Help in the community

The Friendship Clinic provides funding for numerous small projects within the community. This has included: providing temporary (and permanent) dwellings to those that have been dispossessed from their lands due to the monsoon, funding for additional classrooms to be built, buying sewing machines for income generation, providing computers to the secondary school, improving health and sanitations at both local schools and settlements.

These are some of the projects that we helped:

Monsoon – This year’s monsoon was the worst it has been in recent years, with both the Rapt and Narayani rivers flooding the Terai. In one-night 23 families living in one of the poorest areas (which are generally close to the rivers), lost their homes and all their possessions under 1½ meters of water. The Clinic crisis relief program, led by Ram Bhandary coordinated the resettlement of the dispossessed families to a safe site. Wood and plastic sheeting for a temporary refuge were quickly sought, and with the Clinic providing a work party and some participation from the Village Development Committee (VDC), shelters were quickly erected. Bedding, a kerosene burner, some basic cooking utensils and children’s clothing was also supplied. After the weather settled, a new well was drilled to provide fresh water for the camp. Until the provision of the well, the villagers had to obtain water of doubtful quality from the nearby river and carry into the camp. To combat the inevitable onset of diseases caused by the polluted water, the Clinic held a health camp for all-comers over a two-day period. 350 patients were seen; the majority of these were children. The monsoon health camp was located in Jitpur. The village affected is in an area that the Clinic in partnership with NEWAH and WaterAid, will, within the next 5 years, populate with wells and sanitation units. In addition to providing medical advice, the camp provided health education to help people cope with the disastrous situation. During the duration of the monsoon the Clinic staff at the camp and in the Clinic saw a total of 670 patients.

School extention - Funded mainly by a generous gift from the Yoga Centre, Gibraltar, the Sajapur Secondary School extension comprises a detached building with two rooms. These will be used to teach two classes of between fifty and sixty students. The extension was required to alleviate the problem of overcrowding and to avoid some classes having to be taught in the open air in all weathers.

Income generation - The Clinic donated a sewing machine (cost NRs 4,500) as an income-generating project to a lady in Buddhanagar. Her husband had died and her house and entire possessions were burned in a fire. She had no relatives to call upon and five children to support and was without any prospects at all, so the project made use of her sewing skills.

computer - Earlier this year 12 computer stations were given through Clinic Nepal to Shree Janaki Higher Secondary School in Meghauli by MAHAG of Munich. The facility (the first in Chitwan) will be used to extend the education of pupils and to provide up to date research facilities.

Hygeine - Local School Hygiene improvement (water/toilets/training) Shree Janaki School is designed to provide integrated drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education programmes to the higher Secondary School. It will benefit 1124 Students (606 Girls & 518 Boys). This project was completed in October and handed over to the School by Mr Matt Dyer.

Medical equipment- Clinic Nepal was very fortunate to receive over $104,000 (£65,000) of medical equipment from the Medshare International Organization, in the United States of America. Clinic Nepal was very happy to present 80% of this equipment to the government hospital in Bharatpur. Thus improving the some of the facilities at the government hospital, where many of our patients attend in order to receive further treatment. This hopefully showed our appreciation, and further cemented our links to the hospital where many of our sponsored operations take place. The remaining 20% were presented to the Kidney Transplant (Birr) Hospital in Kathmandu.

Emergency aid - During the monsoon season (June, July, August) a neighbouring village was largely damaged when the Narayan River flooded. As a result, many houses and crops (necessary to provide enough food for the year) were destroyed. The people of the village affected by the flooding were seeking donations to build a stone wall/dam to stop this re-occurring in the future. Clinic Nepal donated £650 (Nrs.65000) to enable the village to build the dam.

Rehabilitation - Moti and Sukmaya Bhote are a couple from the local indigenous people, who spend their life as earning a meagre living as fisherman. They come form one of the poorest of areas and caste and have few possessions. They are nomadic and have no permanent land or dwelling. Donations received enabled the Clinic to purchase a small piece of land and erect a house for them.

Classroom - A special case occurred at Sajapur Secondary School, about 5km distant. By chance it was observed that two classes in this school had to take all their tuition out of doors, under a tree. A heavy shower of rain drove the children into the shelter of a balcony on a nearby building. Undeterred, the children continued with their work. The Clinic obtained the support of local people who donated locally available materials. The Clinic paid for skilled tradesmen, but labourers were found who were prepared to freely give their time in constructing a classroom. Some materials not available locally, were donated by the Clinic.