Urban Clinic and Two Rural Clinic Buildings Handed over in Gorkha

On 16th April 2019, ACN handed over two rural clinics to the local government of Siranchowk rural municipality, Gorkha. Two-roomed newly constructed Simle Rural Clinic and Jarebar Rural Clinic has been jointly inaugurated by Ward Chair. Mr. Raju Gurung and ACN Chair. Mr. Bharat Bahadur Gurung in the presence of other government officials, ACN board members, and community people. This two rural clinics are set to serve 700 households of Siranchowk rural municpality, Gorkha District.

On 1st July 2019, a newly constructed six-roomed Ghalang urban clinic building was inaugurated by the chief guest, Minister of Physical infrastructure development of Gandaki province, honorable Ramsaran Basnet and was handed over to Gorkha rural municipality, Gorkha. This urban clinic is set to serve 600 household of Gorkha rural municipality.

 

In addition earthquake resistant, gender and disable-friendly CGI roofed building, ACN also provided necessary furniture and medicine.

OProvision of basic health services, especially preventive and promotive services has found very limited in Rural Nepal. Therefore to increase access in basic primary health service closer to the community, Primary Health Care Rural Clinic service was initiated and established in 1994. Rural Clinic is the extensive service sites of primary health care center (PHCCs), health post (HPs), and sub-health post (SHPs) up to community level. However, health posts are the first institution contact point for the basic primary health services in rural remote villages in Nepal. The aim of the urban and rural clinic is to improve access to some basic health services including family planning, safe motherhood, general treatment, child health, first-aid and health education, and counseling. Based on the local needs Rural Clinics are conducted every month at a fixed location on specific dates and time. So once in a month, rural local health personnel conduct these clinics with FCHVs and provide basic primary health service, health education, and counseling.

These three clinics operated its service form different places (i.e. under the tree, individual house, and community shed) as they had no building for clinics. Nepal earthquake of 2015 caused extensive damage to many public buildings and still, health posts of rural villages are struggling to resume their full health service. In this context, to bring primary basic health services including family planning, safe motherhood and child health closer to rural households, ACN constructed an urban clinic and two rural clinics building and handed over in Gorkha district.

We would like to thank our funding partner INF- UK and Rope-UK, DAI-USA, CMML-USA and individual donors for the financial support in the construction of Simle rural clinic, Jarebar rural clinic and Ghalang urban clinic. In addition, we would like to thank Siranchowk rural municipality for its funding support and coordination, Gorkha rural municipality and land donor of Clinics.

 

Baby kits with nutrition supplement and school uniform distribution program to windstorm affected

On 31st March 2019, Bara and Parsa the southern districts of central Nepal suffered from heavy rainstorm and wind. People lost their family members, houses, and are left with very little. ACN was able to reach to storm affected families with immediate supplies and support in coordination with Bara Christian Community, local community, local & central government.

 

After distribution of immediate relief supplies to windstorm affected families, pregnant and lactating mothers were identified to provide baby kits with nutrition supplements. 220 pregnant and lactating mothers received baby kits with nutrition supplements packs. In addition, 430 windstorm affected student received school uniform in Suwarna Rural Municipality, Bara district.  

World Day Against Child Labor-12 June 2019

World Day Against Child Labor

 

Celebration of World Day Against Child Labor with a theme “Children Shouldn’t work in the fields, but on Dreams!”

On this occasion, Asal Chhimekee Nepal organized a door to door event mobilizing Child Clubs. We visited three different communities (wards) in Pokhara with the commitment forms that ‘My House and workplace is free from (of HUNCHHA KI?) Child Labor’. In the program, we reached individual houses, shared on child labor and took commitment from them that their houses and workplaces are free from Child Labor. The program went well. This is our small contribution to raising awareness on this issue.

Together we can make a difference!

Trauma Healing Program for Storm Affected of Bara Parsa

On 31st March 2019, Bara and Parsa the southern districts of central Nepal suffered from massive rainstorm and winds. After the completion of initial relief program of distribution of basic utensils and cooking stove with gas cylinder, ACN initiates a project called Bara Parsa Windstorm Recovery Support Project to carry out the further recovery support activities to Bara Parsa windstorm affected families and communities.

