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May 31, 2017

Prolonged but twin babies delivered successfully a

Humla district is still not connected with road so access to district is through plane which operates from only district headquarter and other is to walk to the nook and corners of the district. PHASE Nepal has been working in Humla district for over 8 years now and has been providing health and education services. It has been working in some of the most remote VDCs in the district.  Maila is one the very remote VDC of Humla situated at a distance of 48 miles from the district headquarters. The people were aloof from even basic health facilities before PHASE Nepal started working in the VDC. People visit Health post where PHASE Nepal provides health services and free medicines to the people.

Mrs. Putla, a 45 year old woman was pregnant. It was the 13th time she had become pregnant and all her previous pregnancies were successful bearing 12 offsprings. When she started suffering from labour pain her husband rushed her to the health post where PHASE Nepal health staff work with government staff. The government staff were not present but health staff of PHASE Nepal were present. Upon inspection it was found that she had twins in her womb hence health staff informed her husband to take Mrs. Putla to either Nepalgunj or Kolti and gave him a referral letter for the same. But because of the poor economic status and the time needed to take her to any of the places, her husband requested the health staff to deliver the babies in Maila health post. He signed a waiver letter also for this. His first baby was delivered at around 5 in the morning. The health staff informed him that the other twin baby should be delivered within two hours, if not then she had to be taken to Kolti.

Putla's husband was informed to manage fund for the travel expenses. He went to his village to arrange for funds but had to return empty handed. The two hours had passed and PHASE health staffs were worried. Their expertise in such cases was limited hence to save her life, they contacted experts in Kathmandu for advice and guidance. From the telephonic instructions they were able to deliver other twin baby at 12.55 in the noon. It is rare that a twin is delivered after such a prolonged period. Although it was a case of prolonged twin delivery but both the babies were present in vertex hence the advice and guidance of experts enabled the health staff to deliver the second twin even after prolonged period.

Putla's husband is thankful to health staff of PHASE Nepal for saving the lives of his wife and twin babies.

May 18, 2017

Fund is insufficient

PHASE’s staff nurse Nisha, who died last August, was hardworking, sincere and committed to serving the poor and needy people. She had left an easy job of instructor in a medical college to work with PHASE Nepal in remote Sirdibas VDC, Gorkha district that was badly affected by the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015. On 8th August, 2016 Nisha was on duty accompanying a young mother named Preeti and her 5 day old baby on their journey to hospital: The women had a serious postpartum infection and the baby had a fever. Both were being airlifted to Kathmandu for further treatment. Three other family members of the new mother were also on board. Tragically, due to bad weather and poor visibility, the helicopter crashed and all the passengers including Nisha died in the crash.

Nisha always gave importance to education and had promised her younger brother to put him through college. To honour Nisha’s memory, PHASE Nepal decided to set up a fund to commemorate her commitment, sincerity and dedication towards education. The fund will be utilized to educate under privileged and needy children from Nisha's home village or from the village in which she was working. All of the staff at PHASE Nepal donated one day of salary towards setting up the fund which amounted to Nrs 260,305/ (US $ 2600).  $675/ has been raised from GlobalGiving and Virgin Money Giving in the UK has raised 1752 pounds. PHASE Nepal hopes to collect US$25,000/- which will enable under privileged children to gain education. But even after 9 months, sufficent fund has not been raised to fulfill the objective. PHASE Nepal has planned to donate 100,000/- (Nepali Rupees) to Laxmi daughter of Preeti, lactating mother who died in the crash for her education and the decision on utilization of remaining fund will be done in the immediate future. PHASE Nepal is still expecting additional fund and requests all the generous donors to kindly donate towards a noble cause of educating under privileged children in memory of Nisha. 
Apr 25, 2017

Recovery and Reconstruction: What's Changed?

