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Jul 24, 2017

Jasmaya rejoices construction of drinking water scheme


Jasmaya, a 50 year old woman, resident of Wamrang tole I ward-8 of Baramche VDC is blind. Being blind life was not easy for her and after the earthquake there were more miseries. Firstly she had to live in temporary shelter to which she was not accustomed to. Secondly it had become difficult for her to do her daily chores. There are 20 HHs in Wamrang tole with a population of 105. Most of the households in the tole belong to indigenous Tamang community.

After the earthquake PHASE Nepal constructed a Drinking Water supply scheme in the village. It benefitted all the villagers but Jasmaya was the happiest of all. Her happiness knew no bounds after the construction of the drinking water system. The reasons for her happiness were the drinking water was near her how which enables her to fetch water whenever she needs it. Her physical strain alongwith the fear of getting hurt to fetch water from far off distance has vanished into thin air. She is very particular regarding hygiene and cleanliness and with the availability she can maintain her hygiene and cleanliness habit. Most important of all was the fact that the community people realized that even differently able people are capable of contributing in community development work in a major way.  The most important lesson that we learn while constructing the drinking water project was the fact that people who are differently able can also contribute equally in the development works says Secretary of the drinking water User's committee Mr. Pemba Lama. Jasmaya is a glaring example of it.  He further added that the total cost of the drinking water scheme was Rs 418,000/- of which 10% of the cost that stands at Rs 42,000/- was contributed by community people in kind. It has helped in creating a sense of ownership among the community people

Jul 21, 2017

Training motivates teachers

Among 75 districts in Nepal, Bajura is ranked 75 as per the HDI report 2016. PHASE Nepal Teacher Training program aims to improve the learning environments of schools in 5 Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Bajura, through an intensive teacher training and follow up support to teachers.

The specific activities are:

  • Train and provide follow up support for 350 teachers
  • Train  mentor teachers to provide school-based monitoring and support
  • Recruit, Train and Support and  1 new trainer to build him/her as  a master trainer
  • Train all 350 teachers on gender sensitivity in schools.

 The teacher training program consisted of:

-          Classroom baseline assessment

-          Awareness-Level training in teaching methodology

-          Gender Sensitivity training (1-day course)

-          Post training classroom observation

-          Selection of mentor teachers

-          Training of Trainers (TOT) for mentor teachers (2 days training, 5-days observation/feedback)

-          Peer observation, feedback and reporting from mentor teachers

-          Focus group discussions with female students

 All activities were conducted in coordination with District Education Office, Bajura, community members, local resource centre and PHASE staff.

 The following were the achievements from the teacher training program

-          361 teachers completed the awareness-level training and gender sensitivity training

-          361 teachers had pre and post-course assessment and ongoing observation and feedback

-          78 mentor teachers completed the Training of Trainers course and provided ongoing support other teachers in their school

 “The PHASE approach is unique and we appreciate that you first observe the teachers in the classroom before the training and supplement the missing elements during the training. Many of the teachers from my school have been observed for the first time through this program. PHASE teacher training has rejuvenated our enthusiasm for teaching. 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).

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.

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