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.
Nov 23, 2016

Local Initiatives are the way forward.

Kermi Village MHP
Kermi Village MHP

In our previous report we spoke about working with  a local organisation to develop and manage the new Renewable Energy Service Centre currently being built in Simikot in the district of Humla, north west Nepal. The organisation, Local Initiative Development Consultancy Agency (LIDS), is based in Simikot and provides training and consultancy services in capacity building and appropriate technology transfer to grassroot organisations through facilitation and community mobilisation. LIDS have helped to develop the Service Centre idea and put together a project plan.

For the foreseeable future the Nepal Trust will retain full ownership of the project but the intention is to gradually hand-over more responsibility for its operation to LIDS who can draw on the technical expertise to operate such an enterprise. This is clearly part of LIDS function to work and support local initiatives for the benefit of marginalised and excluded groups of people. The district of Humla is Nepal's remotest and most impoverished district and falls in to these latter categories.

The Service Centre is nearing completion but still requires additional funding to purchase equipment to complete the fitting out. The building itself and all services are now in place.

Humla is never likely to be connected to a national electricity grid due to its remoteness. Sources of renewable energy, such as hydro and solar, are the way forward and new iniatives are being established on a frequent basis. Qualified technical staff are required to manage, maintain and repair these structures and that is why it is extremely important that we get this new Service Centre facility up and running as soon as possible.

The Nepal Trust works in a number of other project areas including health. We have now started to introduce solar powered vaccine fridges to our more remote health clinics. It is, therefore, very important that that we have the new facility and the expertise readily available if anything goes wrong.

Many thanks to our donors who have supported this very important project. We hope you will continue to support us and tell your friends about us. Just imagine life without electricity!

Thank you.

Chyaduk Village MHP
Chyaduk Village MHP
Chyaduk Power House and distribution line
Chyaduk Power House and distribution line
Kermi MHP Power House
Kermi MHP Power House
Meeting with LIDS
Meeting with LIDS
Installing Solar Lamps in teashops
Installing Solar Lamps in teashops
Nov 11, 2016

Home Visits

Mother and child home visit
Mother and child home visit

These days, in the UK, doctors and other medical support will only visit you in the direst of emergencies. It is relatively easy to get to a local health centre or A & E if you feel unwell. In the Hidden Himalayas this is often not an option and the nearest functioning health clinic may be hours, or even, days walk a way. A decent hospital may not exist or be at the end of an expensive flight.

Despite these difficulties the hardiness and resilience of the inhabitants is remarkable and they will put up with real hardship to reach their nearest health centre. However, this is not an option for some and a home vist by one of our health workers is essential. Our local staff include home visits in their daily routine even though they may have to walk for hours! Such is life in the Hidden Himalayas.

Fitting out of our Yari Health Post and Birthing Centre is near completion. Furniture and equipment is almost in place. The ANM health worker, recruited locally, has been supporting at one of our other clinics to build up knowledge and support and is now ready to take charge of her own clinic.

One of our oldest clinics at Kermi village is now 16 years old and has done sterling work under the control of the local health worker, a local man from Kermi. The building is now in need of some repair and improvements to properly continue its valuable role in the community. We are now looking for funding to support this initiative. We would welcome any help you can give.

Our Little Doctors programme is a very important health initiative that spreads hygiene and basic health knowledge through the community via children who have been taught at their local school. We have now added a fourth school to our programme. The Shree Him Jyoti Higher Secondary School in south Humla is our latest addition. Each year we can now provide health education to 88 young students who will pass on their new knowledge to their siblings and other family members.

Life continues in this beautiful but remote corner of the world. Your support has made a huge difference as the general health of the population continues to improve and economic opportunities materialize. Thank you so much for all of your help and support. We hope you will continue to support our programme of health and opportunity which brings so much hope to the people of north west Nepal and the Hidden Himalayas.

Sarkegard Health Post
Sarkegard Health Post
Kermi Health Post
Kermi Health Post
Kermi Health Post (2)
Kermi Health Post (2)
Little Doctors at Sarkegard
Little Doctors at Sarkegard
Yari Health Post and Birthing Centre
Yari Health Post and Birthing Centre
Oct 13, 2016

Water is Life.

UK donors and water user committee - Kiul VDC
UK donors and water user committee - Kiul VDC

Government bureaucracy slows progress in this remote country. Fortunately local people are anxious to get some semblance of their original lives back as quickly as possible and are prepared to work hard to achieve this. Community participation is a key element in all that the Nepal Trust is trying to achieve.

We are happy to report that construction of the new school in Tarkegjang village, Helambu VDC has started and we hope to report rapid progress over the next few months. Progress and photos will be published in later reports.

A new water and irrigation supply system is under construction in Kiul VDC which will benefit up to 1500 people. The project was visited very recently by UK and Dutch donors who were very pleased with what they saw.

Many schools in the same VDC were destroyed in the earthquake and the Nepal Trust will provide temporary repairs to the school in Kiul, using GG and other funds, to get the children back to a safe environment for their studies. We are currently looking for a suitable and safe site to build a completely new school constructed to earthquake proof standards.

Rotarians from the UK have visited project sites in Sindalpulchowk that they helped to fund. These included water/irrigation schemes and electricity repairs. They left very happy and impressed with what they had seen.

The Trust will continue to focus on education and infrastructure development. This puts the support systems back in place so that local businesses can recover more quickly. Jobs and livelihoods are important for the local economy and the health of the communities.

We will continue to report progress and let you know what is being achieved. The earthquake seems a long while ago, and has been overtaken by other disasters around the world, but it is still very relevant to many thousands of hill people living close to the breadline. Thank you so much for all your support and we hope you will continue to support our work which is making a difference and getting life back to some normality.

Happy Dasain. 

A new water supply system - Kiul VDC
A new water supply system - Kiul VDC
Kiul school to be repaired
Kiul school to be repaired
Community participation
Community participation
 
   

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