May 3, 2021

Empowering Girls Amid Covid Risk

A group of girls and boys during a session.
A group of girls and boys during a session.

This quarter, amid COVID-19 crisis, PHASE continued its health, education and livelihood activities maintaining strict protocol on infection prevention. Now that covid situations are getting worse and school sector is closed again. Here we share a story of one of the several girls who participated in our recently completed training and empowerment programme for adolescent girls.

Hajari (name changed) is a 14 years old studying in calss-8 in Yuna Basic School, Bajura. The village is perched on a hilly terrain of Yuna area of Bichchya village, located at a 4 day walking distance from the nearest busroads. Each day she walks about an hour to reach the school. She is one of the empowered girl from PHASE Girls Empowerment Coaching Sessions. Here is what she says about her life and experience taking part in the programme

"Being an elder daughter of my family I have to manage alot of chores before I leave for school. Several times I have to give up classes for household works. But this time, I managed to attend full class. The classes by PHASE Nepal was of different kind. I learned that practices like staying in shed during menstruation, avoiding healthy food like curd and milk during menstruation are wrong practices.I never enjoy staying aside or treated differently during menstruation. I want to share with my parents about such harmful practices, how it can hamper mental and physical growth. The Girls Empowerment 14 days' session had enlightened me. I shared my knowledge with my sisters as well. I hope such practice will get over soon."

PHASE has been running school based capacity building of teachers and adolescent girls with tailored activities to address the local problem and needs and help them in self-empowerment.

We, PHASE team, thank all the donors and supporters for supporting our community based projects and bringing real impacts in the remote communites.

Hajari at her leisure near her home
Hajari at her leisure near her home
Apr 9, 2021

Commemorating the earthquake month 6 years Back with our Story

CGI sheet distribution right after the earthquake
CGI sheet distribution right after the earthquake

Namaste Friends, 

Six year ago, this month, we were hit by the massive earthquake causing a massive loss of lives and livelihoods. PHASE Nepal team would like to commomerate those hard times and express heartfelt appreciations to all the donors, partner agencies and supporters for supporting the neediest communities to rise back. In this short recall, we would like to highlight our major achievments that we are able to materialize with the help of  numerous supporters like you. The rebuilding of houses, schools, heath centres along peoples' livelihoods and hope took significant time, effort, resources and most of all resilience. PHASE was able to support more than 15000 families, first, with immediate relief materials such as food and sanitation package, basic shelter materials and winterization support in the first year and with recovery projects consisting agriculture and vocational training initiatives and economic empowerment in the following years.

Right from the second year of the earthquake PHASE was already able to support 2000 most vulnerable communities with livelihood recovery, initiate the rebuilding of 54 schools via temporary buildings ,5 schools other permanent buildlings that in the most earthquake affected remote villages of Sindhupalchok, Gorkha and Syanga. There we worked in providing reconstruction support in areas where no other NGOs or Government have reached. We also continued running 2 alternative schools at the snowy villages of Tsum area bordering to Tibet in northen-most Gorkha providing quality education in the neediest of times. Similarly in the Health Sector, PHASE contined to support basic primary health care and maternity services in 6 ultra remote areas of Gorkha and 4 similar areas of Sindhupalchok  year right from under the tents . By the end of 5 years PHASE's role was intrumental in ensuring permanent building and basic birthing facilities in these health posts, 5 of which were built directly by PHASE while the others were partly supported by staff and equipment.

Rebuilding Health, Education and Livelihood recovery, PHASE continued with rebuilding 86 different water reservoir tanks and 100s of public taps bringing drinking water service, sanitation and irrigation back in the villages of Sindhupalhok. In Gorkha the devastated walking trails on the mountainous terrains were rebuilt with eco friendly stoned step models reaching more than 70 kilometers, reviving cross village mobility ,thus economy and accessibility to other services. Similarly in Chitwan and Dhading we were able to build 800 houses for the most vulnerable people who were unable to builld a decent shelter even after 4 years of the earthquake. With a theme of leaving no one behind we have been further working with more than 7000 most vulnerable households especially single women, persons with disability, internally displaced and  the elderly with appropriate interventions on sustainable livelihoods, inclusion and economic recovery in Gorkha while also supporting 100 vulnerable people to finally build their houses.

Having hit by another disaster of the Global Covid-19 Pandemic was a big blow for us. Many of our staff got sick and one of our staff passed away because of the contagion despite using all the prevention methods to avoid infection. With one and a half decade providing most essential services such as health, education and livelihoods improvment, we chose to continue our work during the pandemic because in the absence of such services, the community of the remote would have become further victimized, if not by direct infection but definitely by the secondary impact of extended lockdown and complete closure of the essential services. Now that all of us staff have received 1st dose of Covid-19 vaccine, we feel a bit more safe.

This year too, we will still continue to provide high quality services to the most needy and vulnerable communities who are still hit by the long term impact of the earthquake. Most of the  people have forgotten earthquake but  not our team who has the first hand experience of working with earthquake hit poor, marginalized and isolated communities whose scars of the disasters are still deep and we are commited to  fill them a bit with empowering community projects.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Revived schools with building and furnitures
Revived schools with building and furnitures
Maternity Services-Gorkha
Maternity Services-Gorkha
Education and Livelihoods Prioritizing Women.
Education and Livelihoods Prioritizing Women.
Schools, Homes and waste reducer rebuilt this year
Schools, Homes and waste reducer rebuilt this year
PHASE works from tents  - 28th April 2015
PHASE works from tents - 28th April 2015
Mar 25, 2021

Frontline workers receive 1st dose of Vaccines.

PHASE Nepal auxiliary midwife receiving vaccine
PHASE Nepal auxiliary midwife receiving vaccine

Dear Supporters,

        In this update we would like to share a good news that our frontline staff specially health workers have got an opportunity to receive the 1st dose of Covid- 19 vaccine (Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 ). Here is a short note of thanks from the PHASE Nepal's Executive Director Dr. Jiban Karki

Special note from the Execute Director.

          I would like to express my sincere thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Nepal Government, Ministry of Health, Department of Health Services and its line agencies in the province, districts and local levels, hospitals, primary health care centres and health posts for providing an opportunity to get the 1st dose of covid-19 vaccine to PHASE Nepal's health staff and frontline workers.

          By the first week of March, 123 members of PHASE staff and the Executive Board have already received the vaccine in the 1st round. I hope the remaining 38 members from the staff and the Executive Board will also get the vaccinations soon. We are further motivated to continue our work to strengthen the primary health care services in hard-to¬reach areas and vulnerable communities further supporting them with better education, livelihoods, disaster resilience, and research initiatives.

We are also grateful to all of our supporters in this difficult time.

-Dr. Jiban Karki, Executive Director and PHASE Nepal family

       This recognition and support from the government has been possible because of your genereous contribution in our project activities. Your support enabled us to play the role of one of the lead NGOs to providing esential health services in the remote himalayan communities, thus being recognized as the team eligible to receive the vaccine in the first lot.

        Although the 1st dose of vaccines has been provided the risk of infection is always there expecially when the cases are rising in our neighbouring countries like India at the moment. Therefore, we have been extremely careful and have been maintaining strick protocols in running the project activities in the communities such as wearing a mask, making the partipants wear a mask , maintaining social distancing and hand sanitizing. 

        PHASE Nepal will continue to provide its essential services in the remote communities and expresses thanks to all the donors who have contributed to this project to set up funds to support the front line healthworkers.

 
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