Medical plans for the summer with EHN

Namaste one and all, an update from EHN.. We are currently getting ready for the summer health camps which will run from late July to mid Aug in Kaski district.
The first team is a combination of Brazilian, English and American volunteers who will be helping to run the health camp in talbesi. The second team are from Kuwait and will be working in a new village in Rupakot from the start of Aug..
This year we will have dental at the second health camp for the first time plus we will be able to test eye sight and hearing with the new audio unit and charts.
Also we will be running some health and hygiene lessons for the children as well as taking some time out to go swimming in the lake.
Lastly EHN has approached a large Pharmaceutical distributor in Nepal to ask for sponsorship which if agreed will provide us with free and low cost medicines.

The first me camp volunteer will arrive next week to to do two weeks elective at WRH before joining us on the med camp, another will go to Kanti afterwards to two weeks elective there and one other is going to spend a week trekking and exploring central Nepal.

We will up date you more and and when we have updates and of course we will be posting regularly once the med camp opens. So if you are in the medical profession or even a student and would like to attend a future medical camp then please contact our team with your experience so we can best place you. Alternatively if you are a team of medical professionals or students interested in running a medical camp then please get it touch because we can use your skills to help a number of Nepal communities.

 

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.

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.

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

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