Himalayan Community Foundation
A grassroots organization dedicated to serve remote communities in Nepal through community empowerment, heath care, & education.
Himalayan Community Foundation and our local community partner HHVS Nepal provided free medical care by mobilizing local and foreign volunteer doctors
Disaster Relief and Health Empowerment in Bhotang, V.D.C., Sindhupalchok
On May 25, 2015 at 6am our first team left Old Sinamangal, Kathmandu to go to Bhotang by Jeep. As we travelled outside of Kathmandu Valley, there were some homes that were destroyed, but fortunately there seemed to be a lot of assistance from the army and other humanitarian aid organizations that set up open fields with tents and public toilets. As we moved closer into the start of Sindhupalchok, at Melamchi Bazaar, it was evident that help and earthquake relief should not be concentrated in the capitol of Kathmandu, but in the village areas. We followed the river up to Melamchi Bazaar, barely recognizing the city, because more than half of the buildings and homes were destroyed. Surprisingly, many of the small snack shops and restaurants were opened.
As we travelled deeper into Sindhupalchok, we finally reached Bhotang V.D.C. there were some homes that were still standing, but most were completely destroyed. Villagers had already begun making temporary shelters and toilets to help them get through the rough monsoon months.
As we arrived in Bhotang, we started our health services providing basic wound care, physical exams, and home visits. Over the next 5 days, we were able to provide health services to over 400 patients. We were also able to provide sanitary packs that included underwear, soap, and sanitary pads for the women in the village. Based on suggestions from our community partners, we left the items with Hashina Didi, who is one of the women leaders in the village that will help distribute these sensitive items. She is the first woman in the whole village to finish high school, and she is only 27 years old. She is an extremely intelligent woman, who is also a great mom and teacher. I am proud to have her as my friend over the past few years.
We were also able to mobilize our funds to help build a temporary school for the children. They are having a difficult time coping with the loss of loved ones and homes, and there have been reports of children committing suicides in nearby villages. It is heartbreaking to see such a warm and loving community suffering. Yet, despite all of this misfortune, they remain hopeful for the future and united to help each other.
As the village continues to rebuild we left information with other village leaders in regards to making sanitary, temporary toilets, which could be needed in the future as villagers from further villages move into Yarsa, Bhotang VDC. Lastly, we are testing their water, to see if treating the water will be necessary in the future.
Our team was comprised of physicians, medical students, and veterinarians from Kathmandu, Bangladesh, Sacramento, and Michigan.We are currently conducting a retrospective needs assessment, to pass on needed information to our next team.
June 1- Kirtipur, Nepal. Health Program
We were able to serve over 260 patients in Kirtipur, an outlying district of Kathmandu.
This area was badly affected by the earthquake and upon special request by our community partners there, we were able to conduct the health camp in their community hall.
The community provided Newari language translators because most in this community were more comfortable speaking their local dialect than Nepali.
June 3-4 Old Sinamangal Health Camp:
We provided wellness check-ups for students and their parents at an elementary school. Through this camp, we were able to provide all the children with albendazole, and multivitamins for a year.
Himalayan Community Foundation and our local community partner HHVS Nepal supports primary and secondary schools in Bothang VDC, Sindhupalchok, and Bhaktapur, Nepal
Health Education and Empowerment Program at Mahendra School- Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Nepal
June 8-10-Mahendrabhumi Primary and Secondary School, Bhaktapur- Health Education and Empowerment Program
Provided health education program that focused on earthquake safety measures, personal hygiene, domestic violence, mental health, and STI's. It was an interactive program started by the medical students last year, and it was been well received by the school. It was nice to see children that recognized some of us from last year!
HCF and HHVS Nepal supports Bothang VDC with earthquake relief materials
We collaborated with our community leaders in Bhotang, Sindhupalchok and our community partner HHVS Nepal to provide earthquake relief materials.
Representatives from each of the sister villages helped us divide and deliver rice, oil, soy beans, and dried vegetables equally within the community. Even in such a dire situation, the community remains united to help each other. Children who have lost parents have been taken in by neighbors and other families. People who could not walk to get food and other relief items, the local youth leaders took the initiative to deliver those items to them.