Sunuwars living in the region are mainly dependant on agricultural and animal farming. Although these are not making end meets for all and they must be relied on each other’s self helps and support from the friends and relatives who have employed nationally and internationally. Nevertheless, this is a unique part of the cohesion and co-operation but the fact of the life style exists in the poverty that has never gone away. It is surely natural geographical features that have limited the space for inhabitation and cultivation, political instability for the past few decades and proper logistical inaccessibility. More importantly, it is realised that the lack of education and some existing cultural malpractices are leading to negative habits. Although some young generations managed to complete their high school level education (SLC in Nepal and GCSE in the UK) and restricted themselves to go further and beyond because of the financial situation where it develops their psychological aspirations to go abroad for work (as we did in the past) but the opportunity will not be for everyone’s side. The ambition for those majority of young people to go abroad or another field of work, diminish itself and go back to the square one where they cannot progress further. Central Bureau of Statistics of Nepal (2014) shows that the literacy rate for Sunuwar ethnic group is 65.6% which gives some degree of assurance but it is only limited to read and write letter culture of literacy where majority of Sunuwars are are not able to gain academic qualification. There are very low number of Sunuwars have gone to university higher education because of their arduous work.
Sunuwars are rich to their cultures, traditions and its own language which has profound bond, pride and respects each other. This shows the annual (during May) celebration of Sunuwar ‘Syadar Pidar’ festival where people are gathered to be united with friends, families and relatives with their traditional Sunuwar costumes. We celebrate the ‘Syadar Pidar’ festival, worship and share the joy of festivity together by forgetting the pain and difficulty for the day at least. Although the human nature by contrast invites self-contradiction and falling apart by not coming the term of understanding. Sunuwars ‘we’ by nature express their(our) superiority and egoism rather than solidarity creating divisions and instability amongst each other. Van Wyck Brooks says that “The People of small caliber are always carping. They are bent on showing their own superiority, their knowledge or prowess or good breeding.” These are all about lack of education and misunderstanding of the society where it needs to change and develop. We are living in the society where we need friendship, company, welfare and everlasting relation to give continuity of our ‘Sunuwarism’. The culture of unhealthy habits also part of the contributing factors that Sunuwars are not moving forward. To include the unhealthy habits, it is essential to point out that there is a culture of alcohol consumption in premature age and smoking habit, poor school attendance due to seasonal workload i.e. cultivation season, and not realising the root causes of why we fall behind, instead depending on to others say. It is necessary to understand and educate ourselves avoiding macho culture for the sake of our future generation until it continues.
The post-earthquake (2015) left behind the legacy of poverty and making more difficult to adjust work and life balance. As we are living in abroad have some moral responsibility (if we understandably agree with) for the society by far the best in every angle but not the rich enough by ourselves, to achieve some hopes of our Sunuwars living in the rural village of Nepal giving some small regular donation is certainly affordable by everyone. We need to develop our cohesion and cooperativeness amongst us believing ourselves by not predicting that we cannot do this fundraising as this could end up going into someone’s’ pocket. Positive thinking, motivation, and believing ourselves develop our strength to prosper our society further. The way we do not need to knock on others door to be recognised our identity and culture. It flourishes itself slowly when we develop ourselves through education and support each other.
2. To build strong relationship within Sunuwars and push to the talented people forward to occupy position in government and private sector and develop from there so that they can convey a strong dialogue by taking part in political, social activities in the society and technical field.
3. To change cultural malpractices that are bad for the society, and encourage young generation to go to school to complete at least their higher school education.
4. In the long term, invest in school infrastructures and maintenance to create better resourceful environment to attract more youngsters. In caveat, it is not only benefited for Sunuwar students but also provides facilities to other minorities. It develops strong interpersonal skills, relationship and social integration in overall.
2. An initial stage of the fund collection has already been begun and wider publicity has been carried out through society members’ e-mail and social media. It is encouraged to donate in a regular basis via direct debit a minimum of £1 and above by not affecting our own personal circumstances.
3. It is evident that Sunuwars living in the UK are mostly retired ex-military background, some students and civilians and therefore an average annual earning is estimated in the region of between £20,000 and £25,000. It is typically a very tight budget to live in the UK but comparing to the life in Nepal, we are still well enough to live with happy life in every angle as such life style, health and hygiene, a nice car, schooling, GPs and entertainment.
4. If we can spare a £1 a month by 100 of us can raise £1200 a year which gives an opportunity for at least two students in a year scholarship in Nepal which means 0.002% will receive education fund out of 100,000 Sunuwars. Does it matter for us? I would say ‘yes’ it impacts on society. We should not expect quick fix solution, it is a long-term investment for the society.
5. Another strategy is to raise money and deposit into fixed term with higher rate interest return may give some degree of hope to save main fund and use interest towards scholarship scheme until the sufficient fund available.
6. Increase the connectivity through social media and sources of relatives for those Sunuwar living around the world to encourage to raise funds for education in Nepal can be challenging but it may be fruitful.
7. If we can encourage or convince our young Sunuwar graduates based in UK (which I think numbers are increasing) would be highly influential and beneficial not only for their personal leadership development, cultural and social understanding but also motivates to young generation of Sunuwars both here and in Nepal who are willing to pursue their career in humanity, sociology, politics, economics etc.
8. Crowd funding is another way of resourcing fund but it needs more ethical and constructive approach with broader scope of funding strategy in the long term. This could help to maintain school infrastructure and resources.
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