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
Farmer Training
Farmer Training

The massive earthquake of two years ago which destroyed so many lives and livelihoods is almost a distant memory to many of us. Not so for the unfortunate villagers of the Nepal Himalayas who still have to bear the consequences of this devastation as they struggle to get back to some sort of normality. The Nepal Trust is concentrating its efforts on education and infrastructural repairs to get the communities back to as normal a way of life as possible. This also includes focussing on agricultural support. Agriculture is the predominant way of life in these villages and provides an essential source of healthy food and much needed income from the sale of their products.

Our most recent programme, last month, was the training of 8 farmers from each of Chautara, Sipapokhare, Syuale,Helambu, Kunchok and Nawalpur VDCs. This training programme was carried out over a period of 6 days by approved trainers from the District Agriculture Development Office (DADO). Training involved learning new and improved agricultural techniques and vegetable growing.

We continue to supply veterinary services to help improve farm stock and raise the general level of knowledge of healthy farm animals. Three day veterinary check-ups were recently carried out in Kunchock, Nawalpur, Sipapokhare and Syaule VDCs.

Water and irrigation are essentials for life and for farmers. We are currently constructing a new irrigation scheme in Padera village, Sipapokhare VDC. The local community are enthusiastically working together to complete this project which will benefit 55 households and over 300 people.

Thank you so much for your support and we hope you will continue to help. Perhaps you can speak to your friends and colleagues about what we are doing and encourage them to help also. The destruction by the earthquake was massive and will take a long time to restore life to how it was. Imagine!

If you would like to donate, GlobalGiving are matching all donations up to 50% from April 25. This is an excellent chance to maximise your gift and make it go much further. 

Greenhouse production
Greenhouse production
Veterinary medicines
Veterinary medicines
3-day veterinary check-up
3-day veterinary check-up
Irrigation construction
Irrigation construction
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Goraknath School under construction
Goraknath School under construction

Good progress is now being made and there are now clear signs of improvement everywhere. Government bureaucracy has delayed starts, but for good reason, to ensure that new public buildings confirm to earthquake resileance standards. After such a devastating earthquake the workload facing government and its officials was overwhelming. The important issue was to try and ensure that such a disaster can never happen again on such a scale.

The Nepal Trust is pleased to announce that The Goraknath Primary school in Tarkegjang village Helambu is now well under construction. Winter has arrived and, at this elevation, conditions can be quite severe so work has slowed down a bit but all is still on schedule. Foundations are in place and most of the reinforced concrete pillars have been erected. The new school will be fully compliant with all government earthquake resileance regulations. For now the children continue their education in the Temporary Learning Centres erected very soon after the disaster so the children have not had to suffer much of a disruption from their normal education.

The Kiul irrigation scheme is now complete and providing clean water for over 1200 people. Its other prime purpose is to provide a steady supply of irrigation water for farm crops and ensure that agricultural production can get back to normality and provide food and income and a healthy, wealthier future.

As the weather improves work will speed up and by our next report we should really see some light at the end of the tunnel!

Thank you to all our supporters for all your contributions to this project. It is slowly turning around the lives of these devastated mountain people who had little to start with and have even less now. You are helping them to climb that ladder to a better life but it is always the first rung that is the most difficult. We hope you can tell your friends about us and maybe encourage them to give their support.

A belated Merry Christmas to you and all the very best for 2017.

Goraknath school - foundations
Goraknath school - foundations
Kiul Irrigation Tank under construction
Kiul Irrigation Tank under construction
Kiul Irrigation Tank ready
Kiul Irrigation Tank ready
Villagers preparing irrigation channels
Villagers preparing irrigation channels
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UK donors and water user committee - Kiul VDC
UK donors and water user committee - Kiul VDC

Government bureaucracy slows progress in this remote country. Fortunately local people are anxious to get some semblance of their original lives back as quickly as possible and are prepared to work hard to achieve this. Community participation is a key element in all that the Nepal Trust is trying to achieve.

We are happy to report that construction of the new school in Tarkegjang village, Helambu VDC has started and we hope to report rapid progress over the next few months. Progress and photos will be published in later reports.

A new water and irrigation supply system is under construction in Kiul VDC which will benefit up to 1500 people. The project was visited very recently by UK and Dutch donors who were very pleased with what they saw.

Many schools in the same VDC were destroyed in the earthquake and the Nepal Trust will provide temporary repairs to the school in Kiul, using GG and other funds, to get the children back to a safe environment for their studies. We are currently looking for a suitable and safe site to build a completely new school constructed to earthquake proof standards.

Rotarians from the UK have visited project sites in Sindalpulchowk that they helped to fund. These included water/irrigation schemes and electricity repairs. They left very happy and impressed with what they had seen.

The Trust will continue to focus on education and infrastructure development. This puts the support systems back in place so that local businesses can recover more quickly. Jobs and livelihoods are important for the local economy and the health of the communities.

We will continue to report progress and let you know what is being achieved. The earthquake seems a long while ago, and has been overtaken by other disasters around the world, but it is still very relevant to many thousands of hill people living close to the breadline. Thank you so much for all your support and we hope you will continue to support our work which is making a difference and getting life back to some normality.

Happy Dasain. 

A new water supply system - Kiul VDC
A new water supply system - Kiul VDC
Kiul school to be repaired
Kiul school to be repaired
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Community participation
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Kshetra
Kshetra

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:

“GROWING HOPES IN NAWALPUR VDC – Kshetra ”

BENEFICIARY DETAILS:

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
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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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