Our Work in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal
PHASE has been working with communities in Sindhupalchowk since 2006. This is the first district in Nepal that we introduced our projects to.
We run a health project, an education project, and a livelihood in Sindhupalchowk. Our integrated approach to village development is particularly well established here.
Where do we work in Sindhupalchowk?
In this district we support communities in Hagam and Fulpingkot. Our work with these two project areas covers a population of around 10,000. In Hagam, most of the population are of Tamang ethnicity, whereas Fulpingkot – nearby but on the other side of a steep valley – is a mixed community of Brahmin, Chetri, Newar and Tamang ethnicities.
Our health project in Sindhupalchowk
PHASE has two sub-health posts in Sindhupalchowk which provide primary care health services to the communities.
Dr. Dilys Noble, one of PHASE’s Trustees, has spent time in Nepal providing general clinical training to our health staff. Dilys visited Yangkalot in the Hagam area, the first village PHASE worked with. Her experience in Sindhupalchowk included mentoring health staff about childhood disability, child immunisation, hand washing, mental health problems, and plaster casts. This demonstrates the variety of healthcare support that PHASE provides to the communities.
As well as improving knowledge and awareness of health, sanitation and hygiene, our Nepalese staff have been able to save lives many times. These have included Chhewang Diki Lama, who lives a four days walk from the nearest road, who had blood clots removed from her uterus by two of our health staff after the birth of her daughter.
PHASE has also increased sanitation in Sindhupalchowk through its toilet construction programme – 191 households in Hagam and Fulpingkot now have their own toilets.
Dr. Gerda Pohl, one of the founders of PHASE and a Trustee, runs our highly successful programme of experienced medical professionals (typically GPs) from the UK volunteering with our Nepalese health staff to provide training and support.
These volunteers have included midwives Trudy Brock and Sarah Ardizzone, who spent time in Sindhupalchowk and then the Kavrepalanchok district. They piloted a midwifery teaching programme for PHASE – an on-the-job learning experience for our health staff.
Our education project in Sindhupalchowk
PHASE established and ran the Shree Bankali Primary School in Syauje village, Hagam, which provided an alternative catch-up education for children who have missed out on schooling or who lived too far away from the nearest government school. This alternative school, along with two other PHASE schools in Hagam, have now been handed over to the District Education Authority of Sindhupalchowk.
These three schools demonstrate how PHASE can successfully create partnerships with local governments in remote areas of Nepal, which can lead to sustainable developments for the communities.
PHASE also provides training and support to government-employed teachers through partnership with the Nepal Teacher Training Innovations (NTTI). In 2013-2014, six awareness level training events were held in the Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha and Kavrepalanchok districts. 180 teachers from 36 government schools participated in these. These encourage teachers to step away from rote learning, and to encourage creativity and critical thinking in the classroom.
PHASE supports not just children’s education, but adults too. We ran more than 20 groups of adult literacy classes in the Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha districts in the 2013-2014 period.
Our livelihoods project in Sindhupalchowk
Less than 20% of the total population of all the communities that PHASE supports in Nepal have a secure food supply all year round. Our livelihood project has been established in Sindhupalchowk to address this.
We run several small income generation schemes, including the distribution of pregnant goats, as well as animal husbandry and vegetable training courses in this district. This enables the self-sufficient communities to gain more knowledge of growing food and rearing animals in harsh mountainous conditions, and many now have surplus produce which they sell on and make a profit.
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