PHASE Nepal

To improve the living standards of people living in remote Himalayan communities, by providing immediate support and empowering them. Through integrated programmes in the areas of health, education and livelihoods, PHASE aims to support the most vulnerable (women, children, low castes, the very poor and people with disabilities) to break the cycle of poverty, by assisting communities and local authorities to lay the groundwork for a self-sufficient future.
Sep 12, 2016

Health post reconstruction in Gorkha district

construction works going on at the project site
construction works going on at the project site

PHASE Nepal is constructing Pre-fab health post in Kashigaun and Keraunja VDCs of Gorkha district. Kashigaun & Keraunja are remote VDC's of Gorkha situated near the epicenter of devastating earthquake that struck Nepal first on 25th April 2015. The health post in these VDCs completely collapsed in the earthquake. As such the people in the VDCs were without basic health facilities and services in the absence of health post. Hence it was paramount to construct the health post to avail the people of these VDCs with atleast basic health facilities and services. The construction work will follow the technical guidelines of Ministry of health (MoH). The total cost for the construction of the pre fab health post in both the VDCs is  Nrs 135,00,000/-  of which 128,44,100- has been funded by Cha-Ya. The remaining amount required for the construction of the health post has been utilized from the global giving project. 

 

The following are the achievements till the reporting period.

  1. Project Progress and Achievement
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Health for the reconstruction of health posts in the 2 VDCs has been signed.
  • Contractors were finalized and agreement with contractors was signed to initiate the construction works of health posts.
  • Staffs have been recruited to oversee the technical aspect of the construction which is being done by PHASE Nepal. Assistant Sub-Engineer Mr. Roshan Rimal has been recruited and has been working in the construction site since July 2016. Mr. Sujan Ghimire has been designated the responsibility of supervising and evaluating the works through regular field visits.
  • Collection of local materials (stones, gravels, sand) required for the construction of the health post is going on.
  • Ware house for the storage and transportation till project sites has been finalized in Arkhet of the district.
  • Earth excavation works to lay the foundation of the health post has begun in Kashigaun VDC.
  • To resolve the land dispute for the construction work in Keraunja VDC, meeting was held and minutes were noted down. It was agreed that the land ownership be transferred to health post. The process of transfer of land ownership has begun.

     2. Challenges

  • Construction work in Keraunja VDC could not commence because of the dispute regarding land ownership.
  • Heavy rainfall followed by landslides have obstructed the Arughat- Soti road. As a result transportation of construction materials to the project site from Arkhet has been hampered. There has been delay in timely delivery of the materials to the project site. Transportation through vehicle is possible only till soti and beyond Soti the materials have to be transported on mules
  • Availability of mules for transportation beyond Soti is difficult as mule owners are reluctant to provide mule because of the risk involved

 

Jul 27, 2016

Teacher training in Gorkha and Bajura

PHASE team in Keraunja
PHASE team in Keraunja

Recently, PHASE Nepal conducted teacher trainings in Keraunja, Kashigaun (Gorkha district) and Kolti, Pandusain (Bajura district). PHASE trained around 100 teachers from government school in these communities in best teaching practices, gender sensitivity and school mentorship. The project educated 30 mentors from the 100 teachers based on their outstanding performance. By this programme, PHASE aimed to improve the classroom environment, better participation of girls and to create local leadership within the schools by creating mentor teachers for sustainable change even after the project is completed. 

After the programmes were concluded, PHASE Nepal received the following feedback of different stakeholders:

Teachers

“The PHASE approach is unique and we appreciate that you first observe the teachers before the training and develop the training based on shortcomings and weaknesses of the teachers. Many of the teachers from my school are observed for the first time. The PHASE Nepal teacher training has rejuvenated our enthusiasm. The best part of it is the continuous follow up and feedback. Being selected as a mentor is a big opportunity for me. It’s great because we teachers are sharing ideas with each other and there is an environment of interaction in the school.”

Bir Jung Shahi, Principal of Budhinanda Primary School in Kolti (Bajura).

"We are very happy that PHASE resumed its educational services and remembered us one year after the massive earthquake. We are glad that you have understood our problems and our efforts in running schools in TLCs. Although it will take some time to build permanent infrastructures for the schools, we can still maintain quality in education if we get training support like this. We hope you come up with more training in the future too. We love the PHASE approach in teacher training because it is focused on practical skills. As a mentor teacher I will try to develop a habit of sharing among teachers in my school. I would like to request you: bring more follow up trainings and cover difficult subjects like English and Maths."

Saraswati Gaire, Teacher of Gandaki Lower Secondary School in Keraunja (Gorkha).

Administrators

School Supervisor Vivi Raj Soti (Bajura) after his monitoring visit:

"I am glad that I got the chance to monitor your project. I think you should replicate this in other VDCs of Bajura because it is precise, practical and delivered in the village so that the teachers do not have to spend days travelling to the  district headquarter."

