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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

Links:

Jan 9, 2019

HIMALAYAN HEALTHCARE UPDATE OF LAST 3 MONTHS

Growth monitoring at PHASE supported Health post
Growth monitoring at PHASE supported Health post

HIMALAYAN HEALTHCARE PROJECT UPDATE IN THE LAST 3 MONTHS

Health program has been one of the core programmes of PHASE Nepal since its inception 12 year ago. PHASE has been providing health services rural, deprived communities of 5 remote districts of Nepal reaching more than 25 most isolated himalayan communities through rural health improving concept.  Here is the short summary of overall health project activites of PHASE Nepal.

OPD services:

During the reporting period 10430 male and 13796 females were treated for different reasons within working areas . Among them, total 5594 number of children under five.

Numerous cases are examined from OPD and outreach clinics, which more often are treated within the centers. For serious cases, discussion were made with central emergency team and were referred to the higher centres. 

Maternal Health

Mother and Child health (MCH) is top most priority component in our working areas, for which PHASE has been regularly conducting different activities. PHASE has been working on all aspects of safe motherhood program i.e preventive, promotive and curative sectors.

Detail achievement of maternal health programme has been described below:

Antenatal care (ANC):

Total 377 pregnant women visited the health facility for 1st ANC checkups in all project sites in the last 3 months. The data showed that 1st ANC visit is good and 4th ANC visit is also in increasing trend, as in most of working areas more than 50% pregnant women came for 4th ANC visit, which really indicates that our interventions (health education, awareness raising program for motivating women) are showing its effects.

Delivery and Postnatal Care:

During this reporting period 119 women received Institutional delivery service and 53 women were assisted by our health workers for home delivery. PNC services was provided to 204 mothers, similarly 204 newborn examinations have been done within project areas. 

Family Planning

A total of 482 men and 1248 women were benefitted with modern temporary family planning services. While 482 men used condoms women chose several methods. 280 used pills, 944 used depo 3 montly injection and 24 chosed arm implants.

Health Awareness Activities

PHASE conducts a number of health awareness activities based on the need of the  communities it is working. Some of the major activtie are Nutrition workshop, Traditional healers training, CBIMNCI training and Child protection training , door to door visits, school health education and street drama. Public audit is conducted twice a year for the trasparency of the service and expenditure.

Similarly, meetings with FCHVs, mothers’ group and health facility management committee were done monthly.  

During the reporting period various awareness-raising programs has been conducted rigorously, 1715 events were organized and 22,014 community people were participated in such different activities.

Urban and Environmental Health

PHASE Nepal has initiated working in the field of research combining this with an intervention on Environmental and Occupational Health issues of informal waste workers in Kathmandu valley as well as Sisdol landfill site in Nuwakot district of Nepal. The project is providing medical care to vulnerable populations affected by natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty or exclusion. First Phase i.e baseline has already been accomplished and project implementation activity has been ongoing.

During the reporting period, 257 number of informal waste workers visited urban OPD for various reasons. 35 couples were provided with different measures of temporary family planning services. Detail of other programme activities is as follows:

Environment and Occupational Risk Awareness

The Peer Educators and Health care workers of PHASE have been providing health education to the informal waste workers of Kathmandu on various health related issues such as personal hygiene, environmental sanitation, Safety at work,various disease condition and their prevention.

Support to waste workers group

In this quarter , three additional waste workers groups were formed successfully in Sisdole, Nuwakot. With this, eight sub-groups of waste workers have been formed comprising a total of 200 waste workers including scrape dealers and waste workers. Monthly meeting of all eight groups has been conducted .

Environmental Risk Mitigation Measures

This quarter , sample Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) were purchased to test on peer educators. Peer educators will examine quality, comfortability and practicability of PPEs purchased. Based on their decisions, PPEs will be purchased in the next quarter.

Medical Outreach Activities

Awareness session on health and hygiene has been provided at Shantinagar and Sisdole areas. Moreover, door to door visits have also been performed in Shantinagar and Sisdole areas.

Environmental and Occupational Health Research and evidence-based information sharing

Pre-tested Key Informant Interviews (KII) were transcribed and translated and send to the research team for getting feedback. After getting feedback from the research team, qualitative tools were revised and re-phrased. Key Informant Interviews were conducted at Shantinagar and Teku.

PHASE Team wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to its numerous individual and intitutionals donors and supporters to make all this essential services possible in some of the most needy communities of Nepal.

PHASE Health worker with a patient
PHASE Health worker with a patient
An awareness programme about health (street drama)
An awareness programme about health (street drama)
 
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