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Jan 27, 2020

Now for the next challenge.

Muchu Hostel and Karnali river
Muchu Hostel and Karnali river

Dear Friends and Supporters

It is time for us to move on to our next school challenge. We have completed our project agreement with the government. This includes improvements to the school hostel at Muchu to cater for an expanding student population, the construction of more classrooms and the renovation and expansion of a satelite school at Challa village. The population at Muchu and surrounding villages are now well catered for education facilities under the control and guidance of the government.

The Nepal Trust will never be far away and will respond to any issues, concerns or worries that occur.

This will be our final report from Muchu but you may well hear more in the future. We are currently in discussion with the government and donors to establish a new project to expand and improve a number of existing schools throughout Humla. Fifteen schools have been identified. A similar project is at an early proposal stage to launch something similar in our other main target area of Sindupalchowk. We will keep you informed as things develop and I hope to launch a new project on our GlobalGiving platform as soon as all details are tidied up.

We are very grateful to you for your help and support in funding and completing this vital project. Education is so important in these remote and deficient areas and it is so vital if children are to have any future.

Please stay in touch and tell your friends about our vital work. We need to keep you with us!

Namaste

Hostel extension
Hostel extension
Muchu school new classrooms
Muchu school new classrooms
Challa old school
Challa old school
Challa new school
Challa new school
Challa new school (2)
Challa new school (2)
Jan 27, 2020

First installations.

Solar Fridge.
Solar Fridge.

Dear friends and supporters.

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.

Namaste.

Solar Panels.
Solar Panels.
Solar Panels (2)
Solar Panels (2)
A new Birthing Centre
A new Birthing Centre
Wiring new Birthing Centre
Wiring new Birthing Centre
Wiring.
Wiring.
Jan 13, 2020

The 3 Clinics project

Ackowledgement
Ackowledgement

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.

Namaste.

Health committee, clinic and NT staff
Health committee, clinic and NT staff
Maspur Birthing Centre
Maspur Birthing Centre
A patient
A patient
Piplang Birthing Centre
Piplang Birthing Centre
Piplang dispensary
Piplang dispensary
 
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