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Social Work

Mission Statement

To support the social welfare systems already in place in the villages, primarily the Mothers Committees, with funds to assist them with health and hygiene, develop income generating trades and provide disadvantaged families with emergency healthcare when required.

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Bayapani Health Clinic

The Health Clinic consists of 2 buildings and is situated on a spur above Bayapani, a 45 minute walk from Okhle. It serves a large number of villages in the area. If a doctor or hospitalisation is required, the sick person must be taken to Dumre, a 2-hour bus ride away (the Fathers and Mothers Committees means test the family to assess whether financial help is required). The clinic is open from 10am until 5pm, 6 days a week. The workforce consists of 9 people, 4 members of staff paid for by the government and 4 volunteers. The 2 senior auxillary health workers, who are qualified to give First Aid, distribute medicine and drugs, are paid 9400 rupees a month and their 2 assistants receive 7000 rupees a month. The most common problems dealt with are cuts caused by the use of sharpened tools and and most common ailment is the tapeworm. Thanks to a sufficient diet, infant mortality is low, but children under 5 form the largest group of patients. Polio vaccines are given out to children. The nearest water supply to the clinic is 1km or a 20-minute walk away. The Trust plans to harvest a water supply by using the galvanised metal roofs to feed water into gutters and downpipes and into a concrete storage tank. Estimated cost: £600 Funded by: Jane Duggleby Guttering,downpipes and a 20.000 litre storage tank were installed in 2009 for £600 and the clinic now has a water supply for 4 months of the year. Following the visit of Wey Valley School in 2009, the staff agreed to help the clinic with future funding In 2010 we gave them a further £100 together with a paramedic kit from Wey Valley School and a selection of prescription glasses from Melcombe Regis Rotary. We learnt that the Water Harvesting programme installed in 2008 was now supplying water all the year round. I suspect that villagers in the past had been helping themselves and now sensibly a lock has been put on the tap. Wey valley had been collecting bandages and spectacles since 2009 and gave these to the health centre alongside those collected by the adult group.It was encouraging to see that the Nepalese government have provided funding for the building of a new health centre which was greatly needed including a maternity room. the footings are already in place and we will be able to see the finished outcome next time

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English Language Courses

£72 was given to Sus Bahadurrana to help fund an English language education course and accomodation in Kathmandu.

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Mothers Committees

In the villages the people survive on subsistence farming, so apart from teachers and the occasional nurse there are no professional people. With no policemen, doctors, social workers, etc, the villages have their own ways of dealing with everyday problems: in each village there is a Fathers Committee and a Mothers Committee. The fathers are responsible for rules and regulations and the good order of the village, while the mothers are responsible for social and welfare problems. The Trust has donated �£1500 to the Mothers Committees of Okhle, Ghala, Rbaje, Raipali and Kot Guan. This fund is used for villagers requiring medical help, hospitalisation or help in hardship. For example, the fund has been used to support 3 partially sighted ladies, 2 in Raipali and 1 in Okhle. Cost: �£1500 donated to date In 2009 a further £100 was given to each of the 5 Villages mothers Commiittees In 2010 a further £75 was donated each of the 5 villages. In Rbaje and Kot Guan an extra £25 was found to help with the repair of the roofs of the houses of 2 widows who otherwise would have had difficulty with leaks in the monsoon period. In 2011 £50 was donated to okhle MOTHERS COMMITTEES Wey Valley donated £50 to each mothers committee of the villages of Okhle,Raipali and Ghala. The expedition team would like to express their thanks for being made so welcome at each village

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Sewing Project

This project was initiated in 2006 by keen sewer Jan Hemingway. She brought needles, thread, scissors and fabric and introduced sewing patterns to the Mothers Committee of Okhle. Such was the enthusiasm that the following year, another group brought 3 Singer hand sewing machines and showed the ladies how to use them. In November 2008, another 3 machines together with spare parts and fabric were brought to Okhle. The 2007 machines are still in perfect working order and the ladies showed us examples of the trousers, shawls, dresses, blouses and skirts they had made. To spread the benefits, the Okhle ladies have met with representatives from the villages of Ghala, Rbaje, Raipali and Kot Guan to share their knowledge with the other villages. A further £100 has also been donated to hire a local tailor to give the 5 ladies further instruction in using the machines. There are plans to donate further machines on future trips, the difficulty being that only a limited number can be transported from the UK. The sewing project allows the ladies of the villages to produce their own clothing, save money and even trade their work. Cost: £400 In 2009 a further 6 machines were taken out making 12 in total. In 2010 we had some difficultygetting another 4 sewing machines into the country as a customs official took exception to our bringing old machines into the country. we pointed out that they were badly needed by the villagers and he eventually relented. In Okhle we met up with 3 ladies from the mothers Committee and we gave them £135 which will pay for a course in more advance sewing techniques for 4 representatives. Their acquired knowledge can then be passed on to the other villagers

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Sight Clinic Attendance

Funds have been provided for a partially sighted lady in the village to visit a sight clinic in Pokhara to keep her remaining vision healthy.

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