Feb 16, 2021

PHASE Nepal Health Work during the Covid-19

An immunization event
An immunization event

Dear Supporters,

Please find brief update from PHASE's working areas regarding COVID-19 as well PHASE Nepal community health project and other activites. 

COVID-19 current Situation in Nepal (as of Feb 12)

The overall current national COVID-19 case load has reached 272, 557 with 1,707 active case, and 2,055 deaths.

Covid-19 cases in PHASE Working Provinces

The numbers of total active cases in PHASE working provinces and districts are: Karnali 14 (Mugu 0, Humla 2) Sudurpaschim 69 (Bajura 2), Gandaki 193 (Gorkha 19) and Bagmati 1,191(Kathmandu Valley 1,071 and Sindhupalchok 3).

PHASE Project updates

PHASE team in far-west including health and livelihood team and most of the central team have received the first dose of COVID vaccine and only few has minor side effects after the vaccine.

Girls Empowerment Program: GEP sessions is being held at Ganga Basic School, with 31 girls and 18 boys providing them leadership, health, career development and mentrual hygiene.

Urban health team in Kathmandu have been continuing regular health services and continued people living with disabilities home visit in alternative days and prescribe medicines as required.

Our Mugu staff, have also supported in the COVID vaccination program. Besides, they have continued to provide clinical service and engage in community awareness events like school health education, childcare training, FCHVs monthly meeting, village cleaning program, mother and ANC group meeting, community health education, child right protection training, nutrition workshop, traditional healer’s orientation and public audit. They are also working with local road building groups with refresher first-aid trainings and COVID orientation.

PHASE works for sustainable improvement for the people living in remote communities. Besides clinical care to the mothers and children, we directly engage and partner with the local communities to raise awareness on essentials of nutrition, hygiene, and immunization for a healthy life. We engage them with scheduled workshops and orientation events on preparing age-wise nutritious food, educate new mothers and pregnant women on the importance of ANC /PNC check-ups, and monitoring their baby’s health regularly.

As the COVID-19 situation is slowly coming back to normal, PHASE Nepal will further work on strenthening the health services in hard to reach areas and also empower the communities with other support activities.

Thank you for your support

Nutrition awareness activity.
Nutrition awareness activity.
Post natal care during the home visit
Post natal care during the home visit
Jan 4, 2021

Education Activities in the past year

A girl empowerment training session , Bajura
A girl empowerment training session , Bajura

In this report we will cover the major achievment in the Education project this year. Despite challenges, we were able to accomplish a list of activities in the school sector. 

PHASE Nepal aims to improve the quality of school education by improving physical facilities as well as enhancing the capacity of teaching faculty as well as the school management. In addition, PHASE's education programme also trains and mobilises adolescent youths as well as school child clubs to build leadership in children, develop extracurricular activities and to promote gender equality.

Since March 2020, the education sector has been completely shut down and we hope that the pandemic situation will change soon. Nevertheless, we summarize the range of such activities funded by different international partners in several project locations in the completed fiscal year.

Girls’ Empowerment Programmes

PHASE has been running a series of empowerment programmes intended to address the issues of several geographical regions and cultures. With support from PHASE Worldwide (BLF) and PHASE Austria (City of Vienna) we worked in Gorkha and Bajura districts with the main aim to address cross cutting issues of girls and women in the society and mitigate them with joint mobilization of trained girls and boys for social advocacy and work on gender equality. In addition, the programme motivates and prepares the young girls to complete their schooling and aim for higher education and a career while discouraging the practices like early marriage. The programme is run by the local female facilitators who are trained and mentored by PHASE. The facilitators work closely with adolescent boys and girls of the school and coach them in a peer to peer model in formal and informal sessions. The programme is run in close co-ordination with the school management committee and the local government. A summary of the activities done in this fiscal year is as follows:

 The programme was conducted in January and February before the closure of the schools. The remaining school and community level activities will be continued after the situation settles.

