Children WASH Camp was conducted by Asal Chhimekee Nepal on 29th May 2017 at Bardhaghat, Nawalparasi. The main objective of the WASH Camp was to improve the children health by teaching them about personal hygiene. Teaching them about having good personal hygiene practices leads to having a healthy life as well. The information and communication of the program were done with 4 of the local churches and church leaders from Bhadipidit –Tole, Bardhagat, Nawalparasi as well our self-help groups; many of them respectively responded positively to attend the program. During Children WASH Camp: health teaching, creative drawing of personal hygiene posters, practically demonstrating about brushing teeth, combing hair, bathing, cutting nails and how to clean our wound etc were used as methodologies to understand by the children. To engage them volunteers have done some singing and told stories. There were 412 numbers of children altogether (237 female and 175 male).
Altogether 5 health posts in Gorkha were handed over to the communities in the recent days. Shreenathkot health post, Ghairung health post, Ghayalchowk health post, Bhumlichowk health post and Amppipal health posts were handed over respectively.
ACN has been taking its initiatives in rebuilding of health posts in Gorkha after the Earthquake in 2015. These health posts have been built in accordance with the government guidelines. ACN has also handed over multiple health posts in the district.
Along with the health post buildings, ACN also provided with free pharmaceutical supplies for three months alongside other medical equipment and furniture.
Government representatives, journalists, PCC members, ACN staff and volunteer were present during the handover programmes.
The ceremony started with a prayer and graduated towards welcoming and honoring of the chief guests. The chief guests included the teacher of the training, an elderly person from the church, ACN board members, the associate pastors of the church and director of ACN, Mr. Rajendra K. Adhikari and the representatives/staff of the Community Empowerment and Livelihood Programme, ACN: Mrs. Roshini Gurung Tiwari and Mrs. Tabita Lewion.
The participants shared about their experience and what they gained from the 4 months of learning period from the training. Along with that they also shared about how they’ve been bringing every little skill that they learned to use by sewing uniforms and other clothes for their children. Some of them also encouraged the others by sharing how they even earned about Rs.1500-3000 from the tailoring skills they acquired
“Initially we were quite ignorant about all of these and most of us were very introvert. We lacked proper and effective communication skills. We weren’t able to face mass. But as we gradually went on with the training phase, we got to learn much from our teacher who turned out to very cooperative and kind to each one of us. We came to know about the importance of team work and unity. We realized that such skills are inevitable for women like us, especially for our empowerment. Now that we have officially completed our course we are confident that we’ll bring whatever we learnt to good implementation. We are full heartedly grateful towards ACN for making it possible for us and we’re also thankful towards our teacher who patiently guided us.”
Collectively the participants shared about what they learnt and also extended their gratefulness towards ACN for granting them the opportunity to attend such an useful and skill-oriented training.
Along with the participants, almost everyone seated in the honorary panel were given certain time to speak a few word of inspiration and congratulations.
Here is a gallery from the event.
Kaskikot, Kaski, Nepal
15 th of May, It was a cold, dark and unpredictably foggy here in Kaski. Staff and volunteers from Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) and District Public Health Office (DPHO) gathered early in the morning at the ACN premises, Bagar, Simpani. Everything and everyone was set to leave for the “Women’s Health Camp” organized for the women in Kaskikot VDC. The planning and making of the structure for the program were done considering the availability, willingness and needs of the local women. Along with that, mobilizing the local self- help groups was also one of the motives.
166 women from the local community were benefited from the camp. Here is a short video of the event.
12 Feb, 2016
ACN celebrated its second annual Social Audit in Pokhara. Clients from Gorkha, Nawalparasi, and Kaski along with Government officials, Village Secretaries, political-party leaders, and beneficiary representatives of those places where we have been were present. Media, organisations and many other stakeholders were also present. It was wonderful to have Helen and Fred from INF UK to present in the meeting representing donors along with Dr. Julie.
Clients from Nawalparashi had traveled early in the morning to reach the venue. Everybody was excited and the feedback from Government Officials were positive.
Asal Chhimekee Nepal is one of the first organizations in Pokhara to conduct social audit programme. This promotes social responsibility, good governance and organic community relation.
Here are some of the pictures from the programme.
In the village of Bharpak, the epicenter of last year’s earthquake, people are slowly starting to rebuild their lives. Almost every house in this village was destroyed, but day by day remnants from the broken houses are being salvaged and tin is replacing tarpaulins and tents. However winter has hit hard and with an altitude of 2260 meters, for those who are still in tents or even those living under tin, it’s very cold. On Sunday PCC/ACN with support from INF, distributed blankets, beanies, shawls and jackets in Bharpak. At the request of local government authorities, 1457 households received a bundle which will help keen their family warm and cozy. There are around 25 households who were missed out to make identity cards will be covered on the next trip to Gumda as it was requested by the village leaders.
