The return from "the field"

The field team (Katie+Jessica+Bikash) returned yesterday from Dolakha having completed 79 household surveys, 18+ district level interviews, 10+ leading farmer/key informant interviews, 5 focus groups (organized and informal) and numerous informal interviews and observation experiences. 

We were able to gather interesting and provocative data around several of our project topics including agricultural transition, technology adoption, issues surrounding relief, recovery and reconstruction, roles of ngo/ingo/government in aforementioned activities, market-oriented activities, and status of ecosystem and community services post-disaster.  

On top of it all - we attended a Thamang wedding and funeral, visited Kalinchock (K+J), hosted our own house party (?!), suffered only minor leech attacks (Katie was the exclusive victim), performed an interpretive dance and rowdy version of 'the wheels on the bus' at the local school, and ate our weight in famous Dolakha potatoes. We made wonderful and warm connections, met a whole host of fascinating 'characters', and have ALOT of new facebook friends. 

 Jess, Bikash and Katie atop a bus returning to Charikot 

Jess, Bikash and Katie atop a bus returning to Charikot 

 Learning from the ladies in Sundrawati

Learning from the ladies in Sundrawati

 Hanging with Boch's best and brightest young teachers at the SaraSwathi English Boarding School

Hanging with Boch's best and brightest young teachers at the SaraSwathi English Boarding School

 Surveys and laughter high in Sundrawati's ward 6

Surveys and laughter high in Sundrawati's ward 6

 Bikash in his element - forming relationships and getting the local scoop

Bikash in his element - forming relationships and getting the local scoop

 Jess doing a little work trade - weeding in the garden for an interview

Jess doing a little work trade - weeding in the garden for an interview

 Katie interviewing community forest president, Lakshmi

Katie interviewing community forest president, Lakshmi

 Katie and Jess before storming the district offices...charming the "boss of bosses" with card games and badmitton

Katie and Jess before storming the district offices...charming the "boss of bosses" with card games and badmitton