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Mar 30, 2018

Progress Report March 2018

The main activities have been carried out in the quarter;

  1. Plastering of the walls

In Nepal, the tradition is to plaster the walls with a special kind of mud. The plastering mud is made of a mixture of straw, cow dung and some other stuff. The ladies do it because only they have the skills. Now, the basic plastering of the walls is completed. To make it interesting, the ladies are making an extra effort by adding arts and colours, and this will be done over the next months.

All the families together grew eight tonnes of potatoes by using the potatoes seeds we provided. This isn’t just sufficient for them for the whole year; they will also sale some of it to make an extra income and seeds for the next year. The green vegetable gardens are still providing sufficient vegetables for the families.

  1. Build more toilets

The remaining ten toilets have been completed in the last month. The local government has announced the Municipality as a faeces-free area from the 27th of March 2018.  We are pleased to see that now 90% of the households in the Municipality have a toilet.

Financial Report of the project is attached with this report as a PDF copy


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Feb 5, 2018

Progress Report Feb 2018

Police visit to the parents
Police visit to the parents

First of all, many thanks to those who donated generously to the GivingTuesday. It was a good fundraising event and, the next fundraising event is on Sunday the 20th of May.  We will walk the 10k for Nepal in London and then enjoy home-cooked delicious curries. You are kindly invited to participate in the event and sponsor the walkers.

You will be pleased to know that we have started to provide the educational support to nine more girls from this January. The girls are from the poorest and Dalit families, and the support will enable them to retrieve a formal education. The support will be continuous until the girls completed the grade ten. Then, the girls will be encouraged to enrol in our higher education scheme which is currently being developed. The scheme aims to produce more educated and capable women in the community from the disadvantaged families.

In the quarter, we provided 427 Notebooks and 264 pens to 106 girls in the scheme. Similarly, we have provided 106 sweaters, long socks, winter hats and sandals as part of the winter uniform. Fourteen girls from the scheme are behind in study, so we are providing an extra tuition class to them.

The school attendance of the girls in this quarter is not satisfactory. Only 37 girls have school attendance above the requirement, 44 girls have between 50% and 74% of the school days, and 16 girls have below 50%. It seems that the local and general elections, farming season and the bad weather are the main reasons for the unsatisfactory result. The staff and volunteers are instructed to spend more time with the girls and the families in this quarter to maintain the expectation.

Despite the agreement with parents, ten girls from the scheme are frequently absent from schooling. It is because they are forced to work in the field, being used in domestic-work and being forced into teenage marriage. We have given several warnings to the parents, but it was ignored. So, we had to call help from the police. The staff visited the parents with two police officers to resolve the issues. The visit was very effective and now, we are hopeful that the girls’ schooling will not be disrupted in the future.

We are committed to ensuring all the girls in the scheme will complete their schooling no matter what it takes and, we need your continuous support to mate it happen. So please, make a regular donation of whatever amount you can afford to the project.       

Jan 2, 2018

Monthly Progress Report Dec 2017

Jugeshwar House
Jugeshwar House

Summary of the report

235 labours, hundreds of bamboos and tones of bricks and concreate took to complete the foundation, wall and roof of the five houses. Now, the ladies of the house will plaster the walls by using traditional skills and arts. Five toilets are 50% completed and ten more toilets will be built over the next month. Digging of the two bore-hole for clean water have been completed and three not-working ones have been repaired. Now, the five families have access to clean water at their door.

Considering the completed work and the remaining work, we can conclude that the project is 75% completed and, so far we have spent 665,100 rupees (£5038) only. Despite the challenges we had to face in the last month and the previous, we have made a significant progress.

 

The main activities carried out in the month

  • Repairing the houses are almost completed

Rama, Jugeshwar, Ramchandra, Chandeshwar and Bishundev, the beneficiaries of the project will have a safe home in a week time. The builders have already completed foundation, wall and roof of the houses. It took 235 labours, 234 bamboos, 75 cement pillars, 650 meters of tin roof, 63 tractors full of soil, 3000 bricks, 28 sacks of cement and three tractors full of sands and greets. We have allocated 520,000 rupees for the activity and so far have spent 430,000.

  • Toilet and Bore-hole for clean water

In total, we will build fifteen toilets in the village, and so far five are 50% completed. A number of the toilet is greater than the houses built because ten families whose houses were damaged by the flood have repaired themselves before we arrive. But the ten families do not have a toilet so the families asked us for a toilet instead.

To build the toilets and water pump, we have allocated 184,000 rupees, and so far we have spent 90,000 rupees to buy plastic pipes, toilet rings, cement, toilet pan, bricks, concreates, tin roof, cement pillars, pump head, bamboos, and fittings. Similarly, we have dug two new bore-holes for clean water and repaired three.

  • The vegetable gardens

To support the livelihoods of affected families, we have provided seeds to grow vegetables to the eight families in the last month. The veg garden is looking fantastic, and the families will have sufficient vegetables from the next week.

 

The activities will be carried out in the next month

  1. Plastering of the walls

In Nepal, the tradition is to plaster the wall with a special kind of mud. The ladies do it, and only they have the skills. The plastering mud is made by mixing of straw, cow dung and some other stuff.  The ladies of the houses will be plastering the walls over the next weeks.

  1. Build more toilets

Ten more toilets will be built over the next month. The government of Nepal has announced- Saptari district as a faeces-free area, and anyone found doing so will be fined. The announcement has created a high demand for a toilet, but the families will not be able to afford one. Hence we are building a toilet for them, and they are grateful.

 

The challenges

Here, in Nepal, it is a winter season now. Until 11 am or sometimes until 1 pm, it is really cold and foggy. So the labours aren’t working on the speed hence costing more. However, building the houses will be completed in a week time so the loss wouldn’t be significant. Similarly, the toilets will take about three to four weeks to complete and the labours working on toilet are contracted to a fixed price.   


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