The Nepal Trust

Working with health, community development and hope in the Hidden Himalayas. We work with local communities, government and NGOs in improving and implementing basic health care provision in remote areas, develop and conserve community infrastructures that contribute towards conservation of nature and culture and promote and create income generating opportunities to support the local economy with the aim of enabling sustainable projects, reducing poverty and improving the quality of life.
Aug 23, 2016

Help switch to a brighter future.

New Concrete Floors ready for Machinery
New Concrete Floors ready for Machinery

Funding is slow for the final implementation of this project. Buildings and basic infrastructures, including water and power,  are in place. What is now needed is the machinery and the staff resources to get operations moving.

The Nepal Trust has a long record of providing renewable energy systems in this extremely remote part of the world and the new Service Centre will provide an insurance of future reliability. It will also be a catylist for the rapid expansion of small scale renewable energy schemes throughout the district providing clean energy and a healthier lifestyle for all inhabitants. Where renewable energy schemes are already in use there has been a significant drop in respitory diseases and other illnesses linked to smoky and polluted atmospheres. In 2005 the Nepal Trust received international recognition for its work in this field and was awarded the Premio Italgas prize in Turin for 'Projects in the Environment'.

The Trust has identified an experienced project engineer/supervisor to run this new facility and local people have already received training as technicians. We are working with a local non-profit NGO development partner - Local Initiative Development Support Consultancy Agency (LIDS) - to provide technical advice and support.

The Service centre will also provide other services including the repair of food mills, buildings and machinery; carry out repairs to wiring, plumbing, smokeless stoves and do welding and lathe work. It is anticipated that this new enterprise will become self sustaining within one or two years.

Funding is now urgent. Many thanks to our donors for supporting this unique and very important project. If you can, please pass on the news and information to friends and colleagues and encourage them to get involved. Imagine your life without clean electricity!

Thank you from all at the Nepal Trust.


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Aug 15, 2016

A New Life.

The first baby at Barguan BC
The first baby at Barguan BC

Jankala is a young mother from Bargaun village in Humla. Before the Nepal Trust built the new Birthing Centre in her village she would have had to trek for hours, even days, to reach qualified help and safe facilities to deliver her baby. The alternative was to give birth in an outbuilding or cowshed. This is no longer necessary and Jankala has delivered the very first baby to be born in the birthing centre. The baby, yet to be named, is healthy and will receive regular check-ups, along with its mother, to ensure they both have a long and healthy future ahead of them.

The other two Birthing Centres are operating well. Yari has still to be fully furnished but all the furniture has been shipped to Simikot and will soon be delivered by horse and porters. Meanwhile Maternal Health training sessions have started and are well attended.

All clinics, six altogether, have recently been restocked with fresh medicines and supplies.

Our successful Little Doctors health programme for school children goes from strength to strength. We have taken the decision to run 4 courses this year - up from 3 - and in subsequent years. This will mean that up to 90 children will be taught basic personal and family healthcare and knowledge which they will pass on to their families. This programme is having a significant impact on general health in the district.

We continue to work in cooperation with other agencies and donors. An example is the recent donation, through the Norwegian Development Fund, to supply the village of Syadaa in Humla with a complete set of birthing equipment for its clinic. The Nepal Trust safely delivered the equipment.

Our work continues in this remote but very beautiful part of the world. Nothing is easy, there are no roads and movement is always on foot. Emergencies can be dealt with with the help of an helicopter or a small plane from Simikot but it is very expensive. Our donors are our lifeline but life and death for the people that live in Humla. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done to support this cause. Please stay with us and encourage your friends to help also.

Namaste. 

Auxillary Nurse Midwife - Nabina
Auxillary Nurse Midwife - Nabina
Yari - Maternal Health Training
Yari - Maternal Health Training
Jul 20, 2016

Kshetra's Vision

Kshetra
Kshetra

Kshetra has a vision. His vision is to work hard to improve the lives of his family and his country. He wants others to do the same so together they can improve their livelihoods and recover from the devastating earthquake that took so much away from their communities. Below is his story and what he hopes to achieve:

“GROWING HOPES IN NAWALPUR VDC – Kshetra ”

BENEFICIARY DETAILS:

