I am very happy to report that our operations partner - LIDS - is now up and running at our new Renewable Energy Service Centre in Simikot. This is a major achievement and the start of a new dawn in Humla, officially the remotest and most deprived district in Nepal. The only district still to get a road connection to the outside world - imagine!
The establishment of a high tech operation in such a remote area opens up opportunities for the economy and provides hope for the future. Perhaps it will help to stem the flow of young people to the cities.
One of LIDs first tasks was to install solar power to three new Health/Birthing clinics in south Humla. This is a health project completed by the Nepal Trust and handed over to the District Health Officer as part of the government health system. Each clinic is fully electrified including the installation of solar fridges for the storage of vaccines - a totally new service not available before and a modern life-saver.
The Service Centre in Humla is unique in Nepal and an example of how clean modern technology can help to transform rural economies. Time will tell but the Trust is committed to this project for some time yet to ensure it develops solid foundations and a bright future.
Thank you to you all who have stayed with this project and helped in many ways. We really value your support and hope you will continue to help when you can. Please get your friends involved. We would love to hear from you with your ideas and suggestions on how we could further develop this project to help bring maximum economic benefits to this most remote and impoverished part of the planet.
Solar Panels (2)
A new Birthing Centre
Wiring new Birthing Centre
Jan 13, 2020
The 3 Clinics project
By Tony Sharpe - Project Leader
Dear Friends and Supporters.
Back in 2017 we had initial discussions with the Humla District Health Officer (DHO) about the possibility of providing health services to south Humla with the provision of improved health clinics. South Humla is very remote and many days walk north or south to functioning health clinics and other services. Impossible for many.
After much discussion with the DHO and village health committees it was agreed that the Trust would build new clinics at three locations in the southern half of Humla to maximise health delivery and improve efficiency. Sites were chosen in the villages of Maspur, Tumcha and Piplang. These three sites cover a population of 12331 villagers of which 41% are children. Each clinic would also be upgraded to Birthing Centres to improve life chances for mothers and babies; something that these remote village people had never had leading to one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.
I am very proud and excited to tell you that these three clinics have now been built and function as part of the government system under the control of the DHO and his staff. Each clinic has a Birthing centre fully equiped, stocked, furnished and managed by fully trained staff. All clinics include toilet and sanitation facilities designed for easy maintenance and a canteen and kitchen block to provide meals for patients and staff. Clean fresh drinking water is on tap and appropriate garbage and waste disposal have been provided.
Solar panels now provide light and power never been seen before in this part of Nepal. Solar powered fridges at each clinic ensure that vaccines can be safely stored.
Each clinic will provide health training programmes that will raise awareness of basic health issues and give simple solutions. This is the approach used in our Little Doctors project which has been very successful.
All of this is a major achievement in a part of the world that it can take days of hard trekking to reach from any direction. It is also a remarkable achievement that our work over 25 years has been fully recognised by the government as a fully functioning contributor to the national health system. This includes not only the 3 Clinics but our other five clinics in central and north Humla too. We will remain for some years yet to monitor and help when necessary through our partner SHIP.
I hope you all feel as proud as I do for this wonderful achievement and many thanks for all your help and support. Without your help we couldn't have done it; simple as that. However we are still there looking to help and support where we can. We will still need your help so please donate if you can. Your friends and colleagues might also be impressed and like to help. Please ask them.
Health committee, clinic and NT staff
Maspur Birthing Centre
Piplang Birthing Centre
Dec 16, 2019
A slight change of direction.
By Tony Sharpe - Project Leader
Dear Friends and Supporters
It is now four and a half years since the horrendous earthquake in Nepal that wrecked so many communities and took thousands of lives. The world has moved on a bit and fresh disasters have taken over the headlines and demand for support. However, it doesn't mean that all the problems and issues have gone away; there is still much to do.
The Nepal Trust has worked hard to improve conditions in the worst hit district of Sindupalchowk first of all providing emergency living accommodation, temporary schools and help to improve economic conditions and get communities back on their feet as quickly as possible. This approach has had a significant impact. Many children are now benefitting from nice shiny new schools. New irrigation systems are providing a healthy water supply and providing much needed water to improved farms.Veterinary services have improved the health of farm stock and the economic health of their owner farmers.
We feel that now is the time to to change focus and plan ahead. The hill people of Nepal are very resileant and with a little bit of help can overcome most things. The government is now providing support for home rebuilding and other infrastructure support. The Trust will focus on economic support for 140 farmers and their families in the Rural Municipalities of Helambu/Kiul, Kunchok, Nawalpur, Sipapokhare and Syaule. We have already demonstrated how this approach is successful where previous help and support has generated much interest with other farmers who recognise the benefits from new and improved farming systems. We hope to have this new project approach fully up and running in early 2020.
As you are all partners in this project I hope you are in agreement with the proposal and see the advantage of taking a more economic driven approach that will more quickly heal the traumas of the earthquake and bring the hill people back to life again. They will do it with your help!
Thank you so much for getting us to this point; we couldn't have done it without you. Please stay with us and consider further support. Tell your friends and encourage them to. Many, many thanks.