Approximately 2,000 volunteers from around the world will pack their tools and take a trip to Nepal in November 2015 for Habitat For Humanity’s 32nd annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.Scheduled to take place Nov. 1-6, 2015, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will lead volunteers as they build homes in Pokhara, Nepal’s third largest city and home to three of the 10 highest mountains in the world. Pokhara is located 124 miles west of the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.“I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Nepal many times and getting to know the rich culture, history and traditions of its people,” said President Carter. “And we look forward to sharing that experience with the many volunteers who will travel with us to help Nepalese families build better lives for themselves.”Often referred to as Habitat for Humanity’s “most famous volunteers,” President and Mrs. Carter give a week of their time each year to help Habitat build, renovate or repair homes in order to shed light on the critical role decent housing plays in providing a path out of poverty. Carter Work Projects have been held in 15 countries including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam and Haiti. In 2014, the Carter Work Project was held in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.“For more than three decades the Carters have continued their amazing efforts in support of affordable housing worldwide,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We look forward to partnering with the Carters once again as they lead thousands of volunteers to Nepal during the 2015 Carter Work Project.”At a special event in Kathmandu, Aruna Paul Simittrarachchi, country director of Habitat for Humanity Nepal; Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific vice president of Habitat for Humanity; Dr. Narayan Khadka, minister of urban development for Nepal; Rabindra Adhikari, constituent assembly member of parliament for Nepal; and Prem Baniya, youth ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Nepal, announced the selection of Pokhara as the 2015 location of Habitat’s signature project.“Hosting the Carter Work Project in Nepal is a huge honor and will help draw attention to, and support for, our efforts to address the significant housing deficit in our country,” said Simittrarachchi. “This will act as a catalyst to increase Habitat’s impact in the country and help many more families in need of decent housing.”For more information on how to volunteer for the 2015 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, please visit habitat.org/cwp/2015.
Twelve global artists have voiced their concerns about climate change through many paintings that was showcased in the national Capital. They focused on carbon, a fundamental element for life and the primary cause for the greenhouse effect. Carbon is shown as a detriment for the future survival of human beings.Titled- ‘Carbon-12,’ after the most common natural isotope of the non-metal, the two-day-long exhibition began on May 3. It attempted to offer a unique amalgamation of art and science by shedding light on man’s relationship with earth while highlighting the impact of his carbon footprints. One of the artworks titled ‘The Sun’ displays a dark-skinned Egyptian woman, donning a crimson red bindi, who looks back at her viewers with teary-eyed rage, as if in rhetoric. “My idea was that she is the sun but she is sad and a little bit angry because she does not like what she sees – what people are doing to the planet,” said Lithuanian artist Dovile Norkute, who has two of her artworks on display. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her works are also symbolic of a peaceful amalgamation of cultures. Her subject, who at first glance appears to be African but wears a familiar Egyptian hairdo with the quintessential red Indian bindi.Norkute’s works are an effortless mix of oil, graffiti, calligraphy and photo on collage. The selling art show was inaugurated at the Egg Art Studio by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who termed it as the one that “easily touches your heart.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“The topic is carbon footprint which we are experiencing today in the form of climate change. This is a beautiful exhibition makes people aware of the dangers and artists have come out with various good concepts and they can easily touch your heart,” he said. The minister who was part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris last year and later at the UN Climate Summit in New York, talked about solutions regarding the climate change. “The challenge can be met by common will, collective wisdom and joint efforts. And therefore, what we decided in Paris and later in New York is about mitigating the challenge of climate change. I believe that if human intervention has caused climate change, now human intervention in positive way will help mitigate the challenge and we can deliver or hand over a better earth to the future generation,” he said. In layman’s language, carbon footprint can be essentially termed as impact of human beings on the environment measured by the greenhouse gases they are responsible for creating. Claudie Dimbeng hailing from Ivory Coast uses the concept of ‘mixed art relief’ to drive home the message of how carbon footprints are affecting the planet.Her work titled- ‘We are life, We are earth,’ is a textured piece of abstract art in myriad colours that often render a 3-dimensional effect. Its relevance to the theme of the exhibition lies in how she has created the artwork.The artist uses locally available materials, often found objects – marble powder, tree bark, leaves, handmade paper and recycled paper from factories, natural dyes and ceramic paste – all of which are “ecological.” “My artistic concept is mixed art relief which is mixed media technique and also a way to the mix of cultures, but it is very ecological and organic. “The purpose for me was to produce a green organic artwork which will be nature friendly because it is all about our impact on the planet. I also wanted to produce an artwork with a mix of cultures. So this is inspired by the colours of India matched with the colours of Africa,” said the artist, who has been living in Paris for the last three decades.Dimbeng says her work which is a splash of hues across a horizontal canvas, is symbolic of life, power and energy and can be seen a piece of earth. It shows the power that we have to make a change. For Indian-born artist, Premila Singh, the element of carbon has both positive and negative, and the focus should not be on eliminating it from the environment altogether, but to strike a balance.Her work in oil, showcases, the “carbon crying for help. Not the earth, but the carbon, because even they feel saturated.”