Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) and King’s College, last June, partnered together to design an exclusive ‘Community Asset Mapping Project’ aimed towards incorporating the concept of mapping with rural resources. For this, students of BBA 8th Semester visited and stayed in Palung, Chitlang, and Markhu communities of Makawanpur, Nepal for a week to map out the resources.
After a week of orientation class provided by Kshitiz Khanal of KLL, 11 of our students went to the field for another week and participated on different objectives of mapping. The course covered fundamental understanding of open street mapping and its important connection towards rural communities. Students were taught to develop data-driven and evidence-based analytical skills to study economic and entrepreneurial activities of geospatial context. Furthermore, the course also encouraged students to self-cultivate civic sense and increase interest in rural and small scale communities.
The students who participated in this program were Prasamsha Bhattarai, Nita Adhikari, Hardik Kuikel, Diana Shree Nath, Amrina Tamrakar, Bibek Raut, Bishal Upreti, Rajesh Phaiju, Nikesh Pokhrel, Samit Shahi, and Sagar Makaju Shrestha.
In a reflection sharing event held at King’s on August 2, student spared their knowledge on community mapping, their internship experience, and their fun stories/memories with friends. Let’s look what students had to say on their visit:
Nita Adhikari: ”This community tour allowed me to come out of my comfort zone as I learned to adapt in the new and challenging environment”.
Amrina Tamrakar: ”The field work was a good lend of fun and learning. In addition, this field work has helped us to strengthen our bonds and to know each other better”.
Rajesh Phaiju: ”I learned about mapping, which helped me to look into its importance to create possibilities of basic needs and base of every business. Also, for me, this tour was knowledge beyond the book as I was able to interact with real live events”.
Prasamsha Bhattarai: ”The tour as a whole turned out experimental, insightful, and fun”.