Vocational training

Due to the unfortunate economic situation in Nepal, a high percentage of those living in the rural areas (especially the lower class ‘caste’) will never become eligible to work in the public sector, because, if you do not go to a good school (i.e. private) you will undoubtedly fail to achieve the grade required to obtain the Secondary Leaving Certificate (SLC). This exam is the most important examination in the educational system of Nepal and is required for building an academic career. Those who do not obtain the SLC are destined to become the ‘workers’ of Nepal. Be it a carpenter, farmer, builder’s labourer or any manual labour job that involves ‘no intellect’. The Friendship Clinic Nepal team and visitors can recommend individuals to Hari, Ram or Singh for possible further education (to obtain their SLC) or for Vocational Training. To date we have sponsored villagers for vocational training in: carpentry, building, tailoring, nursing, mechanic, pharmaceutical, midwifery and many other trades. Sponsoring youths into higher education also forms an integral part of the clinics’ endeavor to enable long-term improvements in the Nepali economic status.

We are glad to give an update on our seven sponsored students from last year 2012/2013. It brings us great pleasure to report that all have successfully qualified and they are now working in health care and other jobs in various areas throughout Nepal. Coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, one amongst them is now working as staff nurse, two completed their studies as lab technicians and one is a midwife. These four join previous success stories we have helped create. With the help of friends some of our bright student has obtained full grant to scholarship in colleges abroad, this year in Canada.

Higher education remains one of the major interests of Clinic Nepal as we look to advance the health sector along with granting better economic opportunities for Nepal and its people.

During 2009 Clinic Nepal sponsored 14 students to undertake vocational or skills training. ALL HAVE SUCESSFULLY GRADUATED: 2 students studied Pharmacy (3-year course), 1 studied to be a Laboratory Technician (3-year-course), 2 students studied to become a Midwife, 1 student became a Community Medicine Auxiliary, 1 became an Electrician, 1 qualified as a nurse, 1 became a Civil Overseer and 1 completed his studies in Computer science.

Some previous sponsored training: (now all qualified and working in their chose fields).

Nurse training - Ms SnagIt Kunwar graduated from Hetauda Nursing College with a ‘First Division’ award, in the highest category. She has been trained in general nursing and midwifery, and is currently at Bharatpur District General Hospital for further experience. Ms Kunwar’s training was sponsored by a patron in Gibraltar.

Laboratory training - Mr Badari Aryal and Chandramani Aryal have both commenced on-the-job training as laboratory assistants. This is to meet the requirements of an increased workload due to investigative programs run ahead of the commencement of the NEWAH water and sanitation project. All work is carried out under the control of Mr Raju Mohato, the Laboratory Technician. They are concurrently studying theory at the Polytechnic Institute in Bharatpur

Midwife training - Two further students have begun their placement sat the Polytechnic Institute in Bharatpur sponsored from UK. Mrs Basantee Chaudary is studying to become a midwife and will the role of home visitor; Mr Sovamohan Wagle is studying to become a veterinary assistant and once qualified will support the income generating projects involving farm animals.

Clinic staff - continual professional development (CPD) - The Centre for Mental Health and Counseling Nepal (CMC) provided an ‘in-house’ five-day basic disability and mental health training for all members of the Clinic team. CMC also provided an HIV awareness program (given by staff from Novakiran Plus based in Bharatpur).

Mr Aita Ram BK (Health Assistant) went to Kathmandu to undergo 10 days of intensive ‘Mental Health Training’. This training qualifies him to diagnose and provide treatment. Currently the clinic is seeing up to 10 new psychiatric patients per month.