It impossible to reflect on 2015 for PHASE without thinking about the earthquakes. On the 25th April 2015 so much changed – from the first hours of trying to reach Dr Gerda in Nepal, keeping in touch with the staff in some of the worst affected areas, responding to 100s of phones calls and emails, to supporting in the team on the ground during the weeks that followed as they distributing materials for shelter and food and ensured that the health posts and education projects could continue to run, the earthquake shaped every day of the last 8 months of 2015.
As we move into to 2016 we are looking to move back to our community development work across health, education and livelihoods, supporting communities to find ways they can build back stronger. Due to their reputation and the quality of their work, our partners PHASE Nepal have attracted many new partners who are interested to support them. This growth has allowed them to appoint an HR Manager, Finance Manager and Communications Manager alongside several new field staff, growing the team in Nepal to over 100 staff.
2015 was also the year that PHASE turned 10. Over the last decade we have grown a PHASE family who are supportive, involved and invested – thank you for being part of that – there was no greater demonstration of this than in the weeks that followed the earthquake. The level of support we received from all corners of the globe was completely overwhelming and our earthquake appeal raised £200,000. At the end of the 2015 financial year we had generated half a million in funds across all projects.
This has enable us to do more. Between July 2014 and July 2015 PHASE Worldwide’s partners, PHASE Nepal treated almost 76,000 patients across 16 health posts (30% more than the previous year). 531 births were supported by skilled health workers and over 34,000 people took part in health awareness raising events. 154 teachers were trained on best teaching practices, 54 children were given access to education through the alternative schools programme and 249 women learnt to read and write in adult literacy classes. Almost 1,500 took part in agricultural training and PHASE Nepal distributed emergency aid to almost 15,000 households.
2015 saw other new developments too – we launched our partnership with the Innocent Foundation through a livelihoods project in new district in western Nepal, Mugu. Our DFID project in the far west of the country stayed on track despite the challenges of the year, and towards the end of 2015 our partners held the first Cervical Cancer screening camps as part of our THET project.
We ran some of our favourite events which again were a huge success – the Chicago themed gala dinner in February, the Yorkshire Three Peaks and London to Paris in May, the Dragon Boat in July, a new event – Yorkshire Tour de France – which was a success in June, and of course our 10th Birthday Party! We can’t mention 2015 without a shout out to one of our founder trustees Dr Gerda Pohl who did a 1000km horse ride across Mongolia!
Sarah and Victoria were supported in the office in 2015 by so many committed volunteers and a very strong trustee board. Brian Blessed joined us as a patron and Rosie Swale Pope, an inspirational patron, took time out of her run across America to talk at ‘A Mountain to Climb’ which we ran in collaboration with our new trekking partners Jagged Globe. In 2015, 18 GPs and 12 other volunteers travelled to Nepal to support the team there.
It’s impossible to thank everyone as each person’s contribution, small or big, makes up what PHASE is and we couldn’t do it without all of you – we have put together a selection of photos from the year to reflect some of what we have achieved!
Here’s to a fantastic 2016!