The policy of Madat Nepal is