and Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA). With this big contribution of late Gurung, The youth of Laprak become so inspirational legacy to involve in trekking and mountaineering in the different designation. With his inspiration, many young youth are taking the advantage as the opportunities for employment in the mountain areas and for the improvement of social conditions in the village continues today.

To keep memory forever, we had established TRUST in the name of Late Iman Gurung as Everest Summiteers Iman Gurung Memorial Trust (ESIMT). The ESIMT is a non-profit, welfare-focused organization, whose aim is to continue the work of Iman Gurung by providing education and skills training to women and children so that they are able to lead financially independent lives. Tragically, he lost his life by an avalanche at Mt Kang Guru Himal, Nar-Phu Valley on the 21st of October 2005 along with seven French mountaineers and ten other Nepali team members. When an avalanche on Kang Guru (6,981 m), Annapurna region, killed 18 people including 7 French climbers and 11 of the group's Nepali staff, eight out of the eleven dead of Nepalese were locals living in Laprak village in the Western district of Gorkha, and at least one of them was Everest summiteers. He was late Iman Gurung. Seven of his neighbors also died in the avalanche and they were Chandra Man Gurung, Sahila Gurung, Dulal Gurung, Kami Gurung, Sher Bahadur Gurung, Man Bahadur Gurung and Birlal Gurung from Laprak village only. Among them there were 2 sherpas’ community and Arun Gurung from Gumda village neighboring village of Laprak.  It was obvious that none of them was Sherpa. In fact, all of them belonged to the Gurung ethnic group. Three surviving porters; who barely escaped with their lives in that tragic accident.

Cost Estimation of Park

Iman Memorial Park

The park is envisaged to be instrumental in strengthening community image and sense of place. It will also support in economic development of the villagers thereby promoting rural and eco-tourism in the area. Despite, the importance of the parks, there lacks such parks in the present project area. In light of aforesaid backdrop and opportunities, Everest Summiteers Iman Gurung Memorial Trust (ESIMT), a Gorkha based NGO has indented to construct Iman Gurung Memorial Park at a strategic location in Laprak VDC of Gorkha in cherish memory of late Iman Gurung. While constructing the park, there will be the statue of late Iman at the core of the park along with other 18 persons’ deurali (Mane) with their names and nationalities within the park. There will also be the statue of the Mountain in the park. There will also be a temple of Bhumedevi within the park. Rock climbing facilities will also be availed in the premises of the park. Foot path will also be constructed around the park. The park will also have parking facilities for the plying vehicles. There will be attractive entrance point or gate in the park. The park will have lawn for roaming and entertaining. Wind power will be installed for the generation of electricity and wider dissemination of the technology in the park. One tourism based information center will also be established and operated within the premises of the park. Furthermore, there will be one gift house for the promotion of agro-tourism and agro-products especially potato, silam, local soyabean and so forth in the park.  The establishment and operation of the park is also envisaged to be instrumental for the promotion of rural and eco-tourism in the project area.

Project Area and Beneficiaries
The project will be implemented in Laprak VDC of north Gorkha. The intended beneficiaries of this project will be the rural population of Laprak VDC and the visitors including tourists.

Duration of the project
The duration of the project is 3 years. It is assumed that the project will be approved by the March, 2016. Based upon this assumption, the project will be started by 1st June, 2016 and will be accomplished by the end of May, 2019.

Project goal and objectives
The overall objective of the project is to improve the living conditions of rural population through promotion of home stay and agro-tourism in northern part of Gorkha, however, the specific objectives of the project area as follows.

      • To construct late Iman Gurung Memorial Park in Laprak VDC of northern Gorkha in his memory;
      • To reintegrate the family members of both Nepali and French people who lost their lives in an avalanche on Kang Guru on 21st October, 2005.
      • To enhance socio-economic condition Laprak people through promotion of rural tourism (agro and home stay tourisms) in the project area.
      • To enhance socio-economic conditions of rural households through promotion of home stay and agro-tourism in the project area.
      • Promotion of Trekking routes i.e. Lower Manaslu Trek, Rupina la Pass Trek and Manaslu circuit Trek
      • To extend overnight in Laprak village for the domestic and international Tourists.

