Literacy Improvement Program in Solukhumbu

Literacy Improvement Program in Solukhumbu

The Literacy Improvement Program (LIPS) is a four-year (2016 -2020) pilot project funded by Himalayan Trust New Zealand and Ministry of Foreign Affairs New Zealand (MFAT) to support the Ministry of Education to improve the foundational reading skills of primary school students in grade one through three of 11 schools at Everest region in Nepal. The program involves the whole school community, including parents, to improve the way literacy skills are taught and learned in the early years.

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Student Friendly Toilet Project

Student Friendly Toilet Project

Every child has the right to access a good toilet if and when they need to. Toilets (construction, maintenance and improvement) are unfortunately not often high on the list of school priorities and budgets. The conditions of the school toilets are often one of the most concerning issues for children. As a basic requirement for life, a school toilet not only influences health and wellbeing of the students, but can also contribute to increased morale, academic attainment, behavioural standards and attendance levels. In particular, the state of toilet facilities in schools has a greater impact on girls, as many of them must run home to use the toilet; this then disrupts their lessons and learning.

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Building and Beautification Project

Building and Beautification Project

There are number of problems facing the financing of the educational system in Nepal: insufficient resources and low administrative efficiency. Inadequate resources affect the physical facilities, teachers, and equipment. The physical infrastructure in the schools is often poor. Communities are mainly responsible for building the physical facilities, which are often in dilapidated conditions due to a deficiency of funds. Often school buildings that have been originally funded by the government are not maintained and over time become ramshackle and dangerous. Local communities frequently do not have the financial resources required for the upkeep of buildings.

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Teacher Training Project

Teacher Training Project

Education is a vital part of a child’s development. To educate a child effectively it is required to have teachers who are qualified and skilled. Unfortunately in Nepal, more than 60% of the public schools have untrained and unqualified teachers, mostly in the Primary level of formal education, which is also the foundation of quality education. The basic level of education for teachers in Nepal is often only the achievement of their School Leaving Certificate (SLC). This basic level of teacher education contributes to the difficulties faced when trying to provide a quality education. Teaching in Nepal comprises mostly of traditional teaching styles (rote learning, lecturing and memorisation). The teachers often teach from textbooks as they have very little understanding of modern teaching strategies that engage children’s minds and foster creativity and inquiry.

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Scholarship Project

Scholarship Project

The Government of Nepal has declared free education to all the government schools of Nepal, but there are still a high number of students dropping out of school in the remote areas. One of the major reasons for students leaving school is due to the financial burden faced by their families. More than half the population, in the remote regions of Nepal lives below the poverty line.Every day is a painful reminder of their impoverished life and the arduous struggle they face. These people living below the poverty line can never think of sending their children to school because the cost of providing basic necessities like stationery, school uniforms, school bags and text books, is beyond their financial capabilities.

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Nurses for Nepal

Nurses for Nepal

Nurses for Nepal is a three year project initiated in the year 2017 and funded by Australian Himalayan Foundation to improve maternal and child health in Cheskham and Waku of Lower Solukhumbu. We coordinate with local health post staff and Female Community Health Volunteer to impart basic health awareness topics in primary and secondary school and local health mother’s group.

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Community Health Programme

Community Health Programme

Bung Health Improvement Project is a three year project intiated in the year 2016 and funded by Himalayan Trust NewZealand to improve maternal and neo-natal health in Bung, Lower Solukhumbu. We initiated this project with the concept of Community Action Cycle. 

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Scholarship programme and Birthing centre

Scholarship programme and Birthing centre

Action for Nepal with funding support from Himalayan Trust UK have been providing scholarship programme to Female Community Health Volunteer (FCHVs). Since FCHVs bridge the gap between community and health staff, we have been coordinating our efforts to encourage more local female to enter the health professional line. Two locals, who have also now been appointed as FCHVs are being provided scholarship to pursue Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Medical Assistant course through funding support of Himalayan Trust UK.  After the completion of their course, both the scholarship recipients are looking forward to serve their local health post in Yamphudin, Taplejung.

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Clean & Safe Drinking Water Project

Clean & Safe Drinking Water Project

Water is a basic necessity for life. Most of the human body is made up from water so it makes sense that to keep a body healthy, clean, fresh, safe drinking water is vital. In Nepal,access to safe drinking water is a major concern. As it is usually the responsibility of the women to collect the water, it is even more of an inconvenience. The women of the household often have to walk long distances to pumps, springs and community ponds to collect water. They may have to wait for long periods (in some cases over an hour) to fill their water container, which in turn takes them away from their home and family duties. 

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Environment Conservation Project

Environment Conservation Project

Sagarmatha National Park, where Everest is located, is an area of exceptional natural beauty with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys. But climate change is seriously threatening the park’s ecosystems. Glacial melting is eventually leaving Sagarmatha National Park snowless and destroying the habitats of endangered species such as the snow leopard, red panda etc.Action for Nepal therefore runs Environmental Conservation Projects in Lukla (the gate way to Mt Everest) with the aim of saving this exceptional natural beauty for tomorrow’s upcoming generations and to encourage the visitors to be responsible on their tours.

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