The CAN Nepal Operation
The office staff in Kathmandu are an integral part of our operation. Without their commitment to efficiently help implement requests from the UK, nothing would happen in Nepal. (Click here for a printable copy of the address and directions to the CAN office in Kathmandu)
CAN operates across nine districts, Dhankuta, Makalu, Solu Khumbu, Sindupalchowk, Nuwakot, Kaski, Rasuwa, Lamjung and Gorkha and within these districts CAN supports 17 different communities. Each community elects three CAN General Members and from this body an Executive Board is formed at the AGM which is held in February each year when every elected member will serve for a three year overlapping term. In effect every grass-root area is represented in the structure of the organisation in Nepal.
The conduit between the Nepalese Executive Board and the UK is Murari Gautam our Country Representative. All information and communications on general issues regularly take place daily between myself and Murari.
The staff based in the Kathmandu office, apart from Murari are two Senior Nurses, Kalpana Khadka and Sunita Tamang. CAN also has 20 field based nurses including an office based supervisor, Nirmala Lamichhane. CAN has recently agreed to take over the health provision in the Tsum Valley from PHASE Nepal and in June 2016 have appointed six new health professionials. As their appointments came after publication of the One Year On document [see elsewhere on the website for the flipbook version] we have listed their names below: Staff nurses appointed are Rajani Gurung from Gorkha district, Laxmi Adhikari from Ramechap district and Ishwori Aryal from the Sindhupalchok. The three Health Assistants are Prasama Lama from Gorkha District, Chet Kumari Magar from the Solu and Saraswati Rai from the Sankhuwasaba district. A warm welcome is extended to them all and we hope they settle into their new roles and enjoy working for the CAN family.
At community level each Health Post and the nurses are supported by a community health committee. Each Health Post has a nurse qualified in midwifery and one with clinical skills and a helper selected from the community. Each nurse is appointed to a health post for a two year overlapping term which is then rotated yearly after the annual health training workshop which is held in Kathmandu in October. Many of our nurses are married and have young children and it is a mark of their dedication that those serving in the remotest of the CAN areas don’t get to see their families that frequently.
CAN has now handed over the Health Posts at Ghyamrang, Walung [Makalu] and Gurje to the Nepalese Government. CAN does train the nurses at these three Health Posts and continues to monitor these Health Posts.
Keshab Adhikari joined CAN following the earthquakes in April/May 2015 and has worked tirelessly visiting sites and drawing up plans for the rebuild as well as spending hours in meetings with government officials awaiting formal approval. Keshab has also worked in close liaison with staff from WYG in Leeds, UK who have been offering technical support to CAN. This support has proved invaluable not only for CAN’s projects but also in providing Keshab with hands-on work experience in the WYG offices in the UK. His visit to the UK in July 2016 was memorable for all sorts of reasons especially a visit to Lord’s Cricket Ground to watch the MCC take on Nepal – a match in which Nepal had a convincing victory.
CAN Technical and Liaison Officer
Suman Thapa Magar has joined the team in August 2015 and has the responsibility to oversee CAN building projects working in close cooperation with Keshab. CAN will only support a community providing they submit the appropriate request supported by the agreement to contribute manpower to the value of 30% of the total cost, to consider the environmental impact of the project and eventually the sustainability of the project if on-going costs are to be incurred.
Suman will estimate the cost of the project based strictly on local costs not the inflated rates that are often passed onto foreign investors. This information is then forwarded to the UK for the Trustees discussion. Once it is agreed to start a capital project Murari is informed and he discusses it with the Executive Board. Suman will then visit the community to form a Construction Committee. Subsequent visits will be made at periodic intervals by Suman to sign work off to an agreed point. Only then will money be paid over and the next stage started. Finally Suman will visit the project to complete all the snagging work and chair a public audit of all the bills. If the community agree that everything is in order the building will be handed over, however CAN continues to monitor the use of the building and an agreement is entered into by the community to maintain it to the best of their ability with CAN’s support.
Purna Gautam who is the head teacher at Melamchigaun School oversees our education projects. CAN has twenty three teachers in all working alongside government teachers in government schools, eight of which have been funded and built by CAN.
Mrs Komal Khadka, Mrs Kalpana Pandey, Mrs Suk Maya, Mrs Sirjana Ranjit and Neelam Gurung, Mira Maya, Lami Maya, Mitra K Gurung, Tara Gurung, Nita Mahaarjan and Nilu Shrestha. The male staff are Chet Bahadur Magar, Kiran Adhikari, Nirja Bahadur Rai, Prem Prasand Pokhrel, Ramji Shah, Ramchandra Adhikari, Keshav Sapkota, Sagarmani Pokhrel, Tika Ram Limbu, Surendra Psd Dahal, Ramesh Kumar Rai, Badri Prasad Nepal, Hira Kumar Khadka, Madan Kumar Rai are CAN’s present teaching staff.
Finally but by no means least there is Binita Strestha who, assisted by Laxman Thapa (Accounts and Admin Assistant), manages the finances. This is a complex part of the CAN operation due to the different financial procedures that exist both in Nepal and the UK. By December CAN (Nepal) will have submitted an annual budget that covers all aspects of CAN’s operation in Nepal, this is then considered by Doug and the UK Trustees. Eventually the agreed finance is in turn drawn down in the form of quarterly requests as appropriate for the work due to be undertaken in that quarter. The funds are transferred into the INGO account where they are signed over to the NGO account at the appropriate time. Binita works with the INGO and the NGO accounts, dealing with the accounts paperwork that accompanies the financial transactions.
CAN Project Management
Murari generally oversees the CAN operation and ensures that the projects CAN has taken on with the approval of the trustees and the vital support of our donors are dealt with. He works closely with the direct line managers of all Nepali staff. He also liaises with other INGOs, government and relevant regulatory bodies in Nepal and regularly visits the CAN communities to profile the work of CAN and to represent the UK arm of the organisation at grass-root level.