Proposed activities
So as to achieve the project goal and objectives, following activities have been proposed to be undertaken.

Construction of basic infrastructures including boundary wall, establishment and operation Iman Gurung Memorial Park.
The Iman Gurung Memorial Park will be established at a strategic location of Laprak VDC. The park will be established in required amount of the public lands having taken consent from the VDC office. The basic infrastructures such as fencing of the park by boundary wall, construction of buildings (guard house, gender friendly toilets, construction of parks, metal gates, tree planting, construction of dummy mountains within the park, fixing the statue of late Iman Gurung and fixing of statue of Chorten etc will be developed in the park. The detailed design and cost estimates of the infrastructure is attached with this proposal.

Construction of rock climbing wall in the premise of the park.
Rock climbing is an excellent calorie-burning exercise, which can help people achieve or maintain a healthy body weight. Rock climbing on a regular basis is an excellent way to reduce your risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines rock climbing as vigorous-intensity physical activity.  Rock climbing on a regular basis may help improve the mood or decrease bouts of depression of the people. It is an adventure sport. In this context, the rock climbing facility will also be provided by the effort of the project within the premises of the park in the project area. For this basic infrastructures will be developed for the promotion of arrivals of rock climbers in the project area.

Wind power/electricity generation for demonstration
Nepal is in the grip of electricity crisis. The electricity crisis in Nepal began in 2006. There was no load shedding until 2005. Earlier, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) used to attribute load shedding to “no water in rivers.” Since the last wet season, however, Nepal has suffered from load shedding even while struggling with “flood” problem. With no electricity for 16 hours a day, the last dry season is the worst so far. Nepal’s macro economy is suffering heavily due to this phenomenon. It is anomalous, however, that even at the time of load shedding the NEA has been spilling energy due to mismatch of system as well as transmission congestion. The NEA has promised respite from the problem in next five years, but the facts and figures do not corroborate the claim. The government of Nepal’s (GoN) defective vision and short sighted policy is at the root of the problem, one that can be mitigated by setting the vision right and making the policy more forward looking and based on the principle of self-reliance. In his context, a wind power plant will be installed in the park for the generation and supply of the electricity in the park and more importantly for the demonstration of the technology in the project area. 

Construction of Deurali (statues) of Mt. Kang Guru Himal’s avalanche victims who lost their lives.
As stated earlier, 7 French summiteers also lost their lives in the avalanche of Mt Kang Guru Himal along with 11 Nepalese including late Iman Gurung. In memory of these French peoples and 11 Nepalese, Deuralis (statues) will also be prepared and installed in the park. This activity will also facilitate in arrivals of their families in the park which will also facilitate in promotion of tourism in Laprak village.

Re-integration of families of those who lost their lives in avalanche of  Mt Kang Guru Himal
The death of a people is a profound, difficult, and painful experience. While bereavement is stressful whenever it occurs and it provides evidence that the greatest stress, and often the most enduring one that occurs for other family members who experience the death of a person. The untimely loss of a family member is a more intense grief  whose members  die from any cause are more likely to suffer symptoms of traumatic stress and experience more severe problems with emotional dysregulation that occurs with the death of its members. Integrating the loss of a family member into the life narrative, making sense and new meanings of such a wrenching event, presents a challenge to the rest members of a family. Increases in the incidence of suicide and homicide in adolescents and random acts of violence in our society have increased the risk of traumatic stress responses for bereaved family members. In this connection, re-integration of family members of both countries (Nepal and France) who lost their lives in the avalanches really matters its value for sharing their sorrows, pains, feelings, mutual respects & cooperation and others. Hence, this activity has been proposed to be undertaken under this project. In this endeavor, the family members of those French people who lost their lives in the avalanche will annually visit the park for jointly celebration of the death anniversary in memory of their beloved ones in the park. They can also arrange exchange visits to each other.