Name :Kshetra

Address :Nawalpur VDC , Ward No 6

Family Member: 10

Age: 35 Years

Occupation: Agriculture, Business

35 year old Kshetra of Sindhupalchowk district was born in Nawalpur VDC Ward No. 6 and gained his education from the local school of Nawalpur. Kshetra had to discontinue his studies due to his family’s poor economic condition. In order, to uplift his family status; time and again Kshetra had to go abroad to make a saving for himself and his family’s secure future. Kshetra returned back from abroad having a planned mindset that he shall do something in his own homeland.1 year ago, Kshetra started to engage himself in the agricultural sector by cultivating various vegetables, plants, fruits in his own 30 Ropani land. Kshetra is a good example of motivated youth who expresses his views “If we try hard and put our all effort than we can make a living in our own country we don’t have to go abroad for employment”.

Kshetra is an energetic, motivated youth who aims to do something and make a difference by staying in his own country. Kshetra has cultivated vegetables, fruits and other cash crops such as Lemons, Oranges, Tangerines, Coffee, Cardamom, Pauluniya, Buddhachite, Rudrakshya and other important plants. Kshetra says “If we use appropriate technology and the modern method of agriculture we can upgrade our daily lifestyle and society can also get a source of income from agriculture activities and peoples don’t have to fly abroad to make a living”.

Before the massive earthquake Kshetra was actively involved in agricultural activities. After the earthquake Kshetra house was fully damaged. But still he did not give up and continued his work to support his daily lifestyle. Kshetra wasn’t expecting any support from any organizations but still had planned to work in coordination with District Agriculture Office (DAO). Kshetra was very thankful and happy to get support in the form of agricultural inputs (Seeds, Plastic Tunnel, Spray Machine, Pesticides) and appropriate technology (Sprinkle, Pipes, Watering Jug, Scissor) from Nepal Trust (NT) to continue his agricultural activities. Kshetra adds “I have felt the difference in the working method because earlier I was unaware of the new appropriate technology which ease up the work with less time”. He wishes to work in proper coordination with NGO’s and government organization.

Kshetra advice all the skilled and educated youths to do all that they can do in their own country rather than going abroad. Likewise, he mentioned they can engage themselves in agricultural sector and promote organic vegetables.

After facing a lot of hardship in abroad, Kshetra mentions if every individuals have interest and the will power to do something than with the undying spirit a youth can make a change in the society.In order to stop youths from going abroad, there should be a definite reason that motivates them to stay back and engage themselves in the income generating activities. Due to youths going abroad and only the old people being left behind there is no hope for the development in the society. Finally, people like Kshetra and other farmers must be supported by different NGOs and Nepal government in order to motivate them to move forward in their sector.

 Kshetra knows that there is no substitute for hard work but he needs the support and help to move his vision forward. He is taking advantage of the support provided by the Nepal Trust and other organisations and encouraging others to do the same. 

The Nepal Trust has moved on from its emergency relief work and is now concentrating on an earthquake recovery programme and livelihood support. The work involves on-farm support to provide training in improved agricultural and horticultural techniques; improved tools and equipment; better access to agro-vets and trade information and the support for the development of farming cooperatives. The Trust is providing revolving funds for marginalised (Dalit and landless) people to establish alternative livelihoods. Socio-economic infrastructures are being developed to provide small scale irrigation projects, a market collection centre and a seed storage centre. Links with agricultural and livestock services are being improved along with exposure of cooperatives and farmer groups to the regional and national market. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is looking at awareness training and vulnerability mapping and the formation of local groups to provide safety and evacuation drills.

Our bricklayer/stonemason training is now completed and a number of newly skilled masons are now helping to rebuild their communities. They now have useful skills and an income that will benefit not only themselves but the wider community for a brighter future.

However, problems continue and the current monsoon has created fresh landslides on the fragile mountain slopes blocking roads and trails and disturbing water supplies. A recently completed water/irrigation system in Syaule village has had to be relocated because the water source suddenly dried up. A new source has been identified and the pipes are being moved from the old site.

Our school building programme is about to start after long delays due to government administration (7 months). Tarkeyang school will start very shortly and allow the children to move from their temporary learning centres (TLC). 

Good progress is being made but there is much to do. Of course, nothing could happen without the support of GlobalGiving and our many donors and we and the people of Sindalpalchowk are most grateful. We hope you can continue to help. Let us all support Kshetra's vision!

Bricklayer/stonemason qualification -1
Bricklayer/stonemason qualification -1
Qualification - 2
Qualification - 2
 
   

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