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.

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

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.

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.