Nepal: Health Post Plans

In Val’s Spring Update, you will have seen that we are going to be working with the Nepal Youth Foundation to build a LED health post in Gorkha or Sundalpulchok, funded by Faith Harckham and friends.

In April, Val went with the Nepal Youth Foundation to visit schools in the Sundalpulchok area and to see some of the buildings provided by the Nepal Youth Foundation.

The buildings have concrete fibre walls and then either brick or stone and a metal roof plus steel structures, all bolted to allow movement in tremors (unlike welded pieces). We’ll be using a similar design for the health post.

Big thanks to Lalit from NYF for his immense time and effort on the site visits, and to Riswor and Anjita at the NYF main office in Kathmandu for helping coordinate arrangements and for information on the building design and materials.

Val says “The local staff working with NYF are all so friendly and helpful and a true delight to see in action”.

Here are some photos from Val’s visit:

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GPs and Greenhouses in the Cordillera Blanca

We are also hoping to have a GP and her husband from the Lakes join us in Quishuar in June and we will be making more greenhouses using plastic bottles following the success of a project that has been running in Scotland with great success.

This will help the local ladies who can then sell some of their produce in the markets in Pomabamba and Lucma along with helping improve the diet of their children.

Veggies in the (old style) greenhouse, Quishuar

The greenhouses can be done with a simple set up and the local children will all be involved in the making of each greenhouse.

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Quishaur health post: summer volunteers confirmed, and welcome Nurse Carmen!

We’re also really looking forward to welcoming Paul, Alex, Joshua and Hugo – medics at Leeds uni – to Quishaur in the Blanca to our health post where they will be volunteering for a month this summer. They are currently raising money for medical equipment and supplies for their trip.

This is fantastic news for us and Carmen, our new nurse there. Carmen has been doing a fantastic job recently with it being the rainy season in the Blanca making it very difficult for folks, so she has been seeing more than the usual accidents as there have been some pretty bad rock falls and floods in the area.

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