Yes To Change is a collaborative platform for change makers coming from all the over world with various professional backgrounds, who all share one common goal; to end poverty, bring sustainable development and positive change to a community in need. We want to achieve this through sharing skills and knowledge, while showing mutual respect for one another and a spirit of team work. Yes To Change is registered as a non profit company in Nepal and closely works together with local clubs, communities and the local government. Yes To Change partners with the Spanish Association Sainz de Baranda.
Bangthali (also known as Sanowangthali) is homeland to more than 500 families. 40% of the total population are under the age of 15. It is culturally diversified. Tamang is the main native ethnic group, which has lived in this village for over 400 years. Concerning religion both Buddhism and Hinduism coexist peacefully in the village community. The village itself is spread out and lays between 1600 – 2300 meters above sea level, being situated in the Koshipari area of the Kavre District. The bus ride from Kathmandu to Bangthali is about 6 hours long, despite the relatively short distance of 85 kilometers. This is owned to the fact, that the last 27 km of the way are unpaved.
Agriculture is the major profession in the village. Corn, wheat, buckwheat, millet, mustard and soy beans are the major crops. However, due to the lack of a proper irrigation system, modern tools and technology the productivity remains low, compelling villagers to import food from elsewhere. Cows, buffaloes, goats and chicken are the major domestic animals.
Bangthali was terribly affected by the 2015 earthquake causing some casualties and the loss of 80% of homes and infrastructure. Even until today many villagers are struggling to rebuild their homes, due to a lack of financial and technical capability. Consequently, they need your helping hands to rebuild their hope for a better future.