Education & Healthcare Projects

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BAHRABISE–  School for Deaf Children

Bahrabise Regional School for Deaf Children was started in the year 2000 and, tragically, was completely destroyed in the earthquake of April 2015. No one was hurt when the school and hostel buildings collapsed but the children were extremely traumatised. For the past 18 months the children have been living in well insulated temporary accommodation and being taught in temporary classrooms but have regained their happy smiles. The One Year On Progress Report details future plans for the school. We are delighted to report that, after the demolition of the school and hostel buildings, work on the new school began in October 2016.

People with disabilities face challenges in Nepal. Unfortunately there is sometimes a social stigma attached to disability and the state provision for care and support is limited. CAN built the large, two-storey school. The hostel was built and extended thanks to grants from many individuals including donations in memory of Debbie Crichton, funds raised by Gerry Galligan and the Glen Walk Group, The Catternach Trust, The ERSF Trust, David Spear and many friends and regular supporters of CAN.

Bahrabise isa Regional School for Deaf Children. CAN funds one full time and two part-time teachers, stationery, teaching materials, sports equipment and has provided additional quilts for dormitories. CAN has also provided the school with four new computers and a colour printer enabling the children to access the internet. Vocational training includes fruit, vegetable and rice production. CAN purchased additional adjoining land for cultivation by staff and pupils. They now produce bananas, coffee, pineapples, mushrooms, potatoes and many other vegetables. There is now sufficient basic food for the school and a surplus which is sold locally to provide additional income for school funds.

CAN nurses visit to give first aid training, health materials and medicines. The Social Welfare Council has recently commented that the children now regard the school as home.

New School Uniforms

Thanks are due to UK Scouts and their Leaders Graham and Julie Earnshaw, who have funded new school uniforms for all the pupils at the school. This was an unexpected gift to the school. The Scout Group had been working on other CAN projects in Nepal during Oct/Nov 2012 and had a small surplus of funds left. After discussion with CAN staff it was decided to purchase new uniforms for Bahrabise pupils. This is a great morale booster for all the pupils and they do look really smart now!

A new chain link fence has been built around the school during the summer of 2012. The school is situated near to ariver therefore a secure fence is essential for the children’s safety.

This fencing was kindly funded by St James’s Place (SJP) Foundation, via Alastair Buchan from the company. Alastair was part of a large expedition SJP made to the Everest area in 2012. During the expedition Roger Owen of SJP climbed to the summit of Everest with Mountain Guide Kenton Cool. Roger now blames Doug for this, as he saw Doug lecture about Everest when he was a school child and decided one day he’d have to climb it himself!

The expedition has raised funds for the Foundation which will be used across various projects to help disadvantaged children around the world, including Nepal. To find out more about the St. James’s Place Foundation and the work they do click here to visit their website.

Art Project – ‘Bahrabise’s Got Talent!’ Art Exhibition in Chamonix Summer 2010

Andy Parkin, one of the UKs foremost modern climbers, is also an accomplished artist. He has very kindly run an art project for CAN at the school which has led to the discovery of some fabulous artistic talent, an art exhibition in Kathmandu and a Summer 2010 art exhibition of the work at the Tourist Centre in the alpine town of Chamonix, where Andy lives. Projects such as these are not only great fun but also this build great confidence in the pupils. Click through the gallery below to the fabulous paintings.

Completion of the school hostel in 2014

During 2014 the final work to complete the school hostel at Bahrabise was completed. This involved fitting out the electrics and plumbing,  joinery and plastering works and final decoration of the rooms.

CAN and the pupils and staff at the school are delighted that this final phase of the construction work is now complete. The rooms will beused for accommodation and will enable the girls and boys to have separate facilities.

CAN would like to thank the St. James’s Place Foundation who funded the final work at the hostel. Their help is much appreciated. In 2012 they also funded the new fenceline installed at the school. To find out more about the St. James’s Place Foundation and the work they do click here to visit their website.

We would also like to thank all those who helped in the initial major construction work at the school including donations in memory of Debbie Crichton, funds raised by Gerry Galligan and the Glen Walk Group, The Catternach Trust, The ERSF Trust, David Spear and many friends and regular supporters of CAN.

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BODHE –  School

CAN constructed the two storey Shree Bajramai Lower Secondary School 15 years ago.

It is the furthest east of all CAN’s projects.

Following the earthquakes in 2015 the building survived although the fabric was affected by the earth tremors. Surveys are being undertaken to ensure the children are having lessons in a safe environment.

CAN funds one science teacher and has provided science equipment.

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GHUNSA –  School and Health Post

The school CAN had built nearly 20 years previously was badly damaged in the earthquake with only one of the school buildings repairable. This has been a great sadness as Ghunsa school and health post were CAN’s first projects in 1995/96. Classrooms and the teachers’ hostel have been taken down and materials prepared for recycling. Work on rebuilding the school is well under way as is the reconstruction of the teachers’ staff room/hostel. This hostel is being funded by Association CIEL de Ghunsa [ACdeG] who have been funding teachers for over two years although CAN will cover the cost of the interior work following construction.

Through the financial support provided the school has been enabled to raise the school status to secondary level.

CAN’s flagship health post stood up remarkably well to the earthquakes with only minor cracks appearing in the walls. A Nepal Project Group from Yorkshire did a good job patching up the walls with a strong cement mix and repainting all the woodwork. CAN funds two nurses, one helper, medicines and equipment. CAN also promotes health education, first aid training and provides worming treatment. A Health Camp held in February 2016 saw 1,056 patients over three days who presented with general, surgical, eye, dental or gynaecological problems.

The Health Post contains an integrated minor surgery room enabling CAN nurses to offer an improved health care service to the local community.

CAN has provided support for training in kitchen garden development and fruit cultivation. It has also supported ‘lead farmer’ training and a ‘group formation and mobilisation’ programme. Following the earthquake all these initiatives are being revisited as they are seen to be essential to community health and sustainability.

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GHYAMRANG –  School, Health Post, Income generation

The school survived the earthquake without damage although a new road built by the community below the school caused landslip. The land has now been stabilised using gabion protection work and a retaining wall has been built. CAN has re-roofed and extended the school and built a large sanitation block.  CAN funds the salaries of two teachers, provides school materials and has, in the past, run a nursery in the village. Support is being provided by Murari and members of the management committee to ensure the enthusiastic teachers are well supported.

Health Post

The building had been built by CAN which stood up well in the earthquake except for a gable end that collapsed above wall height. Earthquake resistant features have now been put in place during the rebuilding. Since 2011 this Health Post, which is well established, is able to operate with reduced CAN support, as extra help is provided from the Government. This has enabled scarce CAN resources to be released for other rural areas with no health provision.

A Health Camp in 2006 CAN saw approximately 1200 patients in three days dealing with general, surgical, eye and gynaecological problems. A dental team visited in November 2012 and treated 57 patients.

Income Generation Project

CAN has financed the construction of six looms and Allo [nettle cloth] production training. This has also been supplemented by the community Mother’s Group who have researched additional training opportunities and possible markets for the cloth. CAN also supports the development of the Mothers’ Group. Other areas of support provided by CAN include a kitchen garden programme, fruit cultivation, group formalisation and mobilisation programme, a water mill, blacksmith, bee keeping support, ‘lead farmer’ training.

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GOLA –  Health Post

Following an approach from the villagers CAN opened a Health Post at Gola, near the Tibet border in 2011.  Gola is the centre of a large and scattered community. It is on an ancient trade route going North towards the Tibetan border and is famous for growing cardamom.

The villagers are delighted to have a Health Post and regularly donate pots, pans, food and items of furniture to make the nurses feel welcome and greatly appreciated. With additional support from CAN a small extension has been built to provide separate living accommodation for the nurses.

Construction was originally started by the local community when two extra rooms were added by CAN and all the other rooms were brought up to CAN’s specifications. CAN is confident the local people will continue to be committed to the project since it is a very busy Health Post and one of the few in the area.

Health Post Report 2011 – 2012 Click here to view a report (pdf) from CAN nurses detailing patient numbers and treatments during 2011 – 2012

Health Camp at Gola March 2012

The Health Post was pleased to be the venue for a Health Camp between March 21st – 23rd 2012. This was a partnership project between the District Health Office, Doctors, Paramedics and CAN nurses and staff.

590 local villagers registered as patients and received treatments including dental extraction, gynaecological services, lipoma removal,  and vasectomies.

Thank you for your support:

CAN is particularly grateful to Mountain Equipment and to the Everest Marathon Fund for helping to fund the operation of Gola Health Post.

Mountain Equipment

Mountain Equipment is a British company with a long association with Doug Scott. Most of Doug’s famous climbs and expeditions have used Mountain Equipment clothing and gear. Today they make high quality outdoor equipment which will take you on a ramble around Derwentwater in the Lake District right up to the summit of Mt. Everest. Click here to visit their website.

The Everest Marathon

The Everest Marathon is a 24/26 day holiday in Nepal organised by Bufo Ventures Ltd, combining sightseeing in the capital Kathmandu, a hard trek in the Everest region (vital for acclimatisation), ascents of Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar for the best views of Everest, and then, one of the most gruelling races in the world.

The race starts at Gorak Shep (5184m), just below Everest base camp, and finishes in the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar (3446m). The course is a measured 26.2 miles/42 km and, although it is basically downhill, the trail undulates and there are two steep uphill sections.

Everest Marathon Fund

The Everest Marathon is a charity race and one of the main reasons for organising the race is to raise money for various Nepalese charities.

To this purpose the Everest Marathon Fund was registered as a UK charity (number 1005422) to promote health and education in rural Nepal.

Application and selection – feeling fit –  then perhaps you might like to take part?

The next race is planned for November/December 2013. An Online Application Form is now available which will remain open until 30 April 2013 or the race fills. Places are offered on receipt of the application provided that suitable experience has been given. The organisers require recent experience of off-road, trail, fell or mountain running. Click here to visit the Everest Marathon website.

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GURJE –  Health Post

This page is currently in development (April 2013). We hope to have the completed page on line in early May.

Thank you

Gurje Health Post Report 2011 – 2012 Click here to view a report (pdf) by CAN nurses detailing patient numbers and treatments 2011 – 2012

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LANGTANG and MUNDU –  Schools, Health Post, Income generation

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LIHI GAUN–   School and Health Post

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KARKI DANDA–  School sanitation

CAN built a sanitation/toilet block at Karki Danda but, unfortunately, the school has now part collapsed due to subsidence.

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KUTUMSANG–  School, Health Post

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LAPCHA –  School

CAN built the Upper Primary School and nursery class-room at Lapcha.

CAN funds two teachers, teaching materials and stationery. It financed the building of the nursery school and funds two nursery teachers.

CAN nurses from Ghunsa provide a health education and a worming programme.

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MELAMCHIGAUN –  School, Health Post

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MILAREPA –  School, Health Post

Click through the picture gallery above to see some of CAN’s work at Milarepa village

In 2009 the CAN school at the village was very badly damaged by landslides and a flood.

We are therefore pleased to report that the school is now being re-built on higher ground on the opposite side of the river, below the CAN Health Post. Work is progressing well and we would particularly like to thank Aiglon School, in Switzerland and ex- staff member Bill O’Connor who raised a magnificent $3000 to support this rebuilding.

CAN built the Health Post. CAN also repainted the Milarepa rock carvings. CAN funded the construction of a fish-farm which was recently washed away in a monsoon flood so violent it also took out two government bridges, part of the school and three houses. Thankfully no-one was injured in the incident.

CAN funds two nurses and a helper at the Health Post, and a previous health camp at Milareppa saw 550 patients.

CAN has supported kitchen garden development, fruit cultivation, and soil testing programme. It has also supported a water mill, fish farming, lodge development, adult education, bee keeping, and lead farmer training. The Mother’s Group have received group formation and mobilisation training.

Health Post Report 2011 – 2012 Click here to view a report (pdf) from CANnurses detailing patient numbers and treatments during 2011 – 2012.

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NORTH GORKHA –  Health Posts

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The ‘keys to the door’ of a new hostel at Jaya Devi School were handed over to the local community on 25th April 2012.

Tej Tamang and Gobinda Sharma from CAN were delighted to attend the opening ceremony of this much needed hostel. Click through the picture gallery above to view photos from the opening day event.

The hostel was funded and built through the generous help of West Yorkshire Scouts UK. This Leaders of this Scout Group are committedCAN supporters and have assisted at other CAN projectsincluding Melamchigaun. At Purano Duwar the Scout Leaders spent much of their visit to Nepal building the the new hostel. Their planning and preparation was very thorough – they learnt the skills needed byconstructinga ”test building’  back in the UK! The photo gallery below shows the Scoutsduring their time at Purano Duwar.
The plaque marking the building of Jay Devi school hostel by West Yorkshire Scouts: Nov 2010
Graham and Julie Earnshaw with Gobhinda Sharma from CAN on the building site for Purano Duwar Hostel
\"Smile please\" - West Yorkshire Scout Leaders photocall during the building of the school hostel
Purano Duwar School Hostel part way through the build

CAN built the school and sanitation block. It also put in a 12 kilometre water pipe to provide clean water.

CAN built the school and sanitation block. It also put in a 12 kilometre water pipe to provide clean water.

CAN financially supports two teachers, stationary, teaching materials and the supply of library books.

Although CAN does not have a Health Post in Purano Duwar health staff do visit the community to provide health education and a worming programme. Small general health camps have been run for the community.

CAN Community Motivator has provided the training for fruit and bamboo production and kitchen garden development and ‘lead farmer’ training.

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RIBAN –  School

CAN has constructed a large sanitation block at Riban school.

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ROHI GAUN –  School

CAN has provided a new school roof.

CAN funds one teacher, the stationery and teaching material costs at the school and has funded maintenance work on the school.

CAN nurses from Ghyamrang provide health education and a worming programme.

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WALUNG –  School, Health, Community

CAN’s work at Walung has covered all areas of our work from health, education, community development and heritage. The Health Post has been generously supported by The Frank Davies Family Trust for many years and they have recently increased their financial commitment to this valuable work. The local community got their chance to thank their funders when Cate and Ben Davies visited for the first time in autumn 2011.

CAN built the Health Post, the Gompa and installed pipes (three kilometres) for clean water.

CAN financed and oversaw the building of the large Gompa and its on-going maintenance.

CAN runs adult education classes in the Gompa and supports the Mother’s Group.

CAN funds two nurses, a helper, provides the medicines, instruments/equipment and first aid training.

CAN supported the community to develop a telephone service based in the Health Post which is now generating a steady income to help sustain CAN village infrastructure.

Walung (Makalu) Health Post Report 2011 – 2012 Click here to view a report (pdf) by CAN nurses detailing patient numbers and treatments 2011 – 2012.

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