Ro Rai and his business partner Dan Mackie created Believe Creative in 2007, working across continents with a partner in India. They specialise in participative engagement techniques in education software, but also have a strong interest in and commitment to community based projects.
Bootstrap Stories is a series of audio & photo portraits exploring the diversity of people working in the Bootstrap Company building for Seed The City.
Audio: Lucia Scazzocchio (http://www.seedthecity.co.uk/)
Photography: Kuba Nowak (http://dokument.co.uk/)
This promo for http://www.ayo-gorkhali.org, the Ayo Gorkhali website, shows some of the site's amazing content: images from the Gurkha Museum's photo archives; the unique Ayo Gorkhali Interactive Timeline; articles about Gurkhas and the kukri - all accompanied by beautiful Nepali folk music courtesy of the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
Visit ayo-gorkhali.org and explore 2,800 years of Gorkhali (Gurkha) and Nepali (Nepalese) history and little known facts about the British Gurkhas: http://www.ayo-gorkhali.org
Produced by the Believe Collective: http://www.believecollective.net
Gurkhas and their supporters, including the actress Joanna Lumley, gathered outside Parliament today to celebrate the government's decision to allow all Gurkhas who have served in the Army for four years seek residency in the UK.
For almost two centuries, the Gurkhas have held a place among the fiercest and most loyal warriors in modern history. This group of young men, who come mostly from the rugged hills of rural Nepal, have fought for the British in almost every war since 1815. Today, members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles have a robust presence in Afghanistan's Helmand province. They play an invaluable role in training and mentoring programs for the Afghan National Police and the Afghan National Army, mainly because of the cultural knowledge they bring with them.
(The story was originally published in the Atlantic here: http://is.gd/5gquQ)
Every year the small town of Brecon, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, plays host to an unusual and spectacular military parade as members of Gurkha Company Mandalay, the local Gurkha garrison celebrate their 'Freedom of the Town'.
This short film that tells the story of how the Freedom Parade came about was compiled from interviews and footage shot for the Ayo Gorkhali! Video Wall installation, part of the Believe Collective's 'Ayo Gorkhali!' exhibition project, commissioned by Brecknock Museum.
'Ayo Gorkhali!' began in early 2008 with a community outreach that brought together Brecon's Welsh and Nepali communities and culminated with the opening of the exhibition that celebrated the legacy of the British Gurkhas and their strong ties with the town.
In 2010 we will be developing a new site for 'Ayo Gorkhali!, to showcase the exhibition's content, and will be running a series of online collaborations between schools in Wales, England and Nepal.