It was found children and parents are still in under fear (trauma) after the windstorm incident. So it is planned to organize Trauma Healing Training to Teachers and Trauma Healing Orientation Program to Parents.

The main objective of the program is to deliver knowledge to teacher and parents on overcoming the trauma of the disaster which they will use to help their children to get over from the traumatic situation and apply safety method to protect themselves and others during the disaster period.

Trauma Healing Training for Teachers

Two days Trauma Healing Training was conducted among teachers of Suwarna Rural Municipality at Shree Rastriya Ma.Vi. Hardiya, 8 – Bara. 25 teachers participated in the training. Among them, 12 participants from Government school, 9 from private school and 4 from child -friendly space. Teaching materials (puppets, story books, crayons) also provided to teachers after the end of the training. Participants shared that training was helpful to them as they are also feeling better and learned how to help children those are under trauma to get over. In addition, they also learn how to be safe and help others to be safe from disasters.

Trauma Healing Orientation Program for Parents

Trauma healing orientation program conducted among parents in Suwarna Rural Municipality, Bara district. 318 parents of four communities participated in the orientation program. After the session, they shared that they are feeling better by sharing the horrible experience of the windstorm. In addition, they also learned methods to take care of their children to get over from the trauma of disasters. From the program, they also learned to be safe and help others to be safe from disaster.

The program was facilitated by the Early Child Education Center (ECEC), Lalitpur. The program was conducted with the local support of Protection Nepal ((a local NGOs) and in coordination with Suwarna Rural Municipality, Bara district.

Trauma Healing Training for Teachers 

Trauma Healing Orientation Program for Parents 

Basic Female Community Health Volunteer Refreshment Training

A three day Basic Female Community Health Volunteer Refreshment Training for female community health volunteer (FCHVs) organized by Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) in Pokhara, Kaski from 26th-28th May 2019. 24 Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) from two rural municipalities of Gorkha district participated in the training.

The major role of the FCHVs is to advocate healthy behaviors of mothers and community people to promote safe motherhood, child health, family planning, and other community-based health promotion and service delivery.

We would like to thank training facilitators and Gandaki Rural Municipality and Siranchowk Rural Municipality of Gorkha district for allowing us to conduct this training.

In Commemoration of Nepal Earthquake of 2015

Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on 25th April 2015, which was followed by aftershocks, more than 9000 lives were lost, 22000 were injured and more than half a million were left homeless. In the aftermath of the devastating Gorkha earthquake, ACN launched a long term program called “Disaster Resilience Assistance Programme”.  ACN was one of the first organizations to respond with all its capacity and it reached out to 15,000 affected families with emergency relief packages in its early relief phase. ACN’s intervention came in three phases. Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction and Rehabilitation. 

Four years after the devastating earthquake, we would like to share a video of ACN’s long term programme in response to the devastating Gorkha earthquake of 2015. See, how ACN had been able to support the poor and disadvantaged communities in their rehabilitation by reconstructing community infrastructure, fostering livelihoods & health and develop resilience for the future disaster.

We would like to thank all who partnered with us. We are glad to serve the affected communities.   

ACN#Marking the 4th year of the devastating Earthquake of 2015

Videos : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8igDYaf-2u0, 
http://acn.org.np/video-gallery/

 

Free Women’s Health Camp

Asal Chhimekee Nepal conducted a two-day free health camp in Bhujawa, Sarawal-6, Nawalparasi from 7th to 8th April 2019. The health camp was organized with the objective of free medical check-up for the people of Bhujawa, Sarawal including the basic medicines required for an early recovery. The camp was organized at Janata higher secondary school in coordination with Sarawal Health Post. A Gynecologist with nurses, paramedical personnel, and ACN staff delivered the service at the camp. 527 people benefited from this camp.  Among them 50 were identified with Pelvic inflammation diseases, 3 with lymph on breast, 20 cervical cystitis, and 5 uterine prolapses. Identified 5 uterine prolapse cases were referred for further treatment.   