Promotion of agro-tourism  in Laprak
The term agro tourism is closely related with the country side of rural areas and nature and has direct relationship with the agriculture activities. It is the combination of agriculture activities and tourism. The agro-tourism can help to lift up the socio-economic condition of the rural area by creating employment opportunities and the additional markets for the rural product and preserve traditional cultures as well. It can provide employment opportunity to the traditional farmers and rural peoples which is better alternative way than migrating to the gulf countries for employment opportunities. The cash which is used in recruiting process for abroad job can be used for agro-tourism business. The remittance received from the migrant worker is not the sustainable solution. Abroad jobs are only for youth, after the age of 45, the situation will be harder because neither they get any social benefit nor they can work in old age. Hence, agro-tourism can be one of the best options for rural farming households in course of improving their livelihood conditions. The basis of agro-tourism is the revitalization of the countryside and reversal of urban trend. It brings tourists to the countryside instead of over populating cities. Tourists can meet lovely and hardworking people of rural area, share a meal with them, stay at their houses as family guests, taste their local drink and see them carry on with life graciously. In addition, to the heartwarming hospitality, they can witness some of the most spectacular views of the mountain landscapes or heritage sites along the way. Development of agro- tourism has great scope in Nepal because of huge flow of tourist in rural areas.  It gives new look for the agri-business. The development of agro-tourism is possible in Laprak, Gorkha. Hence, the project tends to undertake this activity. Under this activity, the rural households in the project area will be provided trainings on agro-tourism promoting technologies, hospitality and others.

Promotion of home stay in Laprak
Home stay as an integral part of agro-tourism can also be promoted in Nepal including present project area.  It is a new concept in Nepal’s tourism, which can play an important role in rural development. It, as the major component of rural agro- tourisms, tries to integrate all tourism activities in a particular location. Home stay in any private house located in a rural area of the country in good condition and easily accessible primarily qualifies under the scheme. In general, home stay provides visitors

      • Unique opportunity to experience the rich and hospitable cultures of the village;
      • An opportunity to see and experience astonishing objects no one else has seen or done before - especially amazing food;
      • To meet and really connect with the local people from the host country, and not just see them through a bus window;
      • Become a part of a family, and an important part of a household, that is, a homely environment;
      • Learn about environments and cultures through other people’s eyes,
      • Contribute directly to the rural economy and people in need,
      • Provide opportunities to support the community in conservation initiatives. In this context, home stay tourism will be promoted in the project area.

For this, at least 5 model houses will be constructed for demonstrations in promotion of home tourism in the project area. Similarly, public toilets at strategic locations will also be constructed. The HHs in the project area will also be supported in installation of improved cooking stoves in the project area.

Establishment and operation of agro-tourism/home stay based information center
A tourism based information center will be established and operated at a strategic location of the project area. Most probably, it will be established and operated in the premises of the memorial park and the revenues generated will be expensed in community development works.

Undertake homestead and community sanitation campaigns
For promotion of personal and community health, the homestead and community sanitation campaigns will be undertaken in regular bases. For this community people will also be oriented in keeping their homestead and the community neat and clean.

Establishment and operation of gift house or Koshelighar
Under this project, a gift house will be constructed and operated for the supply of agro-products like potato, silam, tusha, seeds of vegetables and bamboo handicrafts etc to the visitors in the project area. For this, a person will be hired for the daily operation and management of the guest house.

Organization of literature seminars
At least 2 literature seminars one each per year in 2 years’ project period will be organized by the effort of the project in the project area. The organization of such seminars will also help in promotion of rural tourism in the project area.

Expected Results of the Project
7.1 Impact (Long term Result)

      • Improved livelihood conditions of rural population in northern part of Gorkha.

