The Nepal Trust

Working with health, community development and hope in the Hidden Himalayas. We work with local communities, government and NGOs in improving and implementing basic health care provision in remote areas, develop and conserve community infrastructures that contribute towards conservation of nature and culture and promote and create income generating opportunities to support the local economy with the aim of enabling sustainable projects, reducing poverty and improving the quality of life.
Aug 24, 2015

A better start in life.

A new patient.
A new patient.

Although Humla and the Hidden Himalayas escaped the worst of the recent devastating earthquake concerns remain and local people remain vigilant. Tremors occur and there is a strong belief that the next 'big one' will be in the west.

However, life must go on as people go about their daily business and domestic chores. Slowly, but surely, life is improving in this remote corner of the world and the Nepal Trust has contributed to this in no small way. Its health programmes linked to renewable energy initiatives, income generation, agricultural improvements and education are having a considerable impact by raising general health and living standards.

For the very first time pregnant mothers have clean and qualified facilities for giving birth under safe conditions. Our new Birthing Centre initiative is now functioning with qualified staff.

Bargaun: A new ANM (Aux Nurse Midwife), Mrs Nabina Lama is now working in the centre alongside Healthworker Yangzum Lama. The Centre is fully functioning and the local health committee will hold an inauguration ceremony later this year - no doubt with great festivity.

Sarkegad: The new Birthing Centre is now complete and the adjoining health clinic fully renovated. A water supply has been restored and installed. It is hoped that the Centre will be operational by next month when a new ANM is recruited.

Yari: Local building materials (wood, stone,etc) have been collected. Foundations will be laid soon and, hopefully, building work will be completed by the end of 2015. A health assistant (Mrs Jigme Doma Lama) has been recruited. Currently she is assisting at our Yalbang clinic to develop more knowledge and skills. More staff will be recruited when the Centre is ready to open its doors.

Our Little Doctors Health programme for young students goes from strength to strength. This health education initiative teaches young students (10-15 years) the basics of good personal health care, domestic issues and family planning. The students pass their knowledge on to parents, siblings and other family members to eventually remove some traditional beliefs and improve general health practices. This year we have supported 3 programmes in Simikot, Bargaun and Yalbang involving a total of 66 students.

Attached to this report is our latest newsletter Namaste. Although this issue heavily features our involvement in earthquake relief it also updates our other work in health and education.

Thank you all for your support for our work. We could do little without your help. We hope you can continue to provide support and please let your friends and colleagues know about us.

With our best wishes. Namaste!

A Little Doctors class.
A Little Doctors class.
Receiving course materials.
Receiving course materials.

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Aug 24, 2015

Can co-operation build a brighter future?

GI sheets ready for Tarkegyang.
GI sheets ready for Tarkegyang.

Natural disasters recede fairly rapidly from the public mind as new ones take over but for the people involved it is still very much at the forefront of their minds and their daily lives. The reminder is always there when they survey their ruined homes and another aftershock jolts their senses. Immediate emergency support has been distributed although there are still many more remote areas in need of support. For small organisations, like the Nepal Trust, it is only feasible, and sensible, to focus its resources and effort to make the most impact. This disaster is huge, very widespread, and in some of the most difficult terrain on earth.

During the rebuilding phase co-operation is essential to provide a fully coordinated approach. The Trust is working with Dutch based organisations, over a two year period split in to two phases, with the Trust acting as the local coordinator. After an extensive community field assessment using satellite technology 5 VDCs in Sindalpalchowk have been identified as the main project area. These are; Sipapokhare, Kumchok, Nawalpur, Syaule, and Helambu. Altogether these VDCs include 1993 households and a population of 8609 people.

The project has identified 60 farmers who will receive help and special training to rebuild their farms and livelihoods, 8 masons will be trained  in new eathquake resistant building techniques, 15 Dalit families will receive sewing machines to build local businesses. After the monsoon is over an emphasis will be placed on restoring water and irrigation schemes and rebuilding electricity supplies.The project will also encourage other organisations to provide specific project funding by providing matching grants.

Many schools were destroyed in the earthquake and it is a national priority to get as many up and running as quickly as possible. The Trust has supported the construction of three Temporary Learning Centres in Kumchok VDC. These are a special design with concrete flooring and a prefabricated metal construction to give a longer life before a more permanent solution is arrived at. It allows children to rapidly get back to a stable learning environment. We have also supplied building materials to three schools in Gorthali VDC to get them up and running again.

Helambu is a remote and beautiful area that was particularly badly hit. Global Giving gave a substantial grant towards the rebuilding of Tarkegyang village. All the materials have been purchased and await transport to site but, unfortunately, the monsoon has washed away roads and trails. As soon as these are cleared, hopefully very soon, the materials will be delivered for installation by the local community.

Attached to this report is our latest newsletter, a special earthquake edition of Namaste, that provides more detail of our efforts to improve the lives of some of those devastated by the earthquake.

Many, many thanks to those who have donated and who support our work. Thank you to GlobalGiving for being with us and providing such excellent support. Please share with your friends and spread the word. Every penny we receive here in the UK goes directly to Nepal and to those most in need.

Namaste!

Tarkegyang village.
Tarkegyang village.
Community workers Kunchok VDC
Community workers Kunchok VDC
Constructing Temporary Learning Centre, Prativa.
Constructing Temporary Learning Centre, Prativa.
Food supplies ready to go.
Food supplies ready to go.

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May 28, 2015

Working Together

Ready to go.
Ready to go.

The full scale of the earthquake disaster in Nepal is slowly unfolding as the more remote areas and villages are reached. Working alone is not an option and it is essential that organisations work together to maximise the effort. The Nepal Trust is working with the Nidan Hospital and an associate group of organisations to deliver emergency help. We are also working with the Integrated Self-Help Association for Rural Development (ISARD) to reach more areas and create more collaboratve linkages. The new areas include the VDCs of Bharabise, Toutali, Pangretar, Karthali, Ghorthali, Dhuskum, Chokati, Piskar, Thumpakhal. We have recently sent:

128 greenhouse plastics for shelter and food production.

3000kg of rice.

42 tarpaulins for schools, healthposts and community centres.

For now the priority remains the urgent need to provide roofing and shelter before the onset of the monsoon. A collaborative meeting on 4 June between a number of donors in the area will plan and coordinate the long-term rehabilitation operation.

Testimonials for our work include:

'Very impressive organisational talent- I just so wish it was available everywhere. Can NT cascade their abilities/ train teams to enable others to replicate their success?'

'So glad you are persevering with aid to the remote areas. I can't imagine the horrors of this awful disaster. Hope you can keep up the good work.'

In cooperation with Nepal Mandal TV we have produced a documentary of the devestation and some of the efforts being made to alleviate the problems. See the link below.

Thank you to our supporters and to GlobalGiving for all your help. Please pass around your friends and get them involved. This is a huge problem that will take a long time to resolve. These people are resourceful and can handle much that the harsh living of the Himalayas throws at them but, this time, it is very hard!

Some of our team
Some of our team
Mother, children and wrecked home.
Mother, children and wrecked home.
No where to go!
No where to go!

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