Abishekhopes to develop an integrated community fish farming project in Ratanpuri, to enhance living standards of the 56 families living in this rural Nepali village. The decade long conflict in Nepal adversely affected this community, leaving the people without proper infrastructure and prospect of livelihoods. On August 15th and than again on August 29th 2011, Abishek traveled to GumbaTole in Ratanpuri to carry out the initial assessment for his individual service project.He met with members of the GumbaTole Community Development Group, a local village council made up of one member per household.
During his assessment trips, Abishek’s found that the lack of opportunity in this village, including the fact that the local school only goes up to the fifth grade has left many youth in a volatile situation. A number of youth have left the community and sought employment opportunities in Middle Eastern countries. A previous fish farming project had previously been conducted in the region, Nepal’s unstable political situation, lack of monitoring from donors and improper management of water resources in the village led to the abandonment of the program.Abishek estimates that his project will take 12 months to complete, and will advance the socioeconomic situation of the community.