A temporary shelter in Hagam, Sindhupalchok
A temporary shelter in Hagam, Sindhupalchok

Two years ago today disaster hit Nepal. Two of the regions that PHASE Nepal works closely with were among those most affected by the earthquake: Gorkha - the epicentre, and Sindhupalchok. Sajjan, a PHASE staff member who grew up in Hagam, Sindhupalchok and still works in the region remembers: “Most households were changed by PHASE Nepal, but the earthquake brought everything back to the beginning.”

 

In the last two years PHASE has accomplished so much. Within hours of the earthquake, PHASE Nepal teams were providing emergency aid and care to those injured. After the first few days of emergency response PHASE led teams to the villages and delivered aid based on the needs of each village. Sunita a PHASE Project Manager recalls: “there was a shortage of metal sheets needed to construct temporary shelters and we used to queue for them, it was very hard, then we figured how to get sheets from India. We had trouble arranging transportation. All the helicopters were engaged. We would go to the airport very early and queue to be able to send materials to the villages.” Despite all these difficulties, PHASE Nepal was able to provide 13,000 families with direct emergency relief.

 

Bikash started working at PHASE Nepal as an Assistant Education Trainer in 2013. We asked him a few questions about his experience of the earthquake and what has changed in the last two years.

 

At the time of the earthquake, he recalls: “My own house was broken but I felt that I should come to the office. I came and saw that the entire operation had moved out to a tent. I stayed two hours and then went to my home village to see family. On the fourth day after the earthquake, PHASE started buying materials and setting out to help. If there was no PHASE Nepal, I would have dwelled on my own emotions but because PHASE exists my emotions were focused on being able to help. I would come to office at 7 am, and then go to a village to distribute emergency relief and not be back until to 1 am.”

 

It has been 2 years since the earthquake, what has changed in your life?

 

“After the earthquake there were tremors, and my family slept for at least two months in a tent in the field.” Our house was damaged, but PHASE provided a hardship allowance and by the first anniversary of the earthquake we had mended our house and slowly life has begun to return to normal.”

 

Since the earthquake, Bikash has celebrated three big family events: his two sisters have gotten married, and he and his wife have welcomed a new baby. At work, Bikash says the earthquake was an opportunity to challenge himself, step out of his comfort zone and show what he was capable of. “Prior to the earthquake I was working on one project and I am currently working on over twelve,” Bikash says. After the earthquake, he became project coordinator and most recently in February 2017, he was promoted to project manager.

 

What has changed at PHASE since the earthquake?

 

“PHASE’s goal is to provide integrated development through health, education and livelihood. Disaster relief after the earthquake was a new experience, but I think we were very successful.  Many people who supported PHASE during the earthquake became interested in what we do; many new donors and organisations have connected with PHASE and continue to support us and that is why projects have expanded and we are working in many more villages.”

 

PHASE Nepal’s central office has returned to relative normalcy even if the pace and extent of activities has increased. Many of the projects PHASE is managing today are related to earthquake recovery. Here are a few of the activities that PHASE Nepal has accomplished and is continuing to work towards two years on from the earthquake:

 

  • 600 toilets have been constructed across Sindhupalchok region since the earthquake.
  • 400 water taps have been built in Sindhupalchok
  • 65 km of trail are being reconstructed in Gorkha
  • 200 Temporary Learning Centres constructed across regions affected by the earthquake
  • 8 classrooms have been rebuilt using earthquake resistant methods
  • Construction will begin on 2 permanent schools this year
  • 3 Health Posts have been rebuilt - 2 in Gorkha and 1 in Sindhupalchok
  • 50 teachers were trained in post trauma teaching

 

 

All of this has been possible by generous donations from our supporters. PHASE Nepal continues to rely on donations to help fund our sustainable Health, Education, and Livelihood projects and earthquake recovery efforts. On the occasion of the second anniversary of the earthquake all donations to PHASE Nepal made today will be doubled by Global Giving – please support us if you can.

Bikash, Project Manager at PHASE Nepal
Bikash, Project Manager at PHASE Nepal
 
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