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

 

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.

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.

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

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