The Upper Indrawati Project
The project will be based in Bhotang and Baruwa VDC’s, in the Sindhupalchok District of central Nepal, which was hit hard in the 2015 eaurthquakes. We aim to work with the villages in these VDC’s to help improve the living standards for the local children and families, with healthcare, education development and basic infrastructure to enable this to occur, with an eye to helping build sustainable communities through economic development opportunities and conservation.
The community will participate in the design and management of the project through working with PHASE Nepal, HDFA, School Management Committee’s (SMC’s) and in the first year of the project, the development officer.
We will employ a development officer to work with the community and create a needs analysis and work out the logistics and costs tailored to the communities rather than a blanket approach to the project. Other likely initiatives to be amended within the project in years two and three (and possibly into Phase II of the project) are women’s empowerment, adult literacy, teacher training, and agriculture practice improvements.
Our philoshophy when working with local communities on development projects is to involve them as much as possible at all stages from design to implementation and review. As such, as our delivery partner, PHASE Nepal have been working with the local communities and have identified the need for better health care facilities which we have identified in the early part of the project. The employment of a Project Development Officer for Year 1 will allow us to work with the local communities to develop a plan that they have some ownership of. Therefore, some of the specifics of the project will be driven by the beneficiaries of the projects.
The principal focus of the project: health, education development and sustainable development through agriculture and livelihoods projects. The project will empower local health worker(s), teachers, agriculture and livelihoods workers and the VDC’s by educating them directly, and assisting them to develop community outreach programs to educate their community.
The project will assist the community in building relationships with government and non-government organisations in Nepal with which they can collaborate to the benefit of both parties. The aim is for them to be able to work alongside the government and NGO’s to build sustainable communities.
Employing Healthcare staff (1 nurse supervisor and 4 auxiliary nurse midwives) to manage and work in 2 Health Posts in the VDC’s.
Over a thousand households would benefit from this project, 624 households in the Bhotang VDC and the 487 households in Baruwa. The project would create access to a health care facility when needed that would otherwise not be available, in particular young children, new and expectant mothers and those with acute health issues.
The education sector programmes include activities which increase awareness about education, raise the capacity of SMCs and PTAs, and improve the quality of teaching and learning environment in schools.
Staff and students The direct beneficiaries would be those staff and students who are engaged in education at the targeted schools . Total number of students attending school are 465 students in Baruwa VDC and 670 students in Bhotang VDC.
The indirect beneficiaries are the families connected to the students who attend the schools through the better provisions for education and training in the villages.
Agriculture and Livelihoods
Livelihood activities will be aiming at self-sustaining changes in local farmers’ skills, diversity of crops and access to markets. They are likely to include the formation of local cooperatives and farmers’ groups which will be linked with government agricultural extension services.
The direct recipients of our support would be families who have access to land for cropping and livestock in the VDC’s. Other members of the community would also benefit by having direct access to the food that these crops and livestock provide. The community as a whole would indirectly benefit from commerce and trade opportunities and become less reliant on external inputs.
After this initial project, HDFA intends to continue to support the community via potential opportunities for volunteer teachers/trainers and potentially financial support (e.g. for materials) for the projects that we support and identify.