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Jul 20, 2016

Kshetra's Vision


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:



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
May 17, 2016

Working with the System.

Barguan. Ms Nabina Lama (ANM)
Barguan. Ms Nabina Lama (ANM)

The Nepal Trust has pioneered health care and knowledge in the remote 'Hidden Himalayas' for over 20 years. We have seen tremendous improvements in not only health but also in the general lives of the villagers of this forgotten region. However, it is important to remember that we will not be there for ever and at some point the local population and the government must take over. It is important, and not practical, not to rush but to take time to ensure that the foundations laid will remain and continue to develop and prosper. Our clinics have been built and developed at the request of the local people through their village health committees. Not all are officially designated government clinics but it is hoped they will be through demand and pressure from the health committees. Where a clinic is officially classified as a government one the Trust has been asked to remain by the committee to run it to ensure efficiency. It is planned that, one day, all our clinics will become part of the government system.

Bargaun Birthing Centre is a good example of a government clinic, built and refurbished by the Trust, which remains under our management at the request of the local health committee. It is linked to the clinic at Torpa, our very first clinic, about an hours walk away. Sarkegad, in south Humla, is a similar example that ensures staff efficiency and broadens availibility to a wider public.

Our latest clinic, Yari Birthing Centre in north Humla, has completed building and equipment and furniture has been ordered for delivery very soon. Meanwhile Community Maternal Health training has begun for 68 women and mothers.

The Little Doctors programme - health education for students - goes from strength to strength. Funding is now in place to run four courses this year. Up to 100 young boys and girls will learn the essentials of good personal hygiene and cleanliness which they can pass on to their families.

Many of our other projects are health related. For example, renewable energy - clean energy - is healthy for the environment and reduces respitory diseases in the home. We have established many micro-hydro and solar energy schemes over the years. To support these schemes we are building a Renewable Energy Service Centre in the district - the first of its kind anywhere in Nepal. The project has yet to be fully funded and we would welcome further support.

We are working on a large water and sanitation project (WASH) at Kaskikot which will eventually provide clean water and sanitation to over 17000 people including many schools and public areas.

Our education portfolio includes Thehe school in the largest Hindu village in Humla. It is now completed and handed over to the education authorities. Our planned projects include schools at Kapilvastu (Lumbini), Bharatpur School for the Deaf (Chitwan) and Lipne (Humla). New schools will be built at Shree Ghorkonath and Shree Reshankyu in Sindalpulchowk as part of our Earthquake response. Work is due to start shortly once government administration has been dealt with.

Agriculture and food security are very important for good health. Our large project in Humla has been extended for another 3 years with our main funder. This will benefit 325 farmers.

As you can see, we are busy! However, I am proud to say that over 20 years every single project we have established is still there and operating - because we are there!

Of course nothing would happen without the support of our donors and volunteers for which we are eternally grateful. Many, many thanks to you all.

Thehe School
Thehe School
Bargaun Health Committee
Bargaun Health Committee

Apr 18, 2016

There is now some room for optimism.

Anna with local children.
Anna with local children.

Nepal Trust director and award winning film maker (Recite Films), Anna McPherson, recently travelled to our earthquake relief area to see for herself the devastation and the efforts being made to improve the lives of these remote, but very proud, people. Anna returned just a few days a go and is preparing to put together short films and documentaries of what she has witnessed. These will published on our GlobalGiving page in due course. Here is a short report of her initial observations.

'Since the earthquake in Nepal, almost a year ago, much of the indigenous mountain people in the hard hit area of Sindhupalchowk are still living in temporary housing made up of clay mud and corrugated iron sheets.

The NT are now engaged in recovery projects, including income generation initiatives, in support of those affected by the earthquake. Realising the rebuilding effort may take years, the NT recognised a need to support people in creating a sustainable way to make a living. These initiatives include; the distribution of seeds such as: cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes and long beans to farmers; many livestock were killed or injured during the earthquake and the NT organised for veterinary services in very remote areas. The vets will educate the agricultural farmers in tending to their livestock and looking out for health problems and identifying treatments.

Another initiative has been support for irrigation to farmers and providing water tanks for drinking and washing water to remote communities as their water source had either dried up or moved since the earthquake. One community recently visited stated that prior to receiving the water tank provided by the NT, they had to walk 4 hours to source water.

The NT have provided metal electricity poles to communities, bringing electricity to their temporary homes, as many of the wooden poles had collapsed. The distribution of GI sheets (corrugated iron sheets) has been well received, including a school in the district of Syaule, which has built a Temporary Learning Centre where their school had collapsed.

Another initiative was the distribution of sewing machines to the Dalit caste. Many had lost their sewing machines in the earthquake, or they have been damaged. One seamstress that we visited, said that many people in her community didn't have money and so they would rely on a bartering system. She would sew and mend clothes in return for rice and other food stuffs.

After the recent field visit, it's still quite shocking to see the devastation of rubble laying around and still not having been tended to.  Ruins of once busy tea houses for trekkers. Whilst visiting Tarkeyghyang a once very busy guest house had been shaken to the ground. The owners have built a temporary accommodation and stated that prior to the
earthquake they would receive between 500 - 600 tourists in season. Now, they are lucky if they receive between 16 - 20. These people are highly dependent on tourism and the more support we can provide, the quicker they can get back on their feet and carry on providing a much needed service for tourism in this still beautiful country.'

Anna's brief report clearly demonstrates the huge task ahead for the relief agencies but the problems are not insurmountable and the hill people are very resillient. We need your support to continue the work started. Your help in the past has been brilliant and we could have done nothing without it. So we hope you can continue to support us. An excellent opportunity is about to arise when GlobalGiving will be matching donations to our appeal page, to the tune of 100%! Your donation will double! The campaign starts on April 25th at 0900hrs EDT or 1400hrs BST. It is advisable to get in quickly as matching funds can also go quickly.

Thank you for all your help and support and I hope you can help again this one time.

NT manager Anu Lama and Anna filming village elder
NT manager Anu Lama and Anna filming village elder
A local farmer.
A local farmer.
Produce almost ready for picking.
Produce almost ready for picking.
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