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Let`s play Deusi!

We had plenty of chance to join celebrations in Nepal since there are so many of them that one can`t even keep them in mind. ...

Elders’ Carnaval

It was pomp and color at the Elders’ Carnaval which was held on the 25th of February in Nagyvazsony. This festival had been ...
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After 3 months in Okhaldhunga (Nepal)

So here we go. Midterm evaluation in Kathmandu. Tomorrow we are heading back again to our sweet home in Okhaldhunga (yes we kind of feel home now and ...

24 young Europeans chosen to head to South America

Fekete Sereg Youth Association after 4 years coordinating a new challeging project the YO SE project have selected their volunteers to head to South ...

Lithuanian Delegation visited our Center

Fekete Sereg hosted the Meeting of Hungarian and Lithuanian Youth Proffesionals organized by the Báthory István Hungarian-Lithuanian Cooperation ...
 
2017-12-09
We had plenty of chance to join celebrations in Nepal since there are so many of them that one can`t even keep them in mind. During the festival Tihar (in October) we joined our family to “play Deusi” which ended up being one of the experiences in Nepal, which I will always remember. For me music and especially folk music is something special and very mysterious. It is one of those bridges which can connect people from different cultures and talking different language. Before the night when we actually left to visit the neighbourhood we didn’t have much idea about what is waiting for us. First we heard about it during one average dinner when our Nepali brother (dai) told us with a wide smile: “Tomorrow you go sing collect money.” So we answered oh ok, well yes ok, but what that is exactly we could not find out. Here nothing is sure, tomorrow can turn out to be after tomorrow and singing can turn out to be dancing. In general here it is very hard to get proper answers to questions. For example asking a question which offers two possible answers is completely senseless. Like “Do you like chicken or buff momos more?” or “Should I turn left or right?” the answer is surely going to be “Yes yes.” So we only had theories made together with our fellow volunteers about what this Deusi must look like until the night came. The young ones from around the neighbourhood started gathering in our yard and “dai” showed us with big proud the huge wireless loudspeaker that he bought specially for this occasion. One of the young boys lifted this monster on his shoulders, somebody gave a drum in my hands, we switched on our headlamps and headed towards the darkness behind our house. There was about 15 of us, walking downhill in the darkness for long, following each other because on these paths only one person fits and we were helping each other in the labyrinth of steep shortcuts on the mountainside. In the meanwhile the nepali lok geet (local music) was so loud from the loudspeakers that I am sure they could hear it even from the other side of Dudh Kosi. During this walk came to me one of these moments of “Oh my God what am I doing here, it is unbelievable!” No one coming in Nepal as a tourist could ever experience that. We went from household to household, visited 5 different families that night and in each house we spent about an hour. We would stop in the yard, start the music and wake up the owners. First we made the traditional Deusi where my two older brothers played the drum, the leading singer was singing the verses and we had to answer always “Deusire!”. After a while we switched to the modern version and the official Deusi song was screaming from the loudspeakers and we were dancing in a round until the older ones were satisfied with the amount of offered money. Apart from the money they offered uncooked rice, mala (girland made of orange flowers), candles and selroti (a special round bread). This left me a bit uneasy because I didn’t understand what is the purpose of collecting money and often they were pushing the families to give more although I knew they are very poor. The other thing which I didn’t like or understand is that the whole party seemed to be obligatory. If the young ones were sitting down to rest or were about to fall asleep the others would pull them up and make them continue dancing although it was already late in the night. The older boys were pushing the girls and younger ones sometimes quite violently. Unfortunatelly here violence between children or even between parents and their children is very usual and it`s one of the things that I can not get used to and it`s very bad to experience it again and again. Later, as we understood, the money was invested in making a big picnic in our yard where they cut a young buffalo, distributed the meat, cooked a part of it and gave to everyone from the neighbourhood. I can only hope that everyone was satisfied and everyone enjoyed playing Deusi. For me it was definitely something very special and I could feel part of them as we were going from house to house, dancing and eating selroti together. Kopinczky Ágota & Berki Dalma
So here we go. Midterm evaluation in Kathmandu. Tomorrow we are heading back again to our sweet home in Okhaldhunga (yes we kind of feel home now and miss our own room and the morning coffees with Monika). The last almost 3 weeks were rather fun, visiting Solukhumbu, Pokhara, Annapurna region and spending time sightseeing in Kathmandu. So now it`s time to head back mind and body to our projects. Yesterday we went to a supermarket and discovered that we still get crazy when entering the chocolate row in the supermarket and the good old consuming spirit of the western world is still with us. But it is true that by now we learned to live from what we can find in Nishanke, which is not too much but if you are creative you can make a really cosy and comfortable life there too. We have our home made tap next to the toilet for washing hands, our secret cookie store in the room and know where to find the guava and lemon trees around the place. And our family really tries its best to make things nice for us. I was wondering how we are going to have shower during winter (normally we go to the public fountain and have cold shower with clothes on), so I decided to construct a mobile cabin from bamboo with 4 walls. I thought, in this we could have a “real shower” with some jug and warmed water. But after staring at me for a while our Nepali father told me “You make not god, not proper. Tomorrow, day after I make…proper.” So I was kind of put off from my idea but our father kept his word and soon constructed something like a bathroom next to the toilet and we were very happy for it. He also did some efforts to get rid of the rat family, that lives above us (the ceiling is from woods and plastic bags so when they run around during the night they are very noisy). We gave them some rat poison, now they seem to be a little less. With Monika we made the room stylish and nice, washed everything, hang some textiles on the walls, we have our water boiler and a metal can to boil water in, our dish washing and drying clothes. Every morning we would wake one hour earlier than breakfast and have our instant coffee together in her bed which is next to the window, the sun shines in and we can see the mists coming up from the valley, we are reading or planning the day and our work. How could anything go bad if you can start the days like that? We completed 2 projects from 3 up till now. The first one was a research on women`s health. It was a nice opportunity to get to know the locals since we made interviews with them and visited them in their houses. We learned a lot of Nepali language and a lot of their customs and their daily routine. The second project included training sessions for children in schools where we taught them about hygiene and sanitation. It was a real challenge; neither of us comes from a background involving education skills. So we just made a plan and started in medias res….and then changed the plan a couple of times. I think one key to success here is flexibility. We had to adjust our plan and ways to the classes and almost each class was different from the other. By the end we worked together very smoothly and had a lot of fun with the children, they were sweet although sometimes shy in the beginning. The biggest challenge is still the language since we can not really rely on our Nepali translator. But somehow it always works out well. Now we have to get ready for the challenges in our next project and collect all our ideas. We would like to make trainings for local women on various topics on women`s health. I think we will need all our belief in them and all or positive thinking to succeed. So hey ho let`s go!!! Kopinczky Ágota & Berki Dalma