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.
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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May 28, 2015

Progress amidst disaster

Ms Jigme Doma Lama
Ms Jigme Doma Lama

Nepal is now synonymous with earthqake disaster and the devastation it has caused over large areas of the country. Whole villages have been wiped out and thousands have died. However some areas remote from the epicentre have suffered less or hardly at all and our project in the Hidden Himalayas - the district of Humla - is one of these. Aftershocks and minor tremors continue and everyone has to remain aware.

Our new Birthing Centres are progressing well despite the havoc caused by the earthquake and Bargaun is fully kitted out and will be operational by this June. All equipment has been purchased and sent to the Sarkegad centre which should be operational in a few months.

Construction of the Yari centre has started. A young Health Assistant from the local community, Ms Jigme Doma Lama, has been recruited. Until the new Birthing Clinic is operational she will work at the Yalbang and Muchu clinics. Her story is interesting:

 

'Ms Jigme Doma Lama, 20 years old, comes from a farming family of Muchu village ward no: 6, Humla. It was difficult for her family to sustain life but her parents encouraged her to study and she graduated her school leaving certificate from Manasarovar High School in Simikot. Since her child hood, she had witnessed difficulties of her family and community in getting proper health services as the government health post in nearby villages never had staff working in them. These people were from outside and did not want to stay in the village due to remoteness and other reasons. She therefore always wanted to study medicine and help her community and family. But while in school, her father had an accident during farm work and became disabled due to lack of treatment. She therefore faced even more financial difficulties in her further studies. But she was determined and with the help of relatives and friends, she managed to enroll in a Health Assistant course (a three years’ medical course) in Kathmandu. She successfully graduated, did a six months’ internship and when looking for a job opportunity to work in Humla, she got in contact with the Nepal Trust office.

She is happy now that she has been chosen as a HA health worker in Nepal Trust health program in Yari and upper Humla. She is happy to serve her community with her skills and is looking forward to fulfilling her child hood dream. But at the same time she also looks forward to further trainings in future to serve the people more effectively.'  

This lovely story illustrates the importance of encouraging local involvement and pride in these remote communities. People sent to work there from other areas find it difficult to live in a community with a different language and culture.

Thank you to all our donors and supporters for your continuing help and well wishes. We hope you will continue with us and share the story with your friends. The people of the Hidden Himalayas are very self reliant and survive most of what nature throws at them but they need that little help and support to make the next step up the ladder.

Bargaun Birthing Centre
Bargaun Birthing Centre
Equipment - Bargaun
Equipment - Bargaun
May 4, 2015

Urgent help delivered.

Total distruction
Total distruction

Over the weekend the Nepal Trust with the Nidan Hospital and our collaborative community partners visited Sipa Pokhari VDC in Sindalpalchowk district. There are 9 villages in this VDC with over 600 residents. Whole villages have been destroyed and no one had visited the area up to this point.

Tents had been collected from Dharan near the Indian border and together with food, medical supplies and other urgent needs were driven for several hours to the nearest roadhead. Local community volunteers arranged for motorbikes to transport the supplies to the more remote villages.

The medical volunteers focussed on the health issues while the rest of the team distributed shelter, food and other essential items. 150 tents and 50 tarpaulins, more than 2000kg of rice and large supplies of biscuits, chura and noodles, etc, were distributed.

A Nepal Mandal Television crew were also taken a long so that the desperate state of the villages can be brought to a wider audience.

Fresh supplies of tents are due to arrive from India tomorrow. Money is in urgent need to pay for all these supplies and essential materials. Please pass on this information to your friends and family and encourage them to donate. 

Our Home!
Our Home!
Distributing supplies.
Distributing supplies.

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