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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.   


Attachments:
Dec 1, 2017

Monthly Progress Report Nov 2017

Summary of the report

Re-visiting of the families affected by the flood and assessment of the damages has been completed. According to the assessment, twenty-one families qualify to receive the support. But the budget is limited so we have started with five families whose homes are badly damaged. Construction materials, such as bricks, cement, bamboos, cement pillars and soil that required to repair/rebuild the homes have been delivered and the work has started. To rebuild the livelihoods, we have provided 200 kilos of potatoes and garlic seed and, aubergine and cauliflower plants.

The main activities carried out in the month

1. Re-visit the families affected by the flood and assess the damages:

Sunita and Suresh cycled through all the villages in Mahadewa municipality to re-assess the damages. They found twenty-one homes are damaged by the flooding. Five of the twenty-one homes are severely damaged. Hence, we have begun to repair the five home immediately. The five home owners are; Rama, Jugeshwar, Ramchandra, Chandeshwar and Bishundev of Durgapur village, Saptari, Nepal.   

2. Prepare an estimate of the construction materials required and find a supplier:

The main stuff required to repair the five homes are; 350 bamboos, 41 cement pillars, 12ft long 100 pcs of Tin, 3 thousand bricks, twenty sacks of cement, 100 tractors full of soil, 120 days of labour. We also required 200 kilo of seeds, two female goats and materials for five toilet and water-pump. Bamboos is the main material in the construction and, it is used in wall and roofing. The labours are preparing the bamboos which we found from a local supplier.

3. Find a contractor to rebuild or repair the homes, toilets and water-pumps:

Tulsi and Rabin are the contractors to repair the homes, toilet and water pump. We have a written agreement with the contractors to complete the work within time and at the highest standard possible. The construction work will be completed on the 25th of December as per the agreement.

4. Deliver the construction materials to the beneficiaries and start the work:

Two thousand bricks, ten sacks of cement and other construction materials have been delivered. 33 tractors full of soil also have been delivered to build the base of the homes and 79 bamboos are cut into pieces and ready to construct the walls. The damaged tin roof is being removed and the ground is being prepared to put up the walls as soon as it is ready.

5. Provide sufficient seeds and plants to the beneficiaries:

To support the livelihoods of affected families, we have provided seeds to grow vegetables to the five families. In total 200 kilo of potatoes seeds, 5 kilo of garlic, 500 pcs of cauliflowers plants, 250 aubergine and other local green plants have been planted.

The main activities will be carried out in the next month

  1. Provide a cow and a female goat to the beneficiaries
  2. Monitor the construction work daily and ensure the materials are available all the times so the work won’t get disrupted

The challenges

Finding a labour is extremely difficult at this time of the year because it is rice harvesting time and, people are busy at their rice field. Livelihoods of ninety percent of the population in the villages depends on agriculture. Additionally, the general election is on the 7th of December.

But it is very important to speed up the work because winter is approaching. The families affected by the flood are the poorest and, they do not have heating facilities in their home or have sufficient clothing. In these circumstances, cost of labour will be slightly higher than estimated in the budget.

Recommendations

Despite the challenges, it is wise to continue the repair and rebuilding the homes because of the winter. The winter is already started and if the work is not completed on schedule then the beneficiaries will have a very difficult time.

The project team

Krit Sharma-                 Representative of Nepal Village Foundation, UK

                                     M- 079 5437 6665, H- 0207 064 0914 (UK), 9813 742 278 (Nepal)

Ram Narayan-              Representative & Chair of Hamro Samaj Nepal (M- 9815 739 502)

Sunita Mandal-             Project Manager, Hamro Samaj Nepal (M- 9814 799 563)

Suresh Sharma-           Project Assistant, Hamro Samaj Nepal (M- 9818 987 790)

 
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