#kora18 | THE CAUSE(s)

For the first time after seven years, the Kathmandu Kora this year made a call for Proposals. Nine worthy proposals came in from equally worthy organisations, and spanned causes related to health, education, reconstruction, promotion of cycling and youth training.

We did a process of selecting a Jury, doing a detailed study of the proposals, set up a point rating system for the jury to do a quantitative assessment, and then sat down to a qualitative assessment of the proposals. Eventually we shortlisted three proposals, and then sent out questionnaires with the jury’s questions for clarifications, and finally came to a judgement.

We also decided this year to support two causes, and allow the riders to decide which one they want to support.

The two winning causes we have selected (in no particular order) this year finally are:-

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#Ladies Mountain League

Target Amount: Rs. 1,200,000

The Ladies Mountain Bike League aims to empower women in Nepal through outdoor sports, including mountain biking, climbing, hiking, trail running, swimming, rafting/kayaking and other adventure sports. It aims to help women gain social freedom and link up with other women sharing this experiences. The specific cause the Kora is supporting will maintain the gear library for climbing, mountain biking and camping; organise skills courses; and offer subsidies to women who cannot afford to join courses.

Details at www.ladiesmountainleague.com

Answers to the final questions asked by the Jury are published here

How will the LML ensure that underprivileged but deserving candidates are benefited by the fund?

We will ensure that the fund benefits the under privileged candidates by monitor the people that ride with us and prioritizing those that come from poor back grounds. Ladies Mountain League requires its remembers to apply for club membership which disclose details about their back grounds. They must be members before apply for finical subsidies for the training programs..etc .

How will the LML ensure the women they trained are actually involved in biking?

Our idea is not specifically to limit our training to women already involved in biking. We have a two phase plan.

Firstly we want to encourage new women and members to ride bikes, give them the basic skills and confidence to ride regularly. By forming this group of women who ride regularly we get to know them and their abilities. From this group of women we can identify the ones who have the skills and desire to go and be guides, be involved in biking and biking related industries. Thus we can insure we are training the right women.

What after the fund dries out ?

After the fund dries up we have other means of funding, we have links with Women’s Empowerment sports groups and also from female specific tours company’s that give us a profit of the percentage. We are working to make LML a sustainable and long lasting project. Hopefully we can also form a long lasting relationship with Kathmandu Kora also 🙂

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#Survivors | Fostering Community Resilience

Target Amount : Rs. 500,000

This cause has an incentive driven rebuilding scheme which is supporting a cash incentive for 50 earthquake resistant government complaint houses in Thokarpa VDC, Ward 1, in Sunkoshi Rural Municipality of Sindupalchowk. In this scheme, the houses that are complaint receive a flat incentive of Rs. 12,000 to buy colour coded corrugated zinc sheets.

Details at www.the-survivors.org

Answers to the final questions asked by the Jury are published here

While the government is also providing people with the money to build houses, why do Survivors Nepal need funding to do the same work?

Our experiences suggest that the Government provided scheme covers about 30% of the construction costs (for structurally compliant design). Survivors’ top-up is an incentive-driven scheme based on the development principle that ‘People react to incentives’ better than to education. The cost of NRs 12000 as a cash incentive for roofing is provided to comply with government’s time and structural requirements. It is not necessarily a handout to build homes. Out of pocket expenses continues to be the burden and this scheme is not going to drastically change that as the incentive is still less than 1% of the total costs to build an average size home.

What it would do is to encourage people to re-build their homes in a safe and timely manner. Out of 682 houses that have received the first installment in Thokarpa about 330 houses are now built. That is 50% success rate compared to the national average of 1%. Cost and innovation are central to what we do, that is why a scheme with such a low-level input is producing a good result. The local leadership in Thokarpa is committed to make it the first village to be fully rebuilt by the end of 2076.

Will just buying corrugated sheets ensure that the houses will be completed?

There are two other parallel inputs. Build up Nepal provides training and machine for interlocking bricks while, Caritas Nepal is providing 60,000 per household support to fund the construction materials and most importantly the local government has created a use group and provided seed money to procure construction materials in bulk and thus reducing costs.

However, it is not going to ensure that everyone would be able to build their homes. The scheme is expected to motivate people to 1) comply with safety standards and 2) remain in the government scheme.

The NRA privately admits that these schemes are political declarations and not a fully funded plan. So, the government of Nepal has no money to provide all 3 installments for all the 700,0000 houses that need support. We are trying to stay ahead of government’s plan by complying with time requirements (which are set for people to fail) and help communities receive as much of full scheme money as possible.

How do you make sure that money directly given to people will be used in buying the sheets?

