Great News we have a Big Medical Camp planned this year

Good morning one and all, EHN has just taken a booking for a large group of 14 from Kuwait comprised of Doctors and Dentists who will be on a med camp . This one will have dental checking as well as hearing and eye sight checks and the standard first aid and health checking.

We are looking to run this med camp in a new village in Kaski district a little further up the road from Rupa school so we can treat more people thus saving them having to find transport down to the school. 

The team will be split into small groups to operate in the various aspects of the med camp from triage checking to audio testing and of course a little first aid and full dental checks. We won’t be able to offer Dental surgery due to lack of equipment and unreliable power.

With the eye sight and hearing testing we will be looking to help children we find with either glasses, hearing aids, treatment or possibly surgery of required so the med camp will operate as an identification project rather than treating. Once the children have been identified we can take them for final diagnosis in the local hospital or opticians.

This will be the largest med camp we have ever run in terms of the services we are offering but over the years we have found several dental problems we could not help as well as finding children with learning difficulties that have not be diagnosed which we hope to help rectify.

if you are interested in running a medical camp through EHN or would like to join us on one of our projects feel free to drop me an email philehn@gmail.com

or check us out on www.ehn-nepal.org

Medical camp in Nepal

The other week we helped support a free health camp by lending our testing equipment along with Phil to work with a small group in a Chepang jungle community.

As with all the free health camps the aim was to provide a free health care and first aid service to a rural community. Chepang are close to the Magar caste but much lower down and tend to live off the Jungle and what ever animals they can breed such as pigs, chickens and cows for milk.

The camp had well over 100 visitors during the three days we where there with the majority being young mothers and their children. Allot of issues where preventable such as bad skin or teeth so health education will be something to look at in the future as well as more free health camps and possible dental.

Two cases that stood out where the man who could not move for several days due to pain. After the Doctor had seen him it was obvious he had been taking to many medicines which when mixed caused health problems. The second was a woman with a gal stone and diabetes. She has already lost two toes and is very sick, she had not been shown how to use her glucometer and was not taking her insulin as a result which of course seriously affected her blood sugar levels .. Both cases where easy to treat as it was just about improving their knowledge of how medicines work and how to check and treat themselves properly.

So EHN are hoping to attract more medical volunteers who can come in as a group and help us host these medical camps so we can achieve so much more in terms of helping the local villagers. So if you work or study in the medical profession and would like to know more please contact Phil at philehn@gmail.com 

New medical testing project for 2019

This is the new audio testing system EHN will be using during 2019 mainly to test the hearing of school children but not exclusively. Along with the audio tester we will also be using some eye sight and colour blindness charts so we can check and identify children and people with sight and hearing difficulties. Once children have been identified we will be looking at ways to help and in many cases we expect a pair of glasses or hearing aid will resolve the problem but we do expect a few to need medication or even simple surgery. As this will be the first EHN has offered this type of checking service we can’t give any details or numbers but will collect and repot the stats we collect at the end of year.

The reason EHN decided to expand its services to cover sight and hearing came after finding a few children in several schools that where failing exams and finding study hard. In a couple of cases it was later found out they just needed glasses or a hearing aid. In a country like Nepal it’s hard enough for a young person to have a good career and even if they do well at school so for the ones who fail it’s nearly impossible.

EHN’s Health and Hygiene education projects will run alongside the sight and hearing checks in many cases as we look to help prevent health issues by educating children in more detail on hand washing and spread of bacteria.

EHN would like to thank the people who have donated the money for us to be able to buy the audio testing system and can’t wait to get out later in the year and see how many children we can find and help. None of this would have been possible without your support.

 

All the best EHN Team

 

Trekking in Nepal with EHN

Trek in those mountains with EHN

EHN has never used Christmas or any other festival to ask for donations. To date practically every penny we have received was offered and never asked for. Because at the end of the day our aim is to create a system in EHN where we use what Nepal has to offer this world to raise funds which can then be used to help its people. And Nepal has so much to offer the international traveller in terms of adventure, sport, sight-seeing & of course experience of a completely different way of life.
It`s a policy that we don’t ever want to change but as with all NGOs that want to grow we need more funds, volunteers and donors so one of the ways we would like to generate more funds to help more communities is through a trekking and travel booking service. And this service is a great way for you to combine volunteering with trekking knowing that as a reputable Charity we will only work with companies who are fully trained and offer a great service.
Over the past few years EHN has checked many agents to make sure you get a competitive price and reliable service. In return for booking your adventure though EHN the agent will donate 25% of the profit from your trek or travel package to us to fund our work in Nepal & some of the future projects we are planning to establish.
The money generated from this charity trekking and travel service helps us cover the costs of free health checks and medicines as well as educational toys and materials for the government schools and the new communities we work with.
Anyone using this service also has an open invitation to come see the people and projects we work with and how your contribution is used because both the trekking & volunteering side of EHN will work closely together to continue the great work we are doing.
For more details please contact EHN through our website

Volunteer teaching in Nepal

We are looking for volunteers to teach English in rural schools outside Pokhara in central Nepal. EHN Nepal requires volunteers for a minimum of one month who have a high level of written and spoken English or a background in teaching. The volunteers will take English and computing lessons for 5 to 16 yrs old`s 6 days a week with Saturdays off. Please expect at least one or two religious holidays during your volunteering period as Nepal has many festivals throughout the year with August & October being the busiest festival months. Volunteers stay with local families in the village where the school is located and are expected to live and eat as the family do. We feel this gives you the volunteer a chance to live life as a local and experience what it’s like, plus you get to live in the community they are helping and spend more time in the community. The volunteers will take lessons in English using the schools text books to teach but we do welcome new ideas and lesson plans if you have any? This project is not available from Mid-March to Mid-April and Mid-June to Mid-July due to schools holidays. The schools will also be shut for 14 days sometime between late Sep and Mid October for the Dashian festival which is the biggest in the Nepali calendar. 
Most of the villagers are a mix of castes like Chherti, Brahmin, Gurung and Magar with many living off the land they own and have little option other than to send their children to the free government school. EHN believes that by improving the level of spoken English in rural area’s it will give young adults from those schools more employment opportunities later in life. Most of the money coming into Nepal comes from either aid agencies like EHN or tourism, so anyone looking to work in the tourist industry or for an NGO has to speak English.
The level of teaching in most Government schools in Nepal is low and they seldom get the chance to practice spoken English, just copy and repeat from books so we need volunteers who are happy to interact with the children while teaching. Saying this we cannot change the way in which the children learn to much as the final exam called the SLC (School Leavers Certificate) is a multiply choice type exam and is over 80 years old. 
EHN charges volunteers £12 per day to cover food and accommodation plus help support the project and EHN. 

Volunteering for 2018 with Education and Health Nepal.

Volunteering with the right organisation can be a lot of fun and EHN is one of those right organisations. Because the aim of volunteers is usually to come and help out in various projects and do as much good as possible but at EHN we like the learning to be a two way thing as you will find that the volunteers learns about Nepal at the same time. And we encourage this totally because when you are in a home stay spend time with the family, have fun and see how people in rural Nepal live.

So if you are planning to volunteer in 2018 and looking towards Nepal then why not look at an organisation that has placed around 400 volunteers over the last few years. And we have used some of the money raised from placing these volunteers into helping to build a school, medical centre and many other projects.

If you have medical experience then check out the two hospitals we support because they work with the poorer communities offering free or low cost medical care. Or if you are a group of medical students then why not think about raising the money to fund a medical trek? Spend two weeks out in a village helping hundreds of locals to have free basic medical care?

If your not a medical person then why not try one of the daycare centres or even try your hand at teaching in one of the schools we are supporting. If you have teaching experience you will get chance to do so much more but if you dont have any then your work will be related to helping the students practise their English.

And if those two fields dont interest you then let us know what your looking for and we may be able to help to. So next year come to Nepal and experience rural Nepal at its best while helping others.

New post

First of all EHN has been funding the construction of a new toilet block at Rupa school with money raised and donated by Lynn Guy and her Church group back in the UK. They donated around £7000 to help pay for the construction of the new toilet. We sent the first amount back in April but due to a heavy monsoon building work was delayed. As it stands the lower section of the building is almost done and will open soon with a second floor being constructed at a later date to be used for storage. As with most school toilets in rural schools in Nepal they are not very hygienic and in many cases broken or not working properly which send the children into the fields or bushes. Lynn identified this problem when she was volunteering with EHN at Rupa School and convinced her Church group to donate the annual funds to rebuild a new facility. Lynn will be back in Nepal later this year to see how it’s going and the difference it has made to the children and staff.

Secondly EHN is looking to raise money to help support to two Doctors from Kanti Children’s hospital obtain fellowship degrees. The first doctor wishes to get a qualification in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the other in Haematology. Kanti hospital had a brand new ICU ward open this year but they only have one fully qualified doctor to work in it so they are desperate for ICU doctors. Also the lab needs a Haematologist to help run the tests on blood work and get the right treatment for the children. At the moment the hospital only has an Adult Haematologist but they really need a qualified Paediatric specialist. There are many departments that really need Paediatric qualified doctors but as they need to take a year out of work to study and many of them already have families it hard for them to get the qualifications. EHN is looking to help with their living costs while in India studying the relevant qualification. Once they have completed the course they will be under contract to Kanti hospital for a minimum of 4 years.

Last project I wanted to talk about are the free medical camps EHN runs every year. This year we have seen a decrease in the number of volunteers applying which meant we couldn’t run a med camp in July but we also lost Raju when he had s serious accident and fractured his C2 vertebrae. This meant that with the main member of staff who helps run the med camps out for many months and low numbers of volunteers applying we have had to cancel the free med camps for 2017. What we would like to do for 2018 is raise money earlier in the year to help cover the costs of the free medicine and doctor so we are not reliant on volunteer numbers. What this will mean is we can plan further ahead and offer a free health check and treatment no matter how many volunteers apply.

If you would like to help EHN raise money for either or both of the above projects or like Lynn want to undertake your own project in Nepal but need someone on the ground to manage it please drop us an email.

All the best to one and all and hope to see you in Nepal soon

Medical volunteers required for a children`s hospital in Kathmandu.

EHN is looking for medical students who wish to volunteer in Nepal’s only government hospital for children. We require a minimum of one month commitment up to 3 months with the option to help in various departments of the hospital.
The hospital has various wards and departments including Oncology, Cardio, ICU, Radiology, Surgery, Physiotherapy and Neurology. As an intern you will be working alongside the doctors and nurses in which ever departments you choose. The standard week in Nepal is 6 days with Saturdays off and the day runs from 10am to 4 or 5pm each day.
The hospital sees 100s of out patients a day and runs free vaccination for all children 2 days a week along with the various departments mentioned 7 days a week. Many of the families that bring their children to Kanti with serious conditions have to travel from some of the most remote parts of Nepal as they are unable to get the specialist care their children need. Without Kanti many children would get the care and treatment they need so supporting the hospital and they work they do is a priority for EHN.
With this project EHN and Kanti have a system in place that pays $200 per month of your volunteer fee directly to the Oncology department so they can subsidise or offer free treatment for the children. This is an extremely valuable service as many of the families could not afford the treatment and bills to help fight one of the worst health issues a child could face, cancer.
This is a great chance to see how the only affordable hospital for children in Nepal operates while giving directly to the ongoing treatment of young Nepali children diagnosed with cancer.
As with all projects we look to place volunteer with a local family as a home stay guest with two meals a day provided and a family atmosphere. It is possible to arrange for you to stay in a local guesthouse if you would some more privacy but this would increase the cost.
This project cost is the same as the WRH hospital in Pokhara and costs $650 or £520 per month plus the $105 or £80 admin fee to cover your airport pickup, first two nights in a guesthouse with breakfast, a city tour and your last night in KTM and a taxi back to the airport the day you leave Nepal.
If you wish to know more about this project please contact Phil@ehn-nepal.org

Teaching Volunteers Required for Government Schools

EHN requires teaching volunteers to teach English and computing in rural schools in central Nepal. We need volunteers to commit to a minimum of one month and have a high level of written and spoken English with some experience in teaching. As a volunteer you will be expected to teach English and computing for 5 to 16yrs olds 6 days a week with Saturdays off. So far EHN has sent many teaching volunteers into one of the schools and have already helped improve the average English pass mark from 77% to 88%. We now need to keep this momentum going while also working to improve the children’s IT skills. EHN has recently paid for a solar and battery system to be installed at Rupa School so they can run IT classes all day every day and will have the school online before November. Another aspect of how the school and community benefit from western volunteers is the increased number of new students enrolling at the start of the year. Many areas of Nepal have private schools which charge a fee and many parents feel these are much better but the truth is in many cases the level of education is no better than the Government schools who teach for free. Last year the Government of Nepal issued a statement that if any school enrolment numbers dropped below 10 new students a year they would close the school. As the Government schools are the ones loosing students it may be possible for some areas to have no free education which would be extremely damaging to the poorer families and their children. With the two main Government schools EHN has been working with we have seen an increases in new students over the last year. Rupa has gone from about 11 to 12 to 1 new students this year and Damagde has gone from 13 to 15 up to 30 new students which is amazing in such a short space of time. This is a direct result of the volunteers going in to teach, the free medical camps we run plus the school painting and supply of teaching materials. Never underestimate how much impact you can make even if you can’t see the effect you have or the results while you are there. 
Please expect at least one or two religious holidays during your volunteering period as Nepal has many festivals throughout the year with August & October being the busiest festival months.
All EHN Volunteers stay with local families in a home stay in the village where the school is located and are expected to live and eat as the family do. We feel this gives you the volunteer a chance to live life as a local and experience what it’s like, plus you get to live in the community you are helping. Volunteers will give lessons in English using the schools text books to teach but we do welcome new ideas and lesson plans if you have any? This project is not available from Mid-March to Mid-April and Mid-June to Mid-July due to schools holidays. The schools will also be shut for 14 days sometime between late Sep and Mid October for the Dashian festival which is the biggest in the Nepali calendar. The reason we cannot say an exact date is because most festivals run to a full moon which changes each year which means the festival dates change annually.
Most of the villagers are a mix of castes but most live off the land they own and have little option other than to send their children to the free government school. EHN believes that by improving the level of spoken English in rural area’s it will give young adults from those schools more employment opportunities later in life. Most of the money coming into Nepal comes from either aid agencies like EHN or tourism, so anyone looking to work in the tourist industry has to speak English.
The level of teaching in most Government schools in Nepal is low and they seldom get the chance to practice spoken English, just copy and repeat from books so we need volunteers who are happy to interact with the children while teaching. Saying this we cannot change the way in which the children learn to much as the final exam called the SLC (School Leavers Certificate) is a multiply choice type exam and is over 80 years old. 
EHN charges volunteers £12 per day to cover food and accommodation plus help support the project and EHN. 
If you want to find out more about this position please contact EHN on the email address below.
phil@ehn-nepal.org