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.
Jan 9, 2017

There is now light at the end of the tunnel.

Goraknath School under construction
Goraknath School under construction

Good progress is now being made and there are now clear signs of improvement everywhere. Government bureaucracy has delayed starts, but for good reason, to ensure that new public buildings confirm to earthquake resileance standards. After such a devastating earthquake the workload facing government and its officials was overwhelming. The important issue was to try and ensure that such a disaster can never happen again on such a scale.

The Nepal Trust is pleased to announce that The Goraknath Primary school in Tarkegjang village Helambu is now well under construction. Winter has arrived and, at this elevation, conditions can be quite severe so work has slowed down a bit but all is still on schedule. Foundations are in place and most of the reinforced concrete pillars have been erected. The new school will be fully compliant with all government earthquake resileance regulations. For now the children continue their education in the Temporary Learning Centres erected very soon after the disaster so the children have not had to suffer much of a disruption from their normal education.

The Kiul irrigation scheme is now complete and providing clean water for over 1200 people. Its other prime purpose is to provide a steady supply of irrigation water for farm crops and ensure that agricultural production can get back to normality and provide food and income and a healthy, wealthier future.

As the weather improves work will speed up and by our next report we should really see some light at the end of the tunnel!

Thank you to all our supporters for all your contributions to this project. It is slowly turning around the lives of these devastated mountain people who had little to start with and have even less now. You are helping them to climb that ladder to a better life but it is always the first rung that is the most difficult. We hope you can tell your friends about us and maybe encourage them to give their support.

A belated Merry Christmas to you and all the very best for 2017.

Goraknath school - foundations
Goraknath school - foundations
Kiul Irrigation Tank under construction
Kiul Irrigation Tank under construction
Kiul Irrigation Tank ready
Kiul Irrigation Tank ready
Villagers preparing irrigation channels
Villagers preparing irrigation channels
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
 
   

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