ACN’s Response to Tornado Affected

Source: Prakash Dahal/ THT

On 31 March 2019, Nepal suffered its first ever recorded tornado that struck Bara and Parsa southern districts of central Nepal. According to Home Ministry, death toll reached up to 27 and 668 people were injured. In response to the tornado, ACN team traveled to the disaster-hit area to assess the situation and need analysis. After assessment of the situation and need analysis, ACN team found out that tornado affected people received emergency food items but lacking basic materials to cook food and continue their living. Post to the need analysis activities, ACN decided to provide cooking gas cylinder, burner (stove) to 112 affected households. In addition, 5 affected households also provided with food items, gas cylinder and stove, tarpaulin, mattress, and mosquito net. These 5 households belong to so called untouchable cast groups and they were marginalized from the relief material distribution program conducted by other agencies.

ACN is thankful to all those who were involved in the assessment of the situation and purchase and distribution of relief materials in Tornado affected area in Bara and Parsa district.

Our prayers are with the affected families.  

 

Closing Ceremony of Gorkha Earthquake 2015 Response Programme and Social Audit 2018/19

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On Phagun 10, 2075 (Feb 22, 2019), Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) conducted a joint programme for Social Audit 2075 and Gorkha Earthquake Response Programme (Disaster Resilience Assistance Programme) closing ceremony in presence of Chief Guest, Honorable Minister Ramsaran Basnet, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development, Gandaki Province.

Social Audit 2075 was ACN’s fifth Social Audit. The programme was facilitated by representatives of Radio Gorkha (community Radio of Gorkha) – Mr. Narhari Sapkota and Mr Bikash Marhattha. There was a significant number of participation of stakeholders including government officials of national, district and local levels and beneficiaries from Kaski, Nawalparasi, Gorkha and Parbat districts. The main purpose of conducting Social Audit 2075 was to share information about the achievement of the fiscal year 2074-75 (2017-2018), work implementation as well as organization’s governance, finances and to receive feedback from stakeholders in order to make the programmes more effective in future.

Gorkha Earthquake 2015 Response Programme was the programme initiated in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April 2015. Beyond the initial relief phase, ACN has been continuously working to support the resilience of the earthquake survivors in partnership with many generous people and organizations who provided resources to us and in very close coordination with the government and other line agencies. Throughout the programme period, ACN has been able to provide relief materials to the earthquake survivors focusing on the most needy and isolated communities for their survival. Similarly, ACN  has been supporting recovery of health and livelihood, reconstruction of schools, health posts and ward office, conducting reconstruction skill training (mason, plumbing and electrician training) to support the reconstruction of the infrastructure including houses, as well as building capacity of people/communities by carrying out Disaster Risk Reduction trainings. The highlights of the intervention were presented at the ceremony.

ACN was highly appreciated for its contribution in response to Earthquake 2015 by the communities, government officials and other participated stakeholders. The Chief Guest and other distinguished guests highlighted in their speeches that ACN has set a model how the project should be carried out and how the government agencies should be coordinated and therefore, has a potential in future to work for and with government.

 ACN had an opportunity to express its earnest gratitude to government agencies, all supporters, donor agencies, volunteers, contractors, staff-team, PCC, and communities for their generous giving, prayers, direct or indirect involvement, and encouragement in work and for coordination making all possible for us. For ACN, it was an honor and joy to be a part of the effort in serving those who were in need of help and to be a channel of blessings to them.

SOCIAL AUDIT – 2018

Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) conducted its fourth Social Audit on Magh 12, 2074 (Jan 26, 2018) for the work of 2073. The event was conducted as a participatory workshop that was facilitated by Mr. Krishna Prasad Awasthi (Executive Director of NEST) who is an expert in the field. There was a significant number of participation of stakeholders including Government Officials from Gorkha, Nawalparasi and Kaski districts. The main purpose of conducting Social Audit 2074 was to share information about the achievements, work implementation as well as organization’s governance and receive feedback from stakeholders in order to make the program more effective in future.

Here are some of the pictures of the programme.