Volunteer dentist operating on the trail.
In September ten volunteers, from Yorkshire and Somerset, trekked for 14 days to help construct our latest clinic at the village of Bargaon. Daytime temperatures were extremely hot and the trails were difficult due to the increase in pony and sheep caravans resulting from new bridge reconstruction after the devastations of the recent civil war.
On the way they were able to inspect the clinic at Sarkegad and were very pleased with what they saw. The clinic is jointly operated with the government and our health worker provides emergency and weekend care. On an average day the clinic will see about 40 patients but during the monsoon this can climb to as many as 100 per day.
Two dentists on the trek treated a total of 75 patients.
On arrival at Bargaon the group was able to contribute to the building operations and by the time they left the walls were up to roof level and all windows were in place. The building should be wind and water tight by the winter and ready for completion in the spring. This clinic will be the first dedicated Birthing Centre in Humla and will give pregnant mothers a safe and clean place to give birth to their babies compared to traditional practices.
The Nepal Trust intends to expand this initiative throughout Humla over the coming years. In 2014 we are building Birthing Centres in Sarkegad and in the village of Yari further north towards the Tibetan border. We still need to source funding for these projects and would welcome any help or advice our friends and supporters can give.
Earlier this year Recite Films of Scotland made a documentary, free of charge, about the work of the Nepal Trust. This film explains in some detail the varied work we are involved in and how we adopt an integrated approach to help improve the living standards and quality of life of some of the poorest people on the planet living on the edge in the Hidden Himalayas. The Trust is excited to announce that this film has recently been voted the top documentary award at the recent Institute of Videography Awards ceremony in Manchester. To view this film visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oejHREw2NYY&feature=youtu.be
Finally, everyone at the Nepal Trust would like to wish all our friends and supporters all the very best for the festive season and for the coming new year 2013. We hope that, along with our own wishes, the new year will bring 'hope and opportunity' to you all.
With best wishes.
Simikot - Administrative HQ for Humla.
Newly blacktopped airstrip in Simikot! Luxury!