Nepal in Need operates in extremely isolated communities of Eastern Nepal. The entire area in which NiN operates has no roads or electricity; some of the Sherpa villages, such a Gontala, are as high up in the mountains as 10,000 feet, and are a five days’ walk from the nearest road. As a result, the delivery of basic services is logistically difficult and all materials delivered to these villages must be portered from larger communities.
Nepal in Need provides such materials as health care supplies, school supplies, and other materials to focal communities. With help from NiN, porters from these communities have now transported an x-ray machine, medicines, text books, blackboards, stationary and pens, solar panels, and iron roofs, among other materials to the mountain communities.
Nepal in Need runs three health posts in Yaphu, Gontala, and Gudel. All health posts are open seven days a week and staffed entirely by Nepali health workers. Health posts provide emergency medical assistance, general primary health care, maternal care, drugs, basic dental provision, and participate in the government TB inoculation and family planning programmes.
All care is provided free of charge; however, a small fee (50%) for medicines is charged to those who can afford it. The very old, indigent, children, and pregnant women receive medicines completely free and no one, irrespective of caste, race, or means, is ever turned away. Nepal in Need also assists financially and logistically with complex operations for children with severe congenital problems.
Nepal in Need would like to build many more health centres in Nepal. A small health centre can be built and equipped for £5,000; an assistant health worker costs £80 per month while most generic drugs manufactured in India cost a matter of pence.
In March 2012, Nepal in Need is running a special health camp for women, in a remote part of Sankhuwasaba district. We expect up to 1000 women to attend and minor surgical procedures will be carried out. All care will be free and anyone, including men and children will be treated if they arrive. We hope to make this an annual occasion if funding is forthcoming.
Nepal in Need has provided six schools in Eastern Nepali villages with textbooks, has bought solar panels for schools, health posts, and monasteries, has contributed to water pipe projects, purchased materials to build school play grounds and purchased a generator for a local town radio station, Khambari radio. Finally, Nepal in Need also organises volunteers to teach English in schools.
How you can help Nepal in Need
• Organise an activity in your area to raise money. We would be happy to support anyone who would like to do this.
• Collect children’s books, pencils/crayons and other educational materials. In particular, we need children’s books suitable for a basic level of English.
• Volunteer in health posts if you have any medical skills. In particular we need doctors who are prepared to help for a number of months.
• Volunteer in schools if would like to teach English. Anyone who is a native English speaker would be welcome. You must be physically fit to trek to the area and must be prepared to live in basic conditions. There is no running water so no hot showers. Food is rice and potatoes every day.
• Each year Nepal in Need organises one very special trek, usually during two weeks in March. Nepal in Need Trustees participate on this tour, as well as a number of medical consultants and dentists. Trekkers walk to a very remote part of Nepal and visit one or two of our health posts, participate in buying books, medicines and water pipes. We ask that each trekker raise a minimum of £1000 in donations for NiN which forms the major part of our annual funding . The trek is fully catered and guided, includes camping with 3 course meals and everything provided by Sherpa guides and porters. It is a unique way to experience a very remote area, have a great holiday, meet some wonderful people and to participate in how NiN spends its money. A general level of walking fitness is required and you should have no serious health issues. You can expect to walk around 6 hours a day.
Please email us if interested in helping NiN: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our website at www.nepalinneed.org