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Feb 26, 2019

Rebuilding Livelihoods in the Villages of Gorkha

Rebuilding livelihood in Gorkha.

 

PHASE Nepal is working to rebuild the livelihoods of earthquake affected communities of some of the remote communities of Gorkha lying in the villages Kashigaun and Keraunja which were severely affected by the earthquake. Since 2016, PHASE has already empowered more than 600 earthquake affected households with intensive livelihood improvement programme, health services and education sector development.

Rebuilding Livelihoods in Gorkha

With its 5 year programme PHASE has been providing training, equipment and follow up technical support to do seasonal and off seasonal vegetable farming for the yearlong supply of vegetables. In addition PHASE has a also been providing these farmers with poultry rearing training , supporting required equipment and breeding chicks of Giriraj breed. The selected breed produces yearlong of eggs and apply supply of meat as they grow as big as 5-6 kilograms.

With this programme, the farmers who never had any knowledge and skills of improved vegetable and poultry farming before, has been producing enough for the family and also selling the surplus. These farmer who did only traditional farming of seasonal crops like millet, barley and corn, have an additional supply of vegetable and meat all year round.

"I have no words to express how greatful I am to PHASE Nepal. We had no house to live after earthquake, so was the condition of the other villages. PHASE came with CGI roofing sheets and construction equipment to help us rebuild our houses. After that they are helping us with this amazing project to produce nutritious foods utilizing our own resources, our land, our water and time. I grow cauliflowers, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, egg plant, okra, black eyed beans, peppers, radish and many other vegetables all year round. I have 15 Giriraj chicks 3 male and 12 female. We are from a remote place. It takes more than a day of walk to reach the nearest bus road. I really appreciate your work here in my village to help us rebuild our livelihoods." -Idam Gurung Farmer, Keraunja

 In addition to livelihood recovery programme, PHASE has been suppporting the communities with 24 hours emergency free health service and school sector development programme to further support the communities in an integrated manner.

Feb 12, 2019

Improving School Environments in Gorkha

A fully functional computer lab in Keraunja
A fully functional computer lab in Keraunja

 

PHASE has been working in 3 remote villages of Northern Gorkha to improve health, education and livelihood opportunities and support these isolated mountaneous communities. Here is the short summary of the education activities accomplished in this quarter.

Manbu

In May, PHASE education team had successfully facilitated a 10-day training event titled "Child Friendly School" for 62 teachers from 10 schools. In this quarter PHASE trainers performed classroom observation and feedback session to all the participant teachers. The constructive feedbacks were well appreciated by the teachers. In the coming  quarter a group of aspiring 30 teachers will be provided mentorship training to run school mentorship programme in a peer to peer model.

Similarly, PHASE also plans to create a model school in the village by supporting additional physical infrastructure and follow up trainings. 

" I really enjoy the feedbacks provided by PHASE educators, they have appreciated my efforts and added to the room for improvement. I am committed to use child friendly and interactive methodologies in my classes as I have felt that we are facilitators of classroom activities not the lecturers.

 -Sher Bahadur Neupane, Teacher

Siddhartha Banasthali Basic School,Shyamchet, Manbu.

PHASE has been working with 10 schools of Manbu to instils child friendly environment in these remote schools.

Kashigaun and Keraunja

Similarly in the villages of Kashigaun and Keraunja several education projects are running as follows. 

  • Upgrading Early Childhood Classrooms and follow up support in 3 needy schools
  • Rebuilding of gender friendly toilet in 3 needy schools and follow up suppport to maintain watersupply and cleanliness. A retention wall was also built after a small landslide below one of the toilets.
  • Science Laboratory in 2 basic schools and 2 secondary schools.
  • School Garden Programme to teach students vocational skills to the students in one high school
  • Computer Lab in Keruanja high school.
  • Mentorship Programme in 8 schools with 14 trained lead teachers working with 52 teachers altogether.

The PHASE supported 5 computer lab has been expanded to 9 computer lab with the help of community support. The rural children are having computer education right in their villages.

School garden programme has also started in the secondary school of Kashigaun with the installment of plastic green house, seed and technical support by agriculture technicians. With this, children are expected to learn vocation skills regarding improved vegetable farming and spread the knowledge and skills with their parents. The programme is planned to be expanded in Keraunja and Manbu.

PHASE aims to improve holistic school environment and access to education in all of these remote villages in the coming years.

An upgraded early childhood classroom
An upgraded early childhood classroom
Gabion supporting the school toilet after lanslide
Gabion supporting the school toilet after lanslide
Learning materials made by teachers after training
Learning materials made by teachers after training
Jan 22, 2019

Appreciations and suggestions to the programme

A local of Natharpu Village expressing his view
A local of Natharpu Village expressing his view

Appreciations and suggestions to the community development programme in Mugu

This quarter, PHASE participatory video team travelled more than 18 days to some of the remotest project areas of Mugu, Humla and Bajura, the Karnali Region to prepare a participatory video.

This quarter the theme of PHASE's work itself was selected by the people themselves as it is the pioneer organization reaching and enhancing Health, Education and Livelihood services in the villages which are days and weeks away from the nearest bus roads and are only accessible travelling on foot. In the attached video people have expressed appreciation  as well as provided constructive feedback from their side ragarding PHASE Nepal's community developoment work in the remote villages.

For video please click here or refer to the link at the end of this report.

In the coming quarter PHASE plans to cover sever other topics as identified by the community members themselves in new participatory videos. Most of the topics will reflect social and development problems.

Through this participatory video project plans to bring the voice of people in the forefront of development. PHASE participatory video project team also provides consutancy services to other organization seeking to do make similar kind of videos.

A local from Bichhiya expressing her view
A local from Bichhiya expressing her view
Local youth learning to video tape
Local youth learning to video tape

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