Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) conducted a 35 days Village Animal Health Worker (VAHW) Training at Kantipur Bahuprabhidik Shikshalaya, Bharatpur, Chitwan. 24 participants from Gorkha and Nawalparasi participated the training. 9 out of 24 participants were female during first training. The training started on 16 July 2017 and ended on 23rd August 2017. Similarly, the training was conducted for the second time with 18 (11 M and 7 F) participants successfully completing the training. Tools like bardizoo, horn cutting wire and castration rope was provided to each student at the graduation program. The training started on the 4th Sept 2017 and was ended on 18th Oct 2017.
All three schools reconstructed by ACN were handed over to the Government of Nepal and the local communities of Shreenathkot, Gorkha. The schools included Shree Chandrodaya Secondary School, Shree Janajagriti School and Shree Arkul Primary School officially handed over on 9th -10th June 2017.
ACN has been actively involved in reconstruction of health posts, village office building and schools in Gorkha after the relief for the people affected by the massive earthquake in 2015. These schools have been constructed in conformity with the government guidelines. Along with the school building, ACN also provided colorful furniture for pupil and classes are already running. Pupils are enjoying new chairs and desks they feel big about themselves. It is a big change for them as they were in worn out shelters. One of the teachers stated that this was her great experience in her life to work in such a new school building with attractive furniture and to instruct students and further said that it was her pride. The schools look really good and attractive.
Government representatives, journalist, local leaders, PCC members and ACN staff were present during the handover programs.
The schools were funded by:
Shree Chandrodaya Secondary School – GZB, Netherlands
Shree Arkul Primary School – Friends for Nepal in Sweden
Shree Janajagriti Primary School- BSN, Netherlands
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