Nicole Farkouh (Nepal)


Nicole Farkouh

Nicole Farkouh (Collective Campaign for Peace – COCAP): Nicole graduated from Smith College with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. She also has a Master of Education from the University of New Orleans. Nicole’s professional background is in education. She has worked as a teacher, administrator, and consultant, mainly with middle school students with special needs. She is also a certified community mediator and has studied a complementary model of mediation based on Non-Violent Communication. She has studied abroad in India, lived and taught in Mexico. At the time of her fellowship, she was studying for a Master of Public Policy degree at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. After her fellowship, Nicole wrote: "More than anything, this summer I received a new level of understanding /appreciation for the complexity involved in “development” and “human rights” work…. Particularly being a foreign body trying to work in a new culture."



31 Dec

NESPEC CELEBRATES AND EDUCATES ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS

NESPEC (Nepal Social Development and People’s Empowerment Center) is a human rights organization at the

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Posted Dec 31, 2014

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20 Nov

SIDDIPUR PART I: THE IMPORTANCE OF LAND RIGHTS

I had an amazing opportunity to join my friends from NESPEC as they traveled for

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Posted Nov 20, 2014

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07 Nov

THE GREAT FESTIVEAL OF NEPAL: DASHAIN (PRONOUNCED DASAI)

In the middle of the fall festival season comes the biggest of Nepali festivals. During

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Posted Nov 07, 2014

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06 Nov

SADLY IT’S OFFICIAL…. BUT WE PICK UP AND MOVE ON (PART #1)

[I couldn’t think of topical images to accompany this blog. So instead I’ve inserted random

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Posted Nov 06, 2014

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04 Oct

“SEIZING” THEIR RIGHTS

I’ve repeatedly heard a similar line of rhetoric in speeches given by members of marginalized

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Posted Oct 04, 2014

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02 Oct

TEEJ – FESTIVAL OF WOMEN

Fall is festival season in Nepal, and things have definitely begun to kick into high

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Posted Oct 02, 2014

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20 Sep

MADHESHI WOMEN’S ADVOCACY FORUM: INITIAL SUCCESSES AND CHALLENGES

Since moving to Kathmandu I’ve spent most of my time helping the Madheshi Women’s Advocacy

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Posted Sep 20, 2014

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16 Sep

POLITICS AND MUSIC: THE NEXT INDIAN IDOL

There are two kinds of voting currently consuming the thoughts and energy of the Nepali

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Posted Sep 16, 2014

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04 Sep

THE BIG DECISION

I just left Gaighat and after a relatively uneventful bus-ride I arrived back in Kathmandu

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Posted Sep 04, 2014

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23 Aug

HARRIYA I: WHO NEEDS “SURVIVOR”

These past few months in Nepal have been and on going process of having my

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Posted Aug 23, 2014

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20 Aug

HARRIYA II: THE NESPEC TOUCH

During our trip to Harriya I was able to learn more about the work of

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Posted Aug 20, 2014

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15 Aug

PARMILA

I have been blessed with an adopted mother in Nepal (which everyone at NESPEC loves

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Posted Aug 15, 2014

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14 Aug

THE MAIN EVENT

This gigantic spider (maybe crab is a better description) suddenly appeared on my wall –

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Posted Aug 14, 2014

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01 Aug

THE ROLLER COASTER OF CONCEPTS AND PROPOSALS

With a great proposal about voter awareness in hand (written as the product of our

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Posted Aug 01, 2014

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24 Jul

UTERUS WHAT?!?!?

Frequently my conversations in Nepal involve a lot of gesturing from both sides. The less

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Posted Jul 24, 2014

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13 Jul

QUITE A BUSINESS TRIP

Our efforts to bring the 4 members of COCAP’s Eastern Region together had repeatedly failed.

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Posted Jul 13, 2014

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10 Jul

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Occasionally in the late afternoon a few friends from work and I will go get

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Posted Jul 10, 2014

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04 Jul

HEEDING THE CALL OF THE BANDHAS?

I had this great idea. I was going to go to Kathmandu to meet with

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Posted Jul 04, 2014

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29 Jun

GREAT QUESTION!

I was asked an excellent question based on my last blog, “Why do the people

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Posted Jun 29, 2014

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27 Jun

CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVTIES #1 – SIT-INS, RALLYS & MARCHES – OH MY!

The Nepalese people are nothing if not politically active. In my first 3 weeks in

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Posted Jun 27, 2014

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21 Jun

ARRIVING IN GAIGHAT

We arrived in Gaighat in the middle of a rainstorm. Of course, I couldn’t distinguish

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Posted Jun 21, 2014

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16 Jun

THE BUS RIDE

It took a couple of tries to actually get on the bus to head out

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Posted Jun 16, 2014

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12 Jun

COCAP – COLLECTIVE CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE

Link to COCAP’s site Before I left many people asked about the organization I’d be

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Posted Jun 12, 2014

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11 Jun

THE CITY OF KATHMANDU

My days in Kathmandu have been a mix of finding my bearings in the city,

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Posted Jun 11, 2014

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23 May

HERE I GO!

The countdown has begun. I’m leaving for Nepal in a few days. I’ve been doing

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Posted May 23, 2014

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13 Apr

AND IT CAME TO PASS…

** All photos in this blog from Ajaya Shah** You may, or may not know,

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Posted Apr 13, 2014

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15 Dec

ROUNDING OUT THE FESTIVAL SEASON PART II – CHAOT

Chaot is a festival that is particularly important within Nepal’s Madheshi community who originated from

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Posted Dec 15, 2007

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15 Dec

ROUNDING OUT THE FESTIVAL SEASON PART I – TIHAR

At some point during the Dashain Festival in Gaighat, a friend said to me, “you

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Posted Dec 15, 2007

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20 Nov

SIDDIPUR PART II: NEPALI HOSPITALITY AT ITS FINEST

We arrived in Siddipur to conduct the project kick-off meeting after a 3 hour motorcycle

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Posted Nov 20, 2007

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06 Nov

SADLY IT’S OFFICIAL…. BUT WE PICK UP AND MOVE ON (PART #2)

Coincidently, the “great festival” of Dashain was held shortly after the election tragedy. On one

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Posted Nov 06, 2007

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30 Aug

THE MADHESHI WOMEN’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE – PART III: EXCERPTS FROM “HAMRO KATA” OR “OUR STORY”

1. We are Madheshi women. We are Dalit, Tharu, Rajvarrshi, Meche, Hindu, and Muslim. We

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Posted Aug 30, 2007

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30 Aug

THE MADHESHI WOMEN’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE – PART II: THE CONFERENCE (AKA: “THE WOMEN LEADERS ARE FOUND!”)

Through the helpful web of foreigners in Nepal I became acquainted with a temporary Kathmandu

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Posted Aug 30, 2007

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30 Aug

THE MADHESHI WOMEN’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE – PART I: THE CONTEXT

Before launching into the conference, here’s a little background to explain what “Madheshi” is, as

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Posted Aug 30, 2007

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20 Aug

HARRIYA III – LIFE-STYLES OF THE RICH AND…

As I’ve jostled along on various bus rides I’ve seen Nepali’s sleeping and tried to

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Posted Aug 20, 2007

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07 Aug

ANOTHER BUSRIDE, ANOTHER ADVENTURE

As I had meetings scheduled with International NGOs (for the second time since I never

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Posted Aug 07, 2007

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28 Jul

FOLLOW UP TO: UTERUS WHAT?!?!?!?

1. I have been really overwhelmed by all the responses to my last blog –

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Posted Jul 28, 2007

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24 Jul

UTERUS WHAT?!?!? – PART II

I sat down with my male colleagues (yes, again, all men) to negotiate our communication

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Posted Jul 24, 2007

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05 Jun

LANDING IN KATHMANDU

My communication with COCAP about plans for my arrival hadn’t been great, though I had

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Posted Jun 05, 2007

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