Newly Constructed Bhirsingh Community Health Unit handed over in Gorkha

On 19th February 2021 ACN has handed over the newly constructed Bhirsingh Community Health Unit building with the essential medicine, equipment, and furniture to the local health post, Siranchowk Rural Municipality, and community in Gorkha district.

The building has been jointly inaugurated by Chief Guest Mr. Ashok Kumar Gurung, (Chief, Office of the District Coordination Committee), Mr. Raju Gurung (Chairman of Siranchowk RM), Ps. Hari Ram Ghimire (Chairman of Pokhara Christian Community and Mr. Bharat Bahadur Gurung (Chairman of Asal Chhimekee Nepal) in the presence of other government officials and representatives, ACN Executive Board members and Executive Director and community people.

Immediately after the Inaugural and Handover of the building, Bhirsingh Community Health Unit commenced health service with checking blood pressure of the Chief Guest and other local community people which was very great to see. 

All the villagers and local stakeholders are very grateful to ACN for providing basic health service in their own place. From now they do not have to walk hours to reach the distance health post for a very basic health facility. This newly constructed Bhirsingh Community Health Unit will benefit approximately 170 households in Siranchowk Rural Muncipality-1, Kerabari, Gorkha.

We would like to thank our funding partners and Siranchowk Rural Municipality for their support and cooperation in this construction project. ,

Food and warm clothes support to 170 Families

On 22 January 2021, ACN has provided food and warm cloth packages to 170 poor Chepang (a marginalized ethnic group) families in Raksirang Rural Municipality, Makwanpur district in cooperation with the local government.

The Chepang community is known as a marginalized ethnic group in Nepal and this most vulnerable marginalized ethnic group also got an impact of COVID-19 lockdown.

Raksirang is a village located in the north of the East-West highway. Most Chepang families of Raksirang collect wild potatoes and honey etc. They also do maize and millet farming and they do fishing and collect and sell sand of a nearby river seasonally.

This Chepang community has one of the lowest literacy rates and lack of access to basic public services such as drinking water, electricity, education, and health care. In this context, the COVID-19 lockdown had an impact on this vulnerable marginalized community. Due to their characteristic of socio-economic and cultural settings they cannot be left out from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Therefore local government of Raksirang village requested to ACN for support to poor Chepang families of Raksirang. As per the need assessment, we (ACN) has been able to support 170 poor Chepang families in ward no 2 & 5 of Raksirang Rural Municipality. 

Each family received food packages including 25 kg of rice, 3 kg of lentil, 2 kg of beans, 1 kg of salt, 2 liters of oil, 2 pcs of cloth washing soap, 2 pcs of handwashing soap, 4 pcs of toothbrushes, and toothpaste. In addition, each family received warm cloth packages including 2 blankets, a muffler (Dhaka Shawl), and a cap. 

Thanks to our funding partners and Raksirang Rural Municipality for their cooperation and support.