Free medical camp in Rupa, Nepal

EHN Nepal’s second free medical camp was in July in Rupa Joyti School by Rupa lake followed by a day at the women’s center we helped funded to build just before the earthquake overlooking Begnas lake.
This medical camp was completely managed by EHN in conjunction with the local community comprised of a mixed team from Brazil, USA, Ukraine and Nepal.
The medical camps are set up in pretty much the same way as all temporary health camps are with a registration desk, triage room, doctor consultation and examination room followed lastly by a free pharmacy.
Volunteers are required to help at one or more of the sections depending on experience but as we will have qualified Nepalese doctors and nurses in the team you won’t be required to treat unless happy to do so. Most of the time you will work alongside the doctors when treating and the Nepali volunteers when doing triage and registration.
EHN also had simple eye sight tests using the charts and audio testing using the portable audio testing system Shoebox from Canada. We found many children with hearing problems due to simple infection caused by poking items in their ears or colds and flu that not been treated correctly. Many only needed anti biotic but with the more severe cases we took them to an ENT specialist in Pokhara for further tests and treatment.
Over the 6 days we ran the medical camp for we had about 500 visitors of all ages with various complaints, many just needed pain killers or anti histamines for back and skin issues and some required further checks at the local general hospital where we refer patients we cannot diagnose properly.
On the last two days back at Rupa Joyti School we taught hand wash hygiene using glitter to show how easy bacteria spread followed by hand washing using a UV gel that highlights bacteria. We ask some children to wash their hands with water only, then under a UV light showed how much bacteria they still had on their hands. Then they were given anti-bacterial soap and washed their hands again where they could see the visible difference of using soap to wash.
Finally at the very end we took the team to lakeside Pokhara for pizza and hot fudge pudding for some well-earned R&R before heading back to Kathmandu.
Higher levels of health encourage longer healthier lives and the knowledge to know how to prevent getting sick or infected only further improves their quality of life.
That is why these medical camps are the foundation of EHN as they encapsulate what we are about as an NGO and how we feel we can help which is why we really want to run more of them in 2020 and in more remote locations. We can only do this with your support whether it’s coming as a volunteer or donating towards the free medicines we provide.

April 1st to 15th is the next medical camp but if you are interested you will need to move fast we only have 3 to 4 spaces left.
If not the last week of July will be the second EHN medical camp then we are looking to push up to 3500m into the Annapurna range to run a two sight med camp firstly in lower Manang then moving up to upper. We don’t have any dates yet but the plan is to run this one at in the last two weeks of August.

If you are a medical student who need to do an elective placement then we can also offer places at WRH hospital in Pokhara or Kanti children’s hospital in Kathmandu which you can do either before or after a medical.

If you are interested in joining us or helping us please contact philehn@gmail.com

www.ehn-nepal.org

Medical camps in Nepal

Back in March this year EHN worked with a local group to run a free medical camp in a Chepang community in the jungle near Hetuda in the south of Nepal.
The med camp ran for three days and had well over 100 visitors of which a fair few were young mothers and their children. Many of the cases where dermo based and just required better hygiene and or creams to ease the rash and dry skin or infections from cuts picked up farming or foraging in the jungle.
The lack of any medical facility in the area and a very low level of education means the Chepang suffer more than most in Nepal and due to their location and lifestyle are not the easiest to get to and help. Better health education along with free health camps help allot which is why EHN tries to provide some health education alongside the medical camps such as the two we ran this summer in Rupa school and Ramkot whenever possible.
April next year will be the first of several medical camp EHN is running in 2020 with the possibility of a high altitude camp in the summer in the Annapurna region some 3300 meters higher than the Chepang village in the flatlands of the south.
If you are looking to do something positive while having an adventure then I think one of the medical camps would be great idea.
EHN does require a certain amount of medical volunteers but we can also take 1 or 2 non-medical volunteers to help manage the project and patients.

For further details on future medical camps and how you can join or help please contact philehn@gmail.com

www.ehn-nepal.org

Med camp planned for April 2020

Med camp volunteers wanted for April 2020.

EHN is setting up a medical camp for the first two weeks of April and are looking for volunteers to help manage and run the camp. A background in medicine is of course an advantage but volunteers without experience will also be able to join on the admin and organising side. So please if you are a fully qualified medical professional or a student looking for a new experience while helping others then this is a challenge for you.

Your duties as you can imagine will be varied depending on the patients that come through the doors but from past experience it can be anything from just a common cold to broken limbs, cuts bruises etc.  Though the majority of your duties will be to provide basic medical checks for the patients and diagnose any potential problems. Please note if there is anything serious then the patient will be sent to the nearest hospital in Pokhara for the care they need.

At the moment we have to finalise the location but the dates will be April 1st to April 15th to cover the med camp but you are welcome to stay longer and join another project or even take some well earned rest and explore this wonderful country. If you would like to do this then please as our guests talk with our team who will help and advise you.

All volunteers live and stay in small groups with local families in a home stay who will provide two local meals a day plus room. The food is freshly cooked and centres around the Nepali Dhal Bhat Tarkari (rice, curry and lentil soup) with noodles, biscuits and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables available.
We will cap the med camp at 10 volunteers so its on a first come first served basis and at present we have 3 to 4 volunteers already looking to book.

If you require any further details please do not hesitate to contact me at philehn@gmail.com or visit us at https://www.facebook.com/EducationandHealthNepal/

Evolving into the organisation we are today

As an organisation EHN has been running in its present form for just over 4 years & around 3 years before that under another name. In our first three years we spent a lot of time learning about the different types of projects & who are genuine & who not. And this time was important because from those three years we have been able to develop the organisation we have today which we are very happy with after deciding we can’t trust orphanage & children’s home owners because they didn’t put the children first.

So in 2015 we got together & decided that we were going to adapt our organisation to what it is today & that’s one that concentrate on education & health projects (or both like our new one we are launching this year). We have distanced ourselves from children`s homes & so called orphanages because they don’t put the children first

Rural Medical camp

 & quite often not care for them at all. We do support several rural farming opportunities because that is where we have experienced our best times in Nepal & feel that as international visitors to Nepal you will really enjoy & learn from the experience.

So from this our aim as we work through 2019 is to concentrate on finding teaching volunteers for a number of schools across Nepal. You have to be fluent in English & ready to talk a lot (because most Nepali will want to practice) even if you are not a teacher. And of course interested in learning about a completely different culture to the one you experience at home.

So if you are interested in volunteering as a teacher with an organisation that has worked for a number of years in rural Nepal having proven them time & time again to be genuine then please get in touch through the website and start your volunteering experience.

EHN July med camp in Nepal

EHN held a medical camp at Rupa School and managed to treat over 215 even though we had a district strike the first day and heavy rain for 3 others.  We won’t have the total costs for a few weeks as we are off again to start another med camp in two days but I can say that the team had some serious health issues to deal with. The Doctors treated three nasty cuts that were glued after being washed of all debris. We used the glue rather than stitches as its quicker to do and leaves less of scar plus is less prone to infection is sealed correctly. All three came back for a dressing change as infection is a major problem with open wounds in Nepal and all three looked very good so we will be using this in all future med camps for smaller serious cuts. Secondly we had a young man who was having Dialysis three times a week and his arm was a mess from all the needles going in. Only 30 years old and without a Kidney transplant he will be lucky to see 40 so we are hoping he will be able to find one soon. Lastly was a little girl who we met at the last med camp in 2015. She has a mental disability but has started walking and is more expressive but still no speech so we are looking to get her and Mum to visit a specialist in Kathmandu in August and of course we will update you on this.

EHN would like to wish a very big thank you to the volunteers Robert, Rhys, Kestra, Raju, Aayush and Suresh for being the team and Maniram the head of the school as always helped with the adverts, banner and of course the use of Rupa school.

If you are a medical team and would like to run your own volunteer medical camp in Nepal then please get in touch with our team.

A new path for EHN to become self sufficient.

EHN was set up as a low cost volunteering organisation providing international visitors genuine projects where they can volunteer. It’s been very successful because in the few short years we have placed over 400 volunteers gained enough attention from sponsors to raise the funding to build a medical centre and rebuild a complete school that was demolished by the earthquakes. On top of this we have funded medical camps and school painting projects as well as many others.

But as an organisation we are still very reliant on the fees volunteers pay to run EHN which isn’t a problem apart from the fact we want to evolve into a self-funding organisation that uses what Nepal has to offer this world. And if we can do this then we can either lower the fees for the volunteers or put more of the fees into the projects thus helping even more than we are now. This would help us, the communities we work with and Nepal as well because it would help to create sustainable jobs across the board for Nepali workers who stay in Nepal.

And the way to do this is to create a funding stream using trekking in the Himalayas. Because each and every year thousands of trekkers come to Nepal every year spending a lot of money on everything from taxis, sight-seeing, food and trekking. And in our eyes a percentage of this money generated should go back into the communities that need it where it will do the most good. Because Nepal is growing slowly and there is a middle class being developed but there is still a lot of work to be done and we would be proud to be part of creating something that allows people to help themselves to build the future.

An update from Nepal

Namaste one and all,

Sorry it’s been so long since my last blog but with Raju needing serious surgery on his vertebrae it’s been a hectic and worrying 5 weeks.  Now he is well on his way to recovering thanks to all the people who have helped and we hope to see him back helping to run EHN in the next few months.

As for EHN we have seen a little decrease in the number of volunteers arriving June to July but already have 11 either coming or already in Nepal now. We hope to see more booking in the later months of the year and will push hard to get the numbers up for 2018. On the projects, Rupa schools new toilet building is looking great and will make a big difference to the school and Damgade School will have the final painting team go in early next year to finish the main school building. Gorkha School has been running for a few months now and all is good there with the children extremely happy to have a new school building. On the hospitals we have had a few bookings for Kanti children’s hospital but really need a few more so if you know anyone looking to work in Paediatrics that wants a short terms internship in Nepal please put them in touch with us.

On the medical camps EHN has tried to run at least two free medical camps per year but unfortunately we won’t be running any this year due to Rajus injury. EHN is a small NGO as many of you know and Sarita the other member of staff has a 1yr old Daughter so without either of them being able to work outside the Kathmandu valley we have decided not to run a med camp in 2017.

We will how ever be looking for both volunteers and sponsors to help fund two or three med camps in 2018 if you are interested in joining us or fund raising to pay for free medicines please just drop us an email.

Nepal on the hole has had a heavy monsoon this year with many landslides blocking roads and disrupting supply routes. In Kathmandu we have been seeing allot more sinkholes popping up around town which we think is due to pipes being damaged or broken during the earthquake in 2015. With the heavy rains allot of soil has been washed away causing road surfaces to collapse. No serious injuries but allot of hassle trying to get around town.

So there is a little update on EHN and what’s going on…

 

Phil

EHN

Volunteer in a childrens disabled centre in Kathmandu

If you are planning to volunteer and love working with disabled children then this one is for you. 

We are looking for volunteers to help look after 10 to 15 disabled children in Kathmandu helping with daily chores such as studying, fun, games and some basic physiotherapy through games and sport.

As a volunteer your duties will be to welcome the children in everyday to play music and games to help with them learn and develop. You will also be required to help clean the home and children, prepare and serve lunch. On some days the children will watch a DVD and on others they may play volleyball or catch in the garden. Allot will depend on the time of year and weather. This position is a full time project meaning volunteers will help 6 days a week with Saturdays off but you will have time off during the day to use internet or do laundry. You are also only about a 15 minute from Boudha the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and about 30 to 40 minutes’ walk from Pashupati the main Hindu temple of Nepal. This is a great place to experience Buddhism up close, either meeting monks in the streets or just relaxing in a local cafe to the sound of Buddhist prayers and horns. The area of Boudha has a thriving tourist industry so you will find plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants plus ATMS if you need to get money.

This project is closed for two weeks at the end of May every year so the staff can take a break plus the home will be close during Dashain and Tihar the two major festivals in Nepal. These religious festivals run by lunar cycles so the dates change every year. However these festivals are always somewhere from Late Sep to Mid Nov.

EHN requires volunteers who are happy to volunteer for a minimum of 1 month for this placement only. We feel this will give you and the children longer to build a bond plus it will give you time to have a greater effect.

For more information regarding this project please contact us on the email address below.

The Way EHN work

EHN charge’s £12 or $18 per day plus an £80 or $120.  We pay about 70% (depending on the exchange rate) of your money directly to the home with the rest going towards the running of EHN. The fee doesn’t cover luxuries such as beer, chocolate, internet, laundry and some souvenirs. Everything else is covered by EHN including your airport pickup and drop off and a city tour as part of admin fee payment.  In the case of this project EHN has already used an additional $2500 for two new roofs and relining the well for safe water. So even with the 25 to 30% EHN retains we still look to use any extra funds to support the relevant project.

Full payment is due at least one week before arriving in Nepal, either on the EHN website or direct to EHN UK in London.

Should you cancel during your agreed duration of volunteering EHN cannot offer you a refund as your fee is a donation to 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

 

Medical professionals wanted for a free med camp.

There are still places for the medical camp this summer if you are interested? We need to recruit a min of 6 medical staff to work alongside our Nepali team so if you have the skills and are coming to Nepal then please read the information below and get in touch. 

EHN Nepal requires volunteers with medical experience to help run med camps in villages in Nepal. We have seen many clinics built but not used by the locals as they either don’t have the time or can’t walk down to the centre and therefore go untreated. This coupled with the lack of good health care practices mean rural Nepali’s have little or no health care that they can use or trust locally. EHN wants to be able to offer these rural communities better health care for free. We can only achieve this with the help of volunteers and sponsors.

EHN has run several med camps over the last few years with the average group consisting of 4 to 10 volunteers. The projects normally last 5 to 7 days max including one day off a week plus travel days. The volunteers will always be accompanied by qualified Nepali medical staff including at least one Nepali doctor. We also use Nepali students from Kathmandu to help with translation between the volunteers and locals to help with research and diagnosis. In most cases the med camps are run from local schools using one or two classrooms if the community does not have a specific building for community events.
EHN is looking to run two or three free med camps every summer in July and August so if you have a back ground in medicine or wish to move into that field this may be the project for you.
If you are interested in helping in an EHN med camp please email Phil Palmer at

phil@ehn-nepal.org

Volunteer teachers required for rural schools in Nepal

We are looking for volunteers to teach English in two rural schools outside of Pokhara, this project is close to the Annapurna range and next to lakes Begnas and Rupa.  We require volunteers for a minimum of one month who have a high level of written and spoken English. You will support the Nepali staff and take English lessons of all ages on a 6 day week. In most schools Friday is a half day but please expect at least one or two religious holidays during your time volunteering.  The level of teaching in most Government schools in Nepal is low and they seldom get the chance to practice spoken English, just copy from books.  

The volunteers will stay with a local family in the village the school is located living and eating as the family do. This will give the volunteer a chance to live life as a local while helping that community’s level of education in their Government school.  The volunteers will take lessons in English using the schools text books to teach but we would welcome new ideas if you have any?  The children age from Kindergarten to 16yrs old with a slightly higher number of boys in most classes.

This project is not available from Mid March to Mid or Mid June to Mid July due to schools holidays. The schools will also be shut from the end of Sep for two weeks for the Dashian festival which is the biggest celebration in the Nepali calendar.

Most of the villagers are of mixed caste and background but nearly all live off the land they own and have little option other than to send their children to the free government school in their area. 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, anyone looking to work in the tourist industry has to speak English.

The Way EHN work

EHN charge £12 or $18 per day plus an £80 or $120 admin.  About a third of the money you pay goes to the home stay you’ll be living with. The remainder is split between EHN and the project with EHN normally only retaining 20%. All you need is enough to cover luxuries such as beer, chocolate, internet, laundry and some souvenirs. Everything else is covered by EHN including your airport pickup and drop off and a city tour.  In the case of this project EHN will be discussing with the hospital community board how best to use money as they need equipment, another fulltime Doctor and an Ambulance at present with a new hospital being built.

If you want to find out more about this position please contact EHN through this link

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