7.2 Outcome (Midterm results)

      • Increased level of mutual respects and cooperation amongst the family members of those who lost their lives in the avalanche.
      • Increased access of rural population to home stay and agro-tourism based income generating opportunities in the project area;
      • Re-integration of the family members of the victims of the avalanche.
      • Improved health conditions of rural population through establishments and operation of Iman Memorial park and rock climbing facilities in the project area;
      • Increased level of management of local degraded environment through regular homestead and community sanitation campaigns in the project area, and
      • Increased availability of revenues for undertaking community development activities in the project area.

7.3 Outputs (Short term results).

      • 1 Iman Gurung memorial park established and operated in full fledge
      • 1 rock climbing wall constructed and operated in the premise of the park.
      • 1 wind power installed for generation of the electricity and dissemination of the technology in the project area’
      • The members of the victims of the avalanche re-integrated.
      • Rural tourism (agro and home stay) promoted in the project area.
      • Revenues for community development works regularly collected and mobilized.
      • 2 literature seminars organized in the project area.

Sustainability of the project
The value of self-reliance, local ownership and genuine participation of people are the main bases and test for sustainability of any programme and benefits. In this endeavor, the beneficiaries will be trained and empowered to control the resources and make their own decisions, undertake the responsibilities and supervise the developmental works of their own that will finally support towards the sustainability of the program. The consciousness of the beneficiaries will be enlarged through massive awareness campaigns. The capacity of service providers will be built up for quality service delivery. All the infrastructures constructed under the project will be handed over to the respective community for local ownership and longer run sustainability of the project. The park and climbing wall management committees will be separately formed and mobilized for longer run sustainability of the project. To achieve self-sustaining development of the project implementation in the area, the IA will look beyond the targets to community/institutional building and to the improvement of the scope and quality of socio-economic transaction. The internalization of the project beneficiaries will be generated to develop mechanism for local ownership and continuation of the project even after the termination of the project

Work plan
The work plan of the project is presented in Annex-1.

Detailed Budget
The detailed budget estimation is presented in Annex-2.

Monitoring and evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation are important means in assessing the performances or in measuring the success or failures of any developmental projects. It helps to pave new ways for achieving desired project outcomes. It also helps the project management to change/ modify implementation strategies in improving the conditions and positions of the project activities. Ongoing monitoring will be an in built process and accordingly the plan of actions for the forth coming days will be charted out. The programme will develop well-established monitoring and evaluation [M&E] systems to timely self-evaluate the impacts of the programme with strong monitoring tools. Monitoring visits will be planned and the programme achievements will be reported on the spot. These monitoring visits will be a key to developing micro-macro linkages and increasing level of realization of ground realities and influencing policy formulation appropriate to local situations. In this regard, the programme will be regularly monitored and evaluated on: monthly and quarterly regular bases.

Reporting
The project will prepare and submit the progress report in monthly regular bases having devised standard formats. The project will establish a strong and precise reporting system to timely report the progress of different aspects of the programme till the previous month, work during current month and cumulative progress both in physical and financial parts. This will enable to monitor functioning and progress of the programme and the corrective measures to be taken wherever needed.

Statement of accuracy
We, certify, in submitting this proposal in regards to implementing this crucial project. It is understandable that the donor agency may rely on the accuracy of quality service under the contract of this proposal. The making of certification that are false, factious or fraudulent, or that are based on inadequately verified information, may result inappropriate remedial action by the donor agency, taking into consideration all of the pertinent facts and circumstances, ranging from refund claims to criminal prosecution. The costs reflected in the proposal document are accurate and realistic as far as possible. It is anticipated that the donor agency will agree to fund this proposal.

Declaration of intent
The Everest Summiteers Iman Gurung Memorial Trust (ESIMT), Gorkha has submitted this application and it is assured that all funds provided would be expended for the purposes for which they have been proposed.