Travel Report by Norbert Grobbel and Petra Shakya (March 2017)
For Norbert Grobbel this was the second trip to Nepal this year, Petra Shakya as our new project coordinator was in the project area for the first time. Together they report on the progress:
Reconstruction of six schools begins
The reconstruction of six schools destroyed or severely damaged during the devastating earthquakes in 2015 has finally started before the rainy season begins in June. Overcoming all bureaucratic hurdles in Nepal took more time than expected. But now all necessary permits, contracts and plans are available. We are glad that all responsible persons of the local schools participate actively in the development of the construction measures and in some cases even build themselves! This ensures that teachers, parents and students will continue to support „their“ school with their commitment.
Quality education for all children of Bhandar
A large part of the funding of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) is invested in the reconstruction of the schools. At the same time, however, the component „Quality-Promoted Education“ is at least as important as part of our sponsored BMZ application, which will benefit all 6000 children in our project area in the long term. As a first step, at least 100 teachers are trained in modern, child-centered teaching methods and supported by trained social workers in the implementation of what they have learned.
Teachers become learners
In January 2017 the first teacher training took place in the rooms of the school in Thosey. On five days, 26 teachers from primary schools from the project area tested new methods of teaching in mathematics, nepali, english and natural sciences. They also learned how children learn and how they can be supported by a classroom learning environment. On the sixth day, the headmasters and chairpersons of the Parents‘ Council were also invited to provide information on the content and objectives of the teacher training in order to convince themselves of the progress made.
The continuation of the teaching training is planned in May with the same participants for a second learning module. Between the trainings, our staff member Tara Khatiwada stays in contact with the schools and teachers and provides assistance in the implementation of the trainings. Further course groups will be set up.
New and bigger: the children’s home in Bamti Bhandar
The children’s house was also heavily affected by the earthquakes. Sometimes the small residents had to live in emergency accommodation. Since last year, they are happy about their rebuilt home. In a few weeks, an additional new building will be completed, in addition to modern sanitary facilities, a kitchen and a large dining area will be available.
The children in the children’s home grow as if in a family. When they grow up, they need the support from us they would get in intact families – the promotion of their talents, the approach to professional opportunities, the accompaniment to an independent life. We intend to focus our efforts on securing their future in the future. Our local employees develop partnerships with regional organizations whose expertise is the support of marginalized young people.
Health care for all: Health Camp in Bamti
In cooperation with the Jiri Hospital and the District Health Office in Manthali, a health camp was organized in the health center in Bamti from 6-8 April. In the medical community, general practitioners, as well as specialists, For eye diseases and dentistry. These types of camps are the only way for many people in the remote villages of our project region to visit specialists. Normally people have to take a day trip to Jiri or Manthali when they are sick. Accordingly, there was a huge crowd: more than 600 people were treated for the three days.
Looking ahead once more
Further specialized health camps are planned. The state’s standard supply with currently 35 medication on the health stations shows considerable gaps in the indication. In cooperation with management committees of the health centers, we plan to distribute the additional medicines needed: In the start-up phase, we finance the necessary stock of medicines. Our current five employees at the four health posts Betali, Thosey, Bamti and Gumdel generate sufficient revenues through the distribution of the drugs in order to buy needed drugs regularly. This type of „revolving fund“ is intended to ensure the sustainable supply of the required medicines to the population.