Rural Assistance Nepal
Rural Assistance Nepal (RAN) was set up to help advance education and to assist in the provision of healthcare in the rural areas of Nepal. Friends are supporting the salaries of teachers at government schools, and the salary of midwives. RAN has helped to buy land for building more classrooms, set up school libraries, and helped to buy science and other materials for schools and has sponsored training of nurses to work in the hilly areas. RAN encourages volunteers, particularly medics, to come and help in Nepal.The charity was registered with the UK Charity Commission in June 2008 (Reg No 1124311).
Nepal is a small country sandwiched between China and India. Famous for Mount Everest (Sagarmatha), Sherpas and brave Gurkha soldiers, there is a huge variety and there is much more to the country than just mountains. There are more than sixty ethnic groups, with over a hundred different languages in this tiny Hindu state.
Garimudi, Dolakha, is a village in the foothills of the Himalayas about 150km east of Kathmandu. This village is mainly populated by poor Tamang farmers and Dalits, the lowest caste and most underprivileged people in the country. The village has electricity and a road has been extended to the village. The people here mainly live from subsistence farming and some work as porters.
Deusa, Solukhumbu is a village further to the east, about 185km from Kathmandu, in the lower foothills of the Everest area. Well away from the main trekking routes, this area is very poor and backward, and receives no benefit from tourism in the Everest area a few days' walk north. Until 2013, there was no electricity at this village. The majority of the people here are Thulung Rai who survive mainly on subsistence farming and seasonal work as porters in the Everest area. Ramen is part of Deusa VDC, a poorer hamlet where many homes still do not have any electricity.
Madhela, Bardia close to Bardia National Park: Shree Jagadamba Higher Secondary School is a large school with over 1,700 students from class 1 to 12 and many classes have over 100 students. Close to the largest national park in southern Nepal, tigers rub shoulders with wild elephants and one-horned rhinos (all endangered species) and the school has an active eco-club that raises awareness about the importance of the environment of its own students, as well as to schools throughout the district.
Manthali, Ramechapp is in eastern Nepal, not far from Dolakha on the way to the Everest area. A poor hill district, the communities here have been working at saving credit schemes for the past 30 years or so. The Tamekoshi Cooperative Hospital at Manthali, the district headquarters is supported by the local people and works with the government health services in the district, also providing valuable out-reach services to healthposts and clinics in the more remote areas of the district.
Salayan District, Far Western Region of Nepal: Salyan District Hospital is a typical government hospital in a poor farming hill district in western Nepal. With 15 beds, there are four doctors seeing 50 or more patients each day.
Kathmandu: RAN supports the work of Women's Foundation. Though based in Kathmandu, WF provides women and children from all over Nepal with a shelter from abuse, as well as a running a daycare centre for poor children, a school that children can learn without fear of physical punishment and a wide range of women support services.
Teachers: RAN pays the salaries of a number of additional teachers in schools at Garimudi, Deusa and Madela, with the help of friends of RAN.
Nurse: RAN pays the salary of a midwife, who is currently at Phaplu District Hospital in Solukhumbu. She is training to use ultrasound equipment with the longer term aim to be able to monitor pregnant mothers in the Deusa area.
Volunteers: Volunteers have helped in the schools supported by RAN and schools in other areas. Teacher training is especially invaluable and experienced teachers are particularly in demand, providing a much needed and more sustainable contribution that lasts beyond just the time spent at the school.
Medical volunteers including medical students completing their elective, nurses, paramedics, doctors and dentists are very useful. In particular, Tamekoshi Cooperative Hospital and Salyan District Hospital welcome medics who can help train local medical staff as well as assist at the hospital, healthposts and health camps. Typically, around 20-30 medical volunteers come each year, spending an average of a month or more volunteering at one of several of the hospitals RAN has worked with in Nepal during the past few years.
Computers for schools: Computers donated by donors helped Garimudi Higher Secondary School have led to the district providing the school with a computer teacher. Computers have also been donated to the higher secondary school in Bardia and a secondary school in Pyuthan district.
School libraries: From kind donations, school libraries have been started at Garimudi, Deusa and a small community school in Rukkum district.
Land for extra classrooms: More teachers at Deusa led to splitting the largest classes but then there was a shortage of classrooms. With help from a school in Adu Dhabi, land beside the school was purchased so that the VDC, District Education Office and Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) could build additional classrooms, a science room and library.
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