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Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal

by The Nepal Trust
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Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
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Preparing a meal

 

Dear Friends and Supporters.

Since our last report there has been no progress. The Covid19 pandemic was slow to start in Nepal and it did look as though we could begin some of the farming activities to support our 140 farmers. Unfortunately this has not been the case and the country is now in total lock down. The lock down means that we cannot employ technical training staff, veterinary services and agricultural expert training to boost knowledge and production. The government response is limited and very ad hoc. Many farmers have still to receive government permission to farm commercially.

An open border with India and the potential for over 3 million migrant workers to flood back to their homes and villages is leading to huge unemployment and lower incomes. The spread of the virus is likely to get worse.

Covid19 is disrupting major activities particularly in the agriculture and supply chains.It has badly damaged the tourism sector with major shut downs of hotels, restuarants and other tourist related activities. Farming and agriculture are heavily reliant on tourism for income and it will take some time to recover from this calamity. Once we can get going improved techniques and farming practices will help with a more rapid recovery.

The people of Sindupalchowk are still recovering from the earthquake four and a half years a go. Now they are facing another disaster but as they have already proved they have the resileance to fight back and create a better life for themselves through enterprise and hard work.

We still require some funding to complete this project and we hope you will continue to help. Without your support we could never have contemplated helping 140 farmers, their families and the wider agriculture network to hope for a brighter future. Thank you for your support and please share with your wider network.

Namaste

Some improvements.
Some improvements.
A productive poly-house.
A productive poly-house.
Enterprise
Enterprise
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Dear Friends and Supporters.

We are still working hard to put funds in place to support our new focus project that will target 140 farmers by supporting and improving farming and agricutural practices and techniques. Funds are nearly there and we hope to get the project for Livelihood Support off the ground any time now. Our earlier trial projects and have demonstrated the big improvements that can be made through proper support and training. The sooner  these small farmers can become more efficient and productive the sooner they and their families will get back to normal lives. The following is a case study gathered by our field staff as an example of what can be achieved through your support.

Chaulagain of Sipapokhare-2 is 60 years old. He has 9 members in his family. Recently, only 3 members of his family stay in the temporary home. Chaulagain started to get involved in agriculture business since 2061 B.S. Before the massive earthquake; Chaulagain’s economic conditions was good and in a progressing phase. Even he made a tank where he collected water for irrigation use. After the earthquake; Chaulagain is using water pipes for irrigation purpose. The earthquake disrupted his livelihood opportunities. Chaulagain’s family relies heavily on farming.

With the intervention undertaken by ICCO/Act Alliance to recover the livelihood opportunities of 12 farmers from Sipapokhare VDCs of Sindhupalchowk . Nepal Trust (NT) being local implementing partner supported Chaulagain with seeds of cauliflower, tomato, long beans and cabbage, plastic tunnel, spray machine, pesticides, sprinkle, pipes, watering jug, scissors to continue his disrupted livelihood.

Chaulagain received assistance to start plastic tunnel farming. After months of hard work in the farm, his hard effort has finally paid off. His farm now flourishes with cauliflower plants. Chaulagain mentions “Agriculture helps in being independent and improve livelihood”. The initiative is expected to recover the disrupted livelihood of Chaulagain in more improved and productive manner. As for the rest of his crops, they are in the process on production.

Meanwhile our work to completely rebuild the Kalika school (see previous reports) has now been completed and handed over to the education authorities. Last month donors from Rotary International (RI) made a visit to see the finished project and were very impressed. The Trust has built a number of new schools in earthquake prone areas and there is little doubt that many more will be required as the full effect of the earthquake becomes apparent. All are rebuilt to government approved earthquake resistance standards.

All at the Nepal Trust want to thank our supporters and donors for all you have done to help this project and bring fresh hope back in to the lives of these hardworking and resourcful mountain people. There is some light at the end of the tunnel but we all need your continued support to finish the job. We hope you will continue with us and please pass on this news to your friends and colleagues and suggest they might wish to add their support.

Namaste

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Veterinary Services
Veterinary Services

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.

Namaste.

A new irrigation system
A new irrigation system
A healthy crop
A healthy crop
A happy farmer
A happy farmer
Another irrigation system
Another irrigation system
Improved farming methods
Improved farming methods
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Dear Friends and Supporters.

As reported on previously we faced some challenges with the final stages of the construction works at the Kalika school in Nawalparasi, which included the construction of the main building and the toilet block. After many discussions, meetings and negotiations with the Maoist group Biplav, that demanded donations and forced our workers to halt construction, we managed to come to some resolutions, whereby we were able to continue our works. Due to the delays incurred we did have to make some changes in the local work force and also had to call upon the assistance of the local school committee to help us solving the matter.

Despite all this we are pleases to inform you all that the project is now near completion and the construction works have been completed. We now are preparing to get the furniture into the school after which it can be handed over to the school committee so that the teachers and students can use the building soonest. Although some delays have been incurred, we were still able to deliver a much needed project that will help many students to have better access to much needed education.


Although the earthquake happened a few years back, the aftermath of it and the problems faced in many villages is still clearly visible. There are still many schools in the Sindhupalchowk district that are in need of repair or rebuilding. We aim in the upcoming years to have similar projects in this area and hope you are able to support us, as our work is by far not finished.

On a similar note we are preparing for a comprehensive livelihood project in the same area to support approx. 140 farming families in their agricultural activities so they can increase their family income which enables them to rebuilding their lives. We aim to support them in various aspects of this, such as irrigation support, training, vegetable production, equipment and the like. Also for this we still require additional support and we hope you can spread the word as your help and support for these vital projects would be much appreciated.

Thank you for all your help and support to date and we hope we can continue our work with your support to make a bigger impact. Tell your friends and encourage them too.

Namaste

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Kalika school under construction
Kalika school under construction

Dear Friends and Supporters.

The Kalika school rebuilding project is going well and construction of the main building and the toilet block is well advanced. Some politics reared its ugly head when the Maoist group Biplav demanded donations and forced our workers to halt construction or they would create more problems.We are now in discussion with them to solve the matter and we hope to complete the building by this summer.

This is something the Nepal Trust has had to deal with before, particularly during the civil war. However, we was recognised as a trustworthy and reliable organisation and allowed to continue our work. The majority of other agencies and government offices had to pack up and leave.

The havoc and destruction caused by the 2015 earthquake is more widespread than previously thought particularly affecting schools. Over a much wider area many were totally destroyed and a greater number were damaged to the point of being unsafe. The Trust is now working in a number of areas to help rebuild schools and improve education opportunities for the many deprived children in some of the remoter areas.

One such area is the district of Makwanpur southwest of Kathmandu. It is fairly close to the capital and also to the Indian border to the south. Makwanpur is a prime target for human trafficking both within and outwith Nepal. The Safe in School project aims to keep students safe in their school; this involves implementing various child-centered activities at the school. Our assumption is that this will increase school attendance, decrease school dropout rates and motivate students to increase learning achievements. The project concentrates on improving the quality of the school facilities in some of the poorest villages in Makwanpur district, which were also some of the most earthquake affected.By focussing on reducing dropouts and increasing school enrolement we can ultimately keep children out of the hands of traffickers whilst improving their life chances.

Five primary and lower secondary schools attended by 1500 children have been identified for structural improvements. An additional component includes capacity building  that will involve child health education, girls hygiene, improved nutrition, and teacher training.

Your help and support for this vital project would be much appreciated. Children need the building blocks of life to have a sustainable future and we can help them to achieve this. Thank you for all your help and support since this disaster happened but we need much more to make an impact. Tell your friends and encourage them too.

Namaste

School construction
School construction
Kalika - more construction work
Kalika - more construction work
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