During the programme a total of 32 female facilitators were successfully identified and oriented on facilitation skills (20 Bajura and 12 Gorkha). They were able to conduct three batches of empowerment workshop for girls and boys (1 batch in Bajura and 2 in Gorkha). A total of 400 children (127 boys and 273 girls) from Bajura and Gorkha were directly involved in the empowerment workshops. In Gorkha, young part

Teacher’s Training and Capacity Development

Through a series of interactive teachers’ trainings, PHASE aims to encourage collaborative learning and critical thinking methods within the students. We work to enhance the capacity of the teachers working in the remote locations; this year we organised a short practical series of Teacher Training and refreshers trainings that promote the most practical and easy to use methods in rural and low resource settings. This fiscal year PHASE education team conducted the following 2 different trainings, the Best Teaching Training and the School Mentorship Training to 52 teachers of Gorkha.

Extracurricular Activities on Fridays

Starting from the second week of September, we have been running several extra-curricular activities each Friday in PHASE supported school. We support in facilitating the event and announce the prizes to the winners which is of great interest to the children.

Since the start of the programme, numerous activities such as quiz competition, public speech competition, debate competition, essay competition, math quiz, singing competition, volleyball, and relay race have been organized. With these weekly programmes, children have become confident and are interested to come to school thus showing active participation in the daily classroom activities too.

With these activities, we have been able to take the learning they have in the classroom to practical sessions and have supported active learning. PHASE Nepal's continuous support in school infrastructure, training for teachers and children-focused activities have contributed remarkably in improving the quality of education in the last 5 years.

Principal

Manju Shree Secondary School

Better ECDs, Better Schools

We were aware of the importance of early childhood education for the physical, mental, emotional and social development of child but did not have sufficient infrastructure and training. With PHASE’s support in training and materials our school has well equipped early childhood class and skilled teachers. In addition to upgrading the classroom materials, furniture, and teaching materials, the room has a smart TV screen that enables children to watch several educational materials via a USB stick offline. We are very grateful for PHASE Nepal’s support. Although our school is in a remote village parents’ area comparing the ECD classes we provide with those of the private schools in the urban areas. The children are very keen on learning with the child-friendly play way method introduced to us by PHASE. I am glad that PHASE has supported all 3 ECD classes in our ward.

-        Teacher, Early Childhood Class, Kashigaun

PHASE will continue working in the sector of Education Improvement with additional focus on the recovery after covid-19 crisis and school closure.

Dec 8, 2020

PHASE's continued support to vulnerable earthquake victims this year

Public Infrastructures and private residents made
Public Infrastructures and private residents made

Since 2015, PHASE Nepal has been supporting the earthquake affected communities specially those of remote areas in Gorkha, Sindhupalchok, Chitwan and Dhading. Even in the 5th year of the earthquake some of the isolated communities were still deprived of their homes, schools and health posts. Prioritizing these communities, PHASE Nepal has done a series of activities in this year despite added challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.

Here is a list of activities PHASE Nepal has done in this fiscal year in short.

1. Supported more than 8000 most vulnerable families of 4 different rural municipalities of Gorkha comprised of more than 25 villages in economic empowerment programmes. The programmes were on farm and off farm activities such as vegetable farming, poutry rearing, spice crop farming, mushroom farming vocational trainings like carpentry, automobile driving, electrician and bee keeping. 

2. Completed the construction of 2 high schools in Sindhupalchok in Jugal Rural Municipality.

3. Completed the construction of the 2 health facilities Jugal and Panchpokhari Rural Municipality.

4. Upgraded 8 different schools of Gorkha with improved early childhood classes, computer education and science laboratories.

5. Completed building support to 803 vulnerable families who were deprived of permanent shelter since earthquake in Chitwan and Dhading 

While PHASE Nepal has also started working in COVID-19 response along with its regular community development work, its earthquake related works are still ongoing. The latest activity is the start of housing project to the most needy houseless families in North Gorkha. 

PHASE Nepal wholeheartedly thank all the individual and instititional donors for their selfless support to finally rebuild the communities back from the effects of the devastating earthquake.

 
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