December 5 2019
Twenty years ago, Matthieu Ricard set out to build a better world for the people of the Himalayan region through the founding of Karuna-Shechen. Working in remote and underserved villages, made poss...
In September 2015, we started implementing in Nepal our rehabilitation plans to help communities and individuals rebuild their lives after the earthquakes in Nepal.
Our intervention covers 12* of the 15 districts affected by the disaster. In each district, villages that were severely affected by the earthquakes have been selected according to specific criteria.
Together with our local partners and the villagers, we are implementing projects in six sectors.
*Gorkha, Sindhupalanchowk,Rasuwa, Kavrepalanchowk, Dolokha, Ramechhap, Makwanpur, Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli, Dhading, Nuwakot et Solukhumbu
Many schools have been severely damaged or completely destroyed. Before the disaster, because of a lack of resources and monitoring systems, the quality of education in most of these schools was already very poor, leading to high dropout rates.
To ensure children have access to quality education, we are rehabilitating and supporting 12 primary schools affected by the earthquakes.
•Supporting the construction of a temporary bamboo 6-8 room structure that
can be erected in a week or so for schools that do not have habitable classrooms ;
•Supporting the fabrication or procurement of classroom desks and benches;
•Supporting the construction of permanent toilets for boys and girls;
•Supporting the construction of a permanent rainwater harvesting or water supply systems;
•In addition to the main curriculum, introducing students to local vocational trades to inculcate a deep respect for all skills, trades and livelihoods;
•Providing financial support for additional teachers, books and stationery, uniforms, teaching materials, sporting goods, etc.;
•Continuously engaging the local community to teach and encourage them to play an active monitoring role; engaging the school management committee to ensure that they fulfill their role in the school’s management, and enlisting the faculty to fulfill their respective duties;
•Engaging the government to bring about a positive change in their policies in education.
As part of our post-earthquake intervention, we are expanding our Solar power program. More than half of Nepal’s population do not have electricity in their home and, instead, rely on kerosene oil lamps and wood fires, which are both fire and health hazards.
In the past, we have successfully installed solar lighting systems to eliminate these problems. Solar also provides light at night for children to study and do their homework, and thus improves education.
•Training and capacity building for two women from each selected village to become solar technicians and solar entrepreneurs;
•Solar electrifying 100 households in one village in each project area;
•Supporting the creation of a solar workshop in each of these villages for the trained women.
This segment of the intervention programs ensures that families produce and have access to a low-cost, nutritious, and complete range of seasonal vegetables and staple foods, by re-establishing, promoting, and supporting:
• Sustenance farming, including establishment of household kitchen gardens, together with natural/organic composting and pest management;
• Cultivation of staple crops;
• Animal husbandry;
•Watershed replenishment, maintenance and management;
• Food storage improvement techniques;
• The cultivation of cash crops for added income where suitable;
Nepal has the ill fame of being high on the list of countries afflicted by human trafficking and unsafe migration. The current earthquake-affected districts have become even more vulnerable. A surge in human trafficking has been clearly detected, and counter measures are being taken.
•Using our local organizing skills and partners, we will offer intensive and protracted training, awareness, and networking in communities, schools, government units, social groups, village committees, and individuals.
The most pressing need in Nepal’s medical sector is pre-hospital emergency medical response and medicine and primary healthcare service.
In rural areas, patients do not go to rural medical units until a medical case is truly advanced. This is because these outposts are generally ill-equipped, ill-manned and located many hours or days walk away.
To address this vacuum, we are expanding our intensive advanced first-aid training program. We will train selected villagers as community first-aiders to respond to pre-hospital medical emergencies and primary health care needs in their locality.
• Training and deployment of Advanced Community First Aiders;
• Advanced First Aid Training for the AFAs on adolescent, maternity, and child health.
This intensive advanced first-aid training program is designed to progressively create a nation-wide network of community emergency health responders in isolated villages of rural Nepal. Since 2012, over 500 community advanced first-aiders have already been trained, and their usefulness was proven beyond a doubt, particularly in the recent post-earthquake scenario.
This important intervention aims at strengthening capacities of communities, village committees, and individuals, so that they will be prepared for, and can cope and respond to, unforeseen sudden natural or man-made disasters in the future.
Training and capacity-building on disaster mitigation, preparedness and response, conducting training and drilling repeatedly, and networking with government and non-government institutions, village level bodies, and individuals.
November 15 2019
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