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 24, 2015

Relief and progress

A new sewing machine
A new sewing machine

Getting about in Sindalpalchowk is always difficult but the earthquake, followed by a monsoon on already unstable ground, makes it almost impossible to deliver large and bulky items. Roads are still closed and it will be a few weeks before most are reopened. Our GG funded project in Tarkegyang is affected like this but we expect the road to be opened soon to lorries so we can move ahead with the project. However, we have not been sitting around and have focussed on other villages to get urgent supplies and materials in. Two Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs) have been constructed in Kunchok VDC which has enabled children to get back to school as quickly as possible

Farmers have been supported in many ways. Fresh seed supplies, tunnel plastics, sprayers, pesticides, cultivation equipment, etc, have been supplied to many farmers to get them quickly back to what they do best. The Trust has also supplied veterinary support services to check farm animals and provide vaccinations and medicines.

Under government certified training schemes we have provided skills training for 8 stonemasons to learn earthquake resilience building methods. This will provide an established qualification for future income generation activities. Likewise we have provided a number of sewing machines to skilled operators so they can also start to earn a living again.

A new project to repair a road and electricity supply to a remote village is currently at the planning stage. A major project funded by GG to rebuild the Shree Gorkhana Primary school in Helambu VDC will get underway early in 2016 once the winter snows have cleared. All plans are prepared and ready to go.

Many thanks to all our supporters, particularly to GG, for all your help with this tragic disaster. The need will go on for years so if you can continue to help we would be very grateful. The people affected by this tragedy are very resillient and all they require is a small lift to restart their lives.

Farmer support
Farmer support
Temporary Learning Centre
Temporary Learning Centre
Stonemason training
Stonemason training
Veterinary services
Veterinary services
Appreciation Letter
Appreciation Letter

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Nov 24, 2015

Building Healthier Communities

Yari Birthing Centre nearing completion
Yari Birthing Centre nearing completion

Building anything in the 'Hidden Himalayas' is no easy task. Its remoteness and lack of roads makes progress a slow business often compounded by monsoon rains and harsh winters. However, the local communities have drive and ambition to improve their lives and are willing to work hard towards that end. All infrastructure projects implemented by the Nepal Trust require a certain level of committment by the local communities so they have a feeling of pride and ownership. As well as financial inputs they may be required to dig trenches, build walls, collect stone and timber but they do this willingly and with gusto.

Our most recent health project involves the construction of three strategically positioned Birthing Centres to give women a safe place to get help, advice and clean facilities to give birth to their babies. This has never been available before and mothers have often had to give birth in outhouses and other unsafe places.

The two Centres at Bargaun and Sarkegad are both up and running successfully. A Community awareness programme has started at Sarkegad to inform villagers about natal and baby care and how the new Birthing centre can benefit them.

The third Centre at Yari in north Humla is well under way. The building is nearing completion and fitting out will start very soon. Staff have been recruited and are, meanwhile, working in other clinics to build local knowledge and experience.

Elsewhere, water, sanitation and health (WASH) posters have been printed and distributed to local schools. This is complementary to our Little Doctors programme (LD) and will ensure that all pupils receive some education and training about basic hygiene and health care. Three LD courses have been successfully delivered in 2015 in the villages of Simikot, Bargaun and Yalbang.

Thank you to all our supporters for everything you do to help our cause. Nothing can be done without you and you are an integral part of the vision of a healthy and prosperous life in the remote 'Hidden Himalayas'. Please pass your encouragement to others.  

Yari Birthing Centre building work
Yari Birthing Centre building work
Yari Birthing Centre
Yari Birthing Centre
Yari Birthing Centre
Yari Birthing Centre
Aug 24, 2015

A better start in life.

A new patient.
A new patient.

Although Humla and the Hidden Himalayas escaped the worst of the recent devastating earthquake concerns remain and local people remain vigilant. Tremors occur and there is a strong belief that the next 'big one' will be in the west.

However, life must go on as people go about their daily business and domestic chores. Slowly, but surely, life is improving in this remote corner of the world and the Nepal Trust has contributed to this in no small way. Its health programmes linked to renewable energy initiatives, income generation, agricultural improvements and education are having a considerable impact by raising general health and living standards.

For the very first time pregnant mothers have clean and qualified facilities for giving birth under safe conditions. Our new Birthing Centre initiative is now functioning with qualified staff.

Bargaun: A new ANM (Aux Nurse Midwife), Mrs Nabina Lama is now working in the centre alongside Healthworker Yangzum Lama. The Centre is fully functioning and the local health committee will hold an inauguration ceremony later this year - no doubt with great festivity.

Sarkegad: The new Birthing Centre is now complete and the adjoining health clinic fully renovated. A water supply has been restored and installed. It is hoped that the Centre will be operational by next month when a new ANM is recruited.

Yari: Local building materials (wood, stone,etc) have been collected. Foundations will be laid soon and, hopefully, building work will be completed by the end of 2015. A health assistant (Mrs Jigme Doma Lama) has been recruited. Currently she is assisting at our Yalbang clinic to develop more knowledge and skills. More staff will be recruited when the Centre is ready to open its doors.

Our Little Doctors Health programme for young students goes from strength to strength. This health education initiative teaches young students (10-15 years) the basics of good personal health care, domestic issues and family planning. The students pass their knowledge on to parents, siblings and other family members to eventually remove some traditional beliefs and improve general health practices. This year we have supported 3 programmes in Simikot, Bargaun and Yalbang involving a total of 66 students.

Attached to this report is our latest newsletter Namaste. Although this issue heavily features our involvement in earthquake relief it also updates our other work in health and education.

Thank you all for your support for our work. We could do little without your help. We hope you can continue to provide support and please let your friends and colleagues know about us.

With our best wishes. Namaste!

A Little Doctors class.
A Little Doctors class.
Receiving course materials.
Receiving course materials.

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