From midday till midnight last Saturday, young people from local churches were helping with packing the supplies into bundles and then onto the trucks. The team of ACN and INF staff along with church pastors and young people, traveled together with trucks of supplies to Bharpak on Sunday. The local people welcomed the group and were very grateful for the practical help. Every person who received one of the bundles had a story to tell of their experience of the earthquake and how they have been surviving since.
As well as the practical help PCC/ACN were able to offer, the local church pastor said that he was especially grateful that churches in Pokhara were showing such concern for the people of Bharpak. He said it demonstrated to the whole community that churches are willing to care for those around them. He said it was an example of being salt and light as Jesus has commanded.
Yesterday and today the young people from
Pokhara churches and the staff of ACN have been packing again. Two big trucks along with one of INFN left early morning at 3 pm to Gorkha with 14 staff and volunteers to help. There were 6 4×4 wheeler trucks waiting in Barhakilo near Gorkha Headquarters to received supplies from those trucks to Gumda. Gumda neighbors Bharpak so was similarly affected by the earthquake, however Gumda is more remote again. Gumda has 645 households (with some extra if obviously there are households who do not have identity cards) and each will receive the same blankets, shawls, beanies and jackets as in Bharpak.
We have prepared the rest of the packs for the next village. WYAM DTS team, volunteers from the churches in Pokhara, staff from RC EKTA Lamachaur helped and worked hard in packaging. As informed by District Government, other organisations have reached Laprak and we will be assigned another village for help and we are waiting to hear about that.
Please pray for the team as they are travelling out again for distribution. Pray for safety as they travel and that the goods they take would be of both practical help and encouragement to those who receive them. And pray for the people of Bharpak, Gumda and other villages nearby. That they would be keep safe through this cold season and that rebuilding work could progress quickly.
SPECIAL THANKS TO
EKTA Books team in Kathmandu specially Mr. RC Timothy, his family and staff team who greatly supported our team to acquire supplies by dealing with the suppliers and arranging payments for the supplies as it was not possible for us due to distance to do so. INF, who helped us by providing staff, vehicles and finance. Brother Christopher who had YWAM DTS international team – he sent them to help in packing supplies. The churches in Pokhara for sending their people to help and they participated in the trip. The generous givers for this project and you all who have been very much part of us in prayers and supporting us in many ways to respond to the needs of people hit by the earthquake and the recent intense cold.
School materials were distributed to around 700 students of Shree Laxmi Higher Secondary and Sailaputri Higher Secondary Schools in Gorkha. The set included school stationery items, bag and sanitary items for girls.
These schools were left out in the first distribution and the District Education Office requested PCC/ACN to help in this. Children and the schools appreciated this support.
There is a little presence of “healthcare” in rural Nepal. Health Posts are the pillars of health services that the government provides in these areas. Most of these facilities were turned into debris by the Earthquake of April,2015.
Shrinathkot is not an exception to this situation. The small facility that the government ran was beside the Village Development Office, both were destroyed. The local government and the community had been coordinating with ACN for the rebuilding of these facilities.
Finally the day came. This November, the foundations of the healthpost were laid in the presence of local governing bodies, the community and staff from ACN.
ACN will be taking the responsibility of the building project for healthpost.
Following is a collection of pictures from the programme
Total household covered during food and non-food distribution was 933 household of around 3000 population benefitted by the distribution scattered at 9 camps and living in temporary shelters from the past 6 months after earthquake hit on 25th April, 2015.
According to the report gathered from survey in the camps, lives of people was miserable and especially newly delivered women, children, old aged people. For the distribution ACN got request letter from affected people and recommended by respective village development committee and District Administration Office.
ACN supported displaced people of earthquake and landslide by providing them food and non-food supplies to save lives from starving by distributing relief materials from 19th to 20th October, 2015 for displaced people at 9 different camps having temporary shelter in Dhading Besi camps living there from past 6 months. PCC/ACN provided rice, lentil, cooking oil, salt, sugar, bitten rice, spices, tea on food items and blankets on non-food items and bath soap, washing soap, toothpaste, comb, nail-cutter, toothbrush, pyush (water guard) and sanitary pad on hygiene and sanitation kits for basic survival.
2 heavy trucks were loaded with the materials and extra medium size 14 trucks were hired for distribution at 9 different camps.