District Education Officer of Gorkha, Hari Aryal, inquired us about the project and called the PHASE team to visit his office at the district headquarter in Gorkha and told us:

"I was especially concerned about Kashigaun and Keraunja because they are high in the mountains and do not get in touch with the outside world often. They aren’t even on the tourist trail so there is not much exposure. I am happy that you are doing the project there. I like your training because you are focusing on the practical aspects of the teaching strategies what compliments with what we are trying to do from our resource centre."

Student

"I come from a marginalized, so called low caste, family and I carry high ambition of becoming a lawyer and advocate the implementations of good laws and fight against malpractices. I have felt that after your training, teachers have started to ask more questions. What makes me happy is that they now give more chances to girls in the class. I also love the group work as it allows me to talk about my ideas with my friends. It's fun learning like this."

Samjhana B.K., age 13, Kolti (Bajura)

All teachers and students would like to thank you for your support!

Low cost training materials
Low cost training materials
Samjhana, student from Kolti
Samjhana, student from Kolti
Handing out certificates to teachers in Keraunja
Handing out certificates to teachers in Keraunja

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Jul 7, 2016

A fresh air of happiness

Purna Kala from Maila
Purna Kala from Maila

Maila is a community of around 800 households in Humla, the district in the most North-Western corner of Nepal. In the North, the border of the district is China, in the West, there is India. Travelling to Humla from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, takes several days and due to the extreme climate and the difficult access to the area, the district is amongst the least developed in Nepal. Especially children and women are suffering from the limited access to health services. PHASE Nepal has been working in Maila since 2008 through integrated community projects to improve the health services and support the community through adult literacy and livelihood improvement programmes.

“Dansara Jaisi is a 53 year old woman living in Maila. She got married at the age of 12 but stayed at her parental home until her first menstruation, when she was 14. After that, she went to live with her in-laws and husband.

There were 15 members in the family altogether, and resources were scarce. As traditionally the new daughter-in-law does most of the household work and is the last to eat, Dansara was always tired and hungry. For her, daily chores became more difficulty as she became pregnant just a year later, aged 15. At that time, there was no functioning health post anywhere nearby, so there was no question of having the baby in a health post or hospital. Dansara gave birth to her first baby at home, after seven days of labour pains. Soon after the delivery, she had to pick up her daily chores again and had to leave behind her 5 days old child. She gave birth to 9 children in total, of whom 4 are alive until this day; she lost two children because of miscarriage and the other babies passed away before they reached the age of 1.

Her body started to feel weak soon after she gave birth to her third child. The hard life in the village began to degrade her body's energy creating several problems like pain in her lower belly and back, white discharge and chronic fatigue. In spite of this she conceived six more children, despite all the agony she went through.  She was tolerating all the pain and discomforts to keep a good relation with her husband and family-in-law. But as she wasn’t able to carry heavy loads or work as other women in the village, she soon fell into discredit with her in-laws and lost their respect.  That wasn’t the end of her problems. She started to keep her husband at a distance because of the vaginal discharge which she wanted to hide and felt ashamed about. Her husband married another woman in consent of their family members which caused her great heart-ache. She didn't even think of sharing her problems with other people and thought that all women were suffering the same ordeal as her. Eventually, after many years of daily hard work, she started feeling the symptoms of uterine prolapse – her womb dropping down and forming a lump outside her vagina, causing great discomfort. She used to push it up slowly at night. In silence, she endured the suffering all by herself.

As time passed by, she heard the news of a check-up programme related to uterus prolapse by PHASE Nepal. She consulted about it with the female community health volunteers of her village and they suggested her to visit the health post without any delay. At the post, sisters of PHASE Nepal examined her and gave the necessary treatment by inserting a rubber ring pessary. The woman was advised to visit the health post regularly for follow up. After insertion of the ring pessary, she was finally relieved from the pain she had been enduring and hiding for so long. Slowly, the daily chores, which used to make her exhausted, began to feel easy and effortless. It has been 16 month since she had the ring pessary and she feels like breathing a fresh air of happiness ever since. She also believes that if she had been treated before, she would not be isolated from her family.

She thanks PHASE Nepal for their help and wishes them all the best to serve and help more women like her in future.”

On a recent monitoring visit to the region, Purna Kala Jaishi, Member of Mother’s Group, Maila-3, testified:

“Maternal and Child death rate was high before the intervention of PHASE Nepal’s programme in our VDC. Due to lack of treatment and health post access, there was untimely death of large numbers of mothers and children. But now the situation is different, PHASE Nepal has improved our health and lives with treatment and medicines and made us aware about the importance of savings. Not only this, we are empowered to read and write in general.”     

PHASE Nepal would like to thank you for your support to the people of Maila, Humla district!

Community meeting in Maila
Community meeting in Maila
Meeting with teachers in Maila
Meeting with teachers in Maila
Monitoring of livelihood projects in Maila
Monitoring of livelihood projects in Maila

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