Nepal in focus for first SASA/SASNET/ABC Fika without borders event

fikanepalIn the spring 2014, the South Asian Student Association (SASA) at Lund University – the
student body of SASNET – launched a new series of what is called Fika Without Borders South Asia. In collaboration with SASNET and the voluntary organisation ABC Sweden, SASA successfully organised a Fika Without Borders gathering focusing on Nepal, on Wednesday 16 April 2014, 17.00–19.00, at the Social Sciences Students Union building, Paradisgatan 5 S, Lund (close to SASNET’s office). The programme was being planned for by Sharmin Rashid from SASA and Lars Eklund from SASNET, and included a skype onversation with a documentary film maker in Kathmandu, presentations by Rebecca Palmer from ABC on their projets in Nepal; by Leif Bjellin from the Dept. of Biology, Lund University with 40 years of experience of working in Nepal; and Hawwa Lubna from SASNET, on her Nepalese travel experiences. Nepalese food was served to the audience of about 30 people.

Fika Without Borders events were popularised by participants in the ”Social Innovation in a Digital Context (SIDC)” programme at Lund University. The concept comes from the belief that a coffee table gathering can bring together people from all over the world. Fika is a social institution in Sweden; it means having a coffee break with one’s colleagues, friends, date or family. These simple egalitarian social interactions can help break barriers and change the world one fika at a time. SASA plans to organise Fika without borders events once a month, and having one of the eight SAARC countries as a theme each time.

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