Education and Health Nepal is a fully registered Nepali and UK charity operating strictly in the fields of Education and Health services.
We founded EHN Nepal in 2013 and EHN UK in 2015 with two founders and several board members in each NGO. To date EHN has taken nearly 300 volunteers to help and support various schools, hospitals and project in Nepal. Most of the projects we work with are based in rural locations as we feel these are the area’s that need the most improvement and support.
From the 300 volunteers we have placed around 50% in education and around 35% in medical based projects with the remaining percentage either doing rural farming or a tree planting project we ran in 2014. With the education volunteers they split into two groups, the first is Government school education where volunteers work with the Nepali teachers and staff to help improve the level of spoken and written English and more recently computer studies. The second project that education volunteers help with is the day to day running of the disabled day care facility in Kathmandu.
Most volunteers stay for one month and would take an average of 5 or 6 45 minute lessons a day for 6 days a week. In most cases the volunteer teacher will work alongside a local teacher for the first few days before taking their own lessons. The disabled day care volunteers work the same day week but will only take 2 or three lessons a day with the rest of the time spent playing, cleaning, cooking or taking the children out for a walk and a little exercise.
This means over the last 4 years EHN education volunteers have provided some 8100 hrs plus of lessons and another 8100hrs of disabled child care.
The effects on the Schools has been the easiest to notice with students getting higher and higher English pass marks. The two main schools we work with have both seen the average English pass mark rise from 70% to 82 to 84%. We have also seen a big increase in the confidence of children especially the girls. In Nepal woman are still very much second class citizens and will go without so much to make sure the men in their families get what they want. This also extends to education so in many cases daughters will not be offered the same educational opportunities as their brothers which is why helping to improve their confidence really helps them later in life if they don’t want to marry and want to pursue a career. The other noticeable effect EHN has had on both schools in the number of new students enrolling. The Government of Nepal started assessing all schools in Nepal two years ago with the idea of closing the ones that were not needed. The way they assessed this was based on new student numbers which for many Government schools was dropping due to the increase in private schools opening that charge a fee to all students. This meant that many Gov schools will be closed leaving the local community with no choice but to pay or not send their children to school. With the poorer people of Nepal and many of the girls only getting an education because it was free this meant many would not be able to get an education. With Rupa and Damagde School EHN has seen an increase in student numbers due to the regular number of western volunteer teachers attending the schools. Rupa use to get around 20 students a year but before we started with them they were down to just 10 but just had 19 new students enrol. Damgade has been even better and was also down to 10 or less per year but have just enrolled some 30 new students.
We will be looking to work more on the computing side of education in the coming years while maintaining the volume English teaching volunteers.
With the Disabled day care we put volunteers in to help the staff run the center plus look after the children. This project is more about child care than education but volunteers are still asked to help with eye hand coordination exercises, arts and craft work and with the older ones some basic English and maths. Most families in Nepal do not get any support if they have a disabled child and therefore still need to work so having a safe place for their children to ply and develop is vital service allowing them to work and earn money.