From the remaining 50% of the volunteers around 35% to 40% are medical which again splits into two basic sections.
The first is placing medical students in either of the two Government hospitals that we work with where they work alongside Nepali staff to learn about health care in Nepal. This is more of a sort term internship than volunteering to be fair but $250 of the volunteer fee goes directly to the hospitals. With WRH in Pokhara this is used by the hospital board for improvements and new equipment which is sorely needed. With Kanti children’s hospital $200 goes directly to the Oncology department to be used for free treatment of cancer on children. The families go through a process at the start to assess their means and the ones with little or no money have free cancer treatment paid for from these fees.
The second medical projects are the free health camps that we run a few times a year in various rural locations. So far we have run 6 free health camps for an average of 6 days per camp. We have a registration and triage section, then Doctors for diagnosing and treating and the last section is the Pharmacy where we hand out free medicines. On average we see 100 plus people per day on the med camps so would have checked, treated and given free medicines to over 4000 people in different districts of Nepal.
The remaining volunteers have helped plant 5000 trees plus volunteered on local farms helping and learning about local farming techniques in Nepal. These two projects have now been phased out as many of the farmers still do not have homes after losing them in the earthquake of 2015 and therefore cannot take volunteers in a home stay. The tree planting was stopped as we felt after the earthquake we needed to focus more on the rebuilding of Nepal rather than the environment plus it was outside of the EHN focus of Education and Health.
The main focus of all the volunteers EHN takes is to work with and support local people in offering a better service to their communities.
So far with the help and fees paid by our volunteers we have managed to run 6 free health camps in 6 different rural areas of Nepal proving free health checks and treatment to over 4000 people.
Supported two Government schools containing around 150 students in giving some 8100 hours of lessons to improve the level of English and also increase the number of new students enrolling.
Volunteers have painted two schools inside and out to help protect the building and give the school a brighter look.
Provided both schools with solar panels and batteries to provide the computers with constant power plus various pieces of equipment from books and pens to water filters and first aid kits.
EHN Volunteers have given 8100 hours plus of disabled child care and support.
Planted some 5000 trees to reforest an area close to Chitwan national park while teaching 15 lessons on the environment and the effects of plastic on the waterways and land.
Provided emergency repair work to the disabled day care when the building was badly damaged in the earthquake.
Handed out food and basic shelter to over 2000 people in 3 different locations in the weeks that followed the earthquake. Mostly tarpaulin sheets, rice, dhal, salt, sugar, tea, soap and other basics amounting to over $7000.
Rebuilt 4 homes and livestock buildings in two villages that where devastated by the earthquake.
Rebuilt one 8 classroom earthquake resistant school that was completely destroyed in the earthquake which will open this April after the painting have finished.
Provided further education to 4 girls after they left school by paying their University fees.
Paid for a new toilet block to be built in Rupa School.
Provided a water pump to an Orphanage in Kathmandu.
Helped 7 Nepali students obtain scholarships and placements in Universities in the US, UK and Australia.
Handed out over 10 boxes of toys, clothes and stationary to three different Orphanages.
Provided $1000 worth of tin sheets for Gorkha school to build temporary classrooms.