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Aug 17, 2017

Heartfelt Thanks

PHASE nurse Nisha died in a helicopter crash while accompanying a sick new mother, who was being airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment with her 5 day old baby. In her memory PHASE Nepal set up a scholarship memorial fund which would enable underprivileged children from Nisha's home town or from her working area in Gorkha to complete their education. PHASE Nepal had hoped to raise US$25,000/- .All the staff of PHASE Nepal contributed salary of one day to the memorial fund which amounted to USD 2,600. US$ 675 was raised through Global giving and GBP 1,752/- was raised in the UK. Unfortunately the amount collected was not sufficient for the interest to raise enough money for an ongoing scholarship fund. Therefore the Board of PHASE Nepal decided to share the funds between the families of Nisha and of Preeti, the young mother who also died in the crash. The total raised fund amounted to approximately.. USD 5,870. The PHASE board, along with the parents of Nisha and husband of Preeti decided to give Nrs 500,000/- to Nisha's family for the education of her brother and Nrs 87,772/- to Preeti's husband for the education of his son. This meeting was held on 3rd July, 2017.

Attached is the thank you letter given by Dil Bahadur, husband of Preeti on receiving the fund. The following is the translation into English:

“Although fate has taken away all my joy, for all your support, I would like to tell you from my heart:

My Heartfelt Thank you!

As the sun sets, my son says ‘Mother did not come’, as he searches in every direction, his eyes fill with tears and he starts crying-  I am also unable to control my tears, there is nothing I can do nowadays than cry with him. My son doesn’t know that on the 8th August last year, his mother died when the Fishtail helicopter she was being airlifted in crashed in Vedini forest in Nuwakot district. My son lost his mother forever and I lost my life’s companion.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the organisation PHASE Nepal and the whole PHAE family for their generous financial support to help me educate my son. – Dil Bahadur ” 


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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).


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