The rebate would be paid for the house who present the VAT bill of procurement of the Sheets. There is no leakage as each of the households will hold a logo (Survivors and the funders) that confirms that the funds were received for the roof. This is an automated social audit.

There is of course monitoring and documentation requirements, including a legally binding contract with the household leaders.

Why Thokarpa village? Can you share some of the work you have done in pics?

With our means and pockets, we can’t change the whole country. We are committed to start at one village and do as many things are possible so that we can build a model, cost it and share our experience for others to use.

Aside from that we have worked there for 3 years and have invested time and efforts to build trust and relationships. That in our rural setting now becomes a deal breaker. NGOs have a poor reputation for being dollars digestors. We have over the years worked hard to change that perception about us.

Along with the 87 households who have received the roofing incentives, Survivors has built 6 schools, equipped 3 health posts, trained 13 schools in mental health, invested in water lifting projects and contributed in developing a master plan for the economic development of the village in Thokarpa. We have covered the whole village with relief supplies in 11 days and phased out our relief work within 3 weeks of the 2015 earthquake. We are attaching the photos in this email of some of our works. We still suggest using our website and Facebook for publicly verified claims of our work.

The CAUSE | Call for Proposals

Eight years ago, the seed of promoting adventure sport supported crowd sourcing for social good was born in the form of Kathmandu Kora. Over the years with charitable assistance from fellow riders and supporters, Kathmandu Kora was able to complete various projects that brought huge benefits to the local communities. Resources raised from Kora 2011 were used to upgrade schooling facilities at Samata School and OCCED. Subsequent funds were then used, with the technical support of Save the Children Alliance, to upgrade a birthing center at Rukum and a Health Post in Dolakha. Funds contributed to Kora 2013 were used to build a completely new birthing center in Baitadi. Similarly pledges from 2015 was used to build a health post at Makaibari in Dolakha, post the devastating Earthquake. Over the years the cycling fraternity has made its presence felt in local communities. To date, over Rs. 50,00,000 has been invested in social causes.

In 2017, the last edition had over 2500 riders raising over Rs. 500,000 for the Bungamati Trails Initiative – the first ever attempt to create a cycling destination in Nepal! Funds are currently being utilised by the Initiative to build and mark trails, and work on the other requirements of a cycling destination!

Kathmandu Kora 2018 calls for a proposal for a cause to support during the 2018 ride and raise funds through pledges subsequently. We are looking forward for proposals from the cycle fraternity and beyond.

The cause to support could be on any social theme. The approval will be done by a small group of experts from Team Kora – judged on ingenuity, clarity and marketability of the cause.

We expect the pitch to address the following

  • A theme for Kora 2018 cause
  • A brief synopsis of the project you will undertake
  • An introduction to the team or organisation implementing the project
  • Short / Long term benefits for the local community
  • How the funds raised will be used and the time frame for completion of the project.

Deadline for the Proposals: EOD 31st March 2018
Proposals to be sent electronically to: cause@kathmandukora.net

The Kathmandu Kora 2018 this year is scheduled for 21st July 2018.

click2win Photography Contest #kora17

You have done the #kora17, now share your memories with us and win a Trinx M800 Majestic bike sponsored by PANC Bikes.

Out of all entries for click2win photography contest, the juries will select outstanding submissions for the contest. Among those, the pictures with MOST LIKES, within a specified date, that is published in Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge Facebook Page will win Trinx M800 bike from PANC bike.

Rules for the competition:

1) The photographs or videos should be of Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge 2017

2) A maximum of three photographs or videos per entry is allowed

3) Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge reserves the right to use the photographs as and when they deem necessary with due credit to the photographer.

4) Plagiarism will not be tolerated and such entries will be disqualified with no further explanation.

5) The decision of the Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge committee shall be final and no enquiries will be entertained.

Submit your entries at ride[at]kathmandukora.net by not later than 23rd July 2017.

 

TRINX M800 Majestic Specification:

  • 26″*17″ Alloy Special shaped tube
  • Alloy hydraulic Lock-out travel: 70mm
  • Shimano Altus SL-M370
  • Microshift FD-M20
  • Shimano RD-TY300
  • Trinx Steel 13-32T
  • KMC HV700
  • Taiwan HJ Hydraulic Disc
  • Trinx Alloy double wall
  • CST 26″*1.95″
  • Prowheel 22/32/42T*170L
  • Trinx sealed bearing
  • Trinx sport
  • SR sport
  • Trinx Hi-Ten steel oversize fat

 

Final List of Lucky Draw Winners

Congratulations!

The following riders had been selected in a lucky draw and won gifts from PANC Bikes & Haul Apparel Nepal.

PANC BIKES

  1. Riding Jacket
    1. Ankit Mehata, Reg# 634785045
    2. Swati Pujari, Reg# 642139665
    3. Niraj Shrestha, Reg# 645788470
  2. Swat Light for MTB
    1. Sambad Bidari, Reg# 634240730
    2. Angila Khadka, Reg# 629900817
    3. Niken Pradhan, Reg# 645696749
  3. Wolfbase Mobile Holder
    1. Liesbeth Segaar, Reg# 646200620
    2. Dipak Shrestha, Reg# 639890103
  4. Speaker Light
    1. Sanjay Maharjan, Reg# 645647096

Please collect your gifts from PANC Bikes, Kantipath and do not forget to take your registration ticket and NCA membership card along with you.

HAUL APPAREL NEPAL

  1. T-shirts
    1. Rupesh Manandhar, Reg# 648333052
    2. Shristi Tamrakar, Reg# 645776567

Please collect your gifts from socialtours, Tridevi Marg, Thamel and do not forget to take your registration ticket and NCA membership card along with you.

Congratulations to all the winners once again. See you at kora17 and ride safe.

Kora Inspiration | 500kms Ride from Pokhara

Kathmandu Kora  Cycling Challenge has become a platform for every kind of riders to take a challenge in every possible way. Riding a unicycle to 7 year old kid taking a challenge of 50k in Kora 2016. Most of the rider has gone beyond their limit or broken personal record during the challenge.

Similar inspirations come from all over the nation that we cannot wait to share with the riding community.

Mr. Lok Thapa who is 53 years old had come all the way from Pokhara in his bike riding 200kms to participate in Kora 2016. He set off his ride on Friday morning, riding 200+kms to Kathmandu and took a challenge to ride 100k the next day. Without any sign of tiredness in his face and energetic as it is, he completed 100k and went back to Pokhara next day riding 200kms again.

We cannot imagine his energy level how he could ride 500+kms in just three days consecutively at his age! Wow! He is someone who we need to get inspired and motivated.

He is back again for 100k this year in Kora 2017.

The KORA CAUSE | Why it is important?

Every year the KORA has a particular cause that we try to raise funds for. Over the years, we have donated to schools, orphanages, and then for five years in a row, worked in health – specifically women health – helping upgrade facilities in Rukum and build facilities in Baitadi and Dolakha.

This year, we are looking to serve CYCLING through cyclists. Bungamati and Khokana were devastated by the earthquake. One way to bring reconstruction with pride would be to bring cycling tourism in.

Accordingly, earlier this year the Bungamati Trails Initiative was born – a group of nine committee members from different clubs in Bungamati committed to work on this initiative. The plan – maintain and mark out all trails around the area to make it easy for riders, all categories to come enjoy the trails in Bungamati and Khokana. Bringing cycling tourism to help raise income levels in this beautiful area and preserving the rich cultural heritage and allowing locals to reconstruct with pride! Your contribution of course make a difference. Tag, share this to your friends and family and raise Rs. 100 for each km you ride during the Kora.

By CYCLISTS for CYCLING!

Lucky Draw Winner | 30th June

Here comes the list of first six lucky winners of giveaways provided by PANC Bikes.

  1. Swat Light – Aayush Simkhada, Reg# 631566072
  2. Helmet – Ishan Tamrakar, Reg# 630361534
  3. Helmet – Shanta Lama, Reg# 643501739
  4. Jacket – Claudia Alsius, Reg#638040364
  5. Jacket – Prabin Adhikari, Reg# 640973472
  6. Jacket – Sankar Bhujel, Reg# 643975818

Congralution all six lucky winners from entire Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge 2017 team, socialtours, CCNN and PANC Bikes

Winners should contact PANC Bikes in Kantipath to collect their gift. Remember to take your registration ticket and proof of identity.

The process?

Out of all registration, 1267 to be precise, until 2pm today, we randomly generated a number from random.org and picked up the lucky number according to the serial no. and randomly generated number.

We still have many more giveaways in week to come, register and enlist yourself to win the gifts and many more benefits including a free membership with Nepal Cycling Association.

Register & Win kickstarts for 2017

The Kora Dashain has started!!

Register to Win exciting prizes from PANC BIKES, Jamal. The treasure trove is amazing – bike lights, helmets, jackets. Check it out! Starting tomorrow, we shall be announcing winners chosen at random by an online randomizer that selects from the registration numbers. Register fast if you want to have the chance to win these prizes!

 

 

Swat light
Wolfbase mobile holder
Helmet
Speaker lights

Eventbrite - #kora17 | Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge 2017