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

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

Medical intern volunteers required for Kanti Children’s hospital 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

Medical volunteers required in Nepal

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

 

 

 

 

 

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