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Womens Hygiene – another great programme this time for the GWA

Gorkha Womens Association organise the volunteer homestay, plan and undertake the childrens hygiene in school and the woments health programme.  This time THEY benefited from the womens hygiene programme themselves when a Doctor from Gorkha helped them understand specific issues for both younger and older women.  excellent discussion was held an dreally showed the value of this programme and no doubt more will be organised for rural women in the future.

Volunteers Naomi, Linda, Trish and Fiona were all present to see the programme 

£2,000 worth of Medical equipment purchased to help save patients’ lives in Gorkha

FULL STORY GDS received requests from Doctors in Gorkha hospital for several pieces of emergency breathing equipment earlier this year.  We are so pleased to be able to confirm that two small units which provide a constant flow of oxygen to patients, as well as two suction machines and two nebulisers, have been purchased through funds raised by supporters in the UK.

Volunteer Richard was present to see the delivery of the equipment to the hospital and Naomi has since visited and seen the machines in use by patients. The Doctors of course so grateful for the immense help this provides for patient care.

For full story please see this link on the website


Trustee Naomi – a few days in Gorkha

Former volunteer and Trustee Naomi Cairns has been able to return to Gorkha following a short trekking break in Nepal. However, the few days spent in Gorkha were packed. As well as visitng friends Naomi attended a meeting of GDHEDS, a GWA womens group meeting and walked in the rain to a rural village to join in first of a new programme  funded by GDS.  The aim is to help rural ladies understand how certain women’s health conditions may be treated in the hospital and to encourage sharing their concerns. 

As well as this, Naomi was able to meet the Doctor in the hospital to discuss future volunteer possibilities, and also see the new equipment recently funded by GDS in the UK.

Hygiene Programme report and costs

We were happy to recieve email from Sarita who runs the hygiene programme which gives detail of classes and costs of recent programme in remote district.  They worked hard to keep the costs down and so all of this happened for a total of £250 which is amazing value.





Dear  Linda
We finished Hygiene Programme in Praja Joyti  Primary school in Jhyalchok VDC. 6 Gorkha . There are 45 students in our class. There are 12 classes . each class time is one hour . For this classes me and Kalpana went There 3 times and took 6 classes . for Other classes we used social mobilizer Bipana Wagle, We asked her what classes she can take after then we gave 6 classes for her.
We went there to run hygiene programme in first day, after programme we visited village ,family we found very poor hygiene in houses and environment  so  we added some parents in our class that was so effective. In our hygiene class we use same areas women Pabitra Chepang  for helper.We feel 50 percentage  changes in students they did not changes totally because the parents are un educated , they have 4/5 children ,water problem  problem etc.
In this hygiene classes the classes we gave were:-
1. Test oral, written and observation
2. Personal Hygiene
3 .Home and  Environment sanitation
4 .Hand Washing
5. Diarrhoea   Method of making jibanjal
6. Water Purification
7. How to stool come to mouth
8 .Dust management
9. Nutrition
10. Toilet
11. communicable diseases
12. Final Test

In this programme the expenditure are following
1. students Materials Rs 19300/- – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, nailbrush etc as seen in photograph above
2 . For school Materials Rs 6000/- waste bins, toilet cleaner and brushes etc
3. Bus fair 3 times for two members  ( 180*2 =360 )*3=1080/-
4 .Home stay 2* 3*300= 1800/-
5. Porter charge Rs 1000/-(reduced as we some students helped carry materials.
6. Trainer cost  Rs 6000/-
7. Helper Cost  Rs 2400/-
8. stationary Rs 540/-
total expenditure 38120/-  Approximately £250.00 total

please ask me if i need to write other and give me advice .
Thank you for your help and suggestion.
Best regards
Sarita Aryal

Hygiene programme for remote village a success

A message received from Sarita today shows the success of the latest hygiene programme in a very poor and remote part of Gorkha District.  hygiene Sept 2016 (14)




Sarita wrote ‘We tried to totally change to students but not easy in this areas students are so poor in hygiene we feel 50 percentages change we also add some parents in our final day teacher also will take regular class may be it will change . We also use social mobilized she ask she will take her hygiene class. 

Thank you for your help students,school staffs and parents are so happy from this programme.

hygiene Sept 2016 (11)
Hygiene Programmes usually run at Schools around the town of Gorkha with a couple of hours each week for 12 weeks.  However, as it was a 3 hour journey to reach Ghachok village then it was held on two blocks of full days and parents and teachers also became involved which is tremendous.
Our aim will be to help further in this village if we can.