During the distribution a team of 25 members (PCC- 3, World Concern- 3, ACN Staff- 8, Media-2 and Volunteers- 9) were involved in the delivery and distribution of the relief materials for 933 households who were living in 9 different camps (Dhansar Pakha, Daam Gade, Tato Pani, Pokhari Rato Mate, Kusunde Chaur, Tallo Aahale Dhola, Chanpe Danda, Bhuwalpala Dhola and Alche Danda). Next day on 29th October, 2015, distribution team was divided into 3 to 5 members each with one leader to lead the distribution. Relief materials were distributed to each household directly.
The list of materials each household got is listed below:
|S.N||Materials||Unit per HH|
|Bitten Rice||2 kg|
|Tea leaves||1 packet|
The following is a collection of glimpses from the programme
Teachers’ Training on Teaching English and Basic Disaster Risk Reduction Training
7th October, the RC Complex, a popular venue in Pokhara for seminars and trainings, was reverberant with enthusiastic murmurs of a herd of people. But the indistinguishable chatters were not native to the Pokhara’s dialect. In midst of village-style Nepali, one could hear some English sentences followed by friendly chuckles. The day was the finale of three days long training programmes, entitled “Teachers’ Training on Teaching English” and “Basic Disaster Risk Reduction training”.
The trainings were friendly, the trainings were funny, but most of all, it was an emotional moment for everyone. The Participants from 11 schools had 14 english teachers (for teachers’ training) and 21 participants including 10 women (for Risk Reduction Trianing) were all from Shrinathkot, which at this point, we all know was a badly affected region by the Earthquake we saw, a few months ago. May be this was a milestone for everyone who participated; as a point of time where they realized: now, we have crossed the “being a victim” phase and started the “we are rebuilding” phase.
The trainers for “Basic Disaster Risk Reduction Training” were invited from the Red Cross Society Kaski. Mr. Khimraj Sapkota and Hari Bandhu Aryal both were not new to the people of Shrinathkot, as they both had been there during their emergency rescue efforts at the time of earthquake. The training covered important topics like Risk, Vulnerability, Coping capacity, Mitigation, Resilience, Early warning system and rehabilitation.
The trainers for the Teachers’ Training on Teaching English Dr. Arthur and Mrs.Hillary Jones, both with a huge background in teaching English, explained how this was going to help the teachers of Gorkha, build a sustainable and progressive community. Shrinathkot is topographically challenged and economically backward region. Eventually, the products of schools in Gorkha will have to compete with the products from major cities in Nepal for jobs and also, further studies. English is a prerequisite for career in the modern world. Hopefully, teachers from this training can produce students with good, academic English, which will help the community have hopes for a better future. And also, if these teachers can go back and train other fellow teachers from surrounding villages, this can benefit exponentially.
In the certificate distribution ceremony, the participants shared how encouraged they were by the enthusiasm of people from outside their village to help and rebuild them, and that they were confident, they could learn more from trainings like this in the future and certainly try their best in rebuilding their community, only this time, stronger and more resilient than before.
May be they can; may be they will.
Someone said, “I consider ourselves lucky to have the Earthquake”
In the certificate distribution ceremony, Rajendra Dhakal was very excited to share his feelings about the training. For one thing, he started by sharing how had been enrolled in the training.
He was on a visit in a neighboring village while he met a friend and talked about the rehabilitation going on in Shrinathkot, the friend asked which organization was working with them for this process and he told Asal Chhimekee Nepal. The friend was very happy know and told him that Asal Chhimekee was a good organization and that he was very certain that positive changes would surely be brought about.
So, Rajendra decided to recommend his own name for the training and thus he was here.
Rajendra said,” I have learnt a lot from this training. I learnt with excitement about various topics in English, but if there is anything I have learnt the most, it is that I know nothing about English. And I am certain there will be more for us in the future. Not only in school related aspects, but I feel, we have been touched by Asal Chhimekee Nepal in everything. Now, everything is being rebuilt. Everything we are trying to build now, if completed, will be better than what we ever had. Sometimes, I think to myself, it was a good thing for us that the Earthquake came and destroyed everything, because that made room for us to start building from scratch. We are very lucky have the partnership and expertise of Asal Chhimekee Nepal.”
The crowd seemed to welcome his thoughts and it seemed as if he had spoken the words from their own hearts. But ACN itself felt it had a lot to do; with so much appreciation from the community and the knowledge that it had a lot more to do, partnering, learning and teaching with this community. Everybody was happy but everybody knew there was a lot more to do. But that’s what milestones are for… congratulate you on how successful you have been in reaching the goal while also reminding how much further you still need to go, energizing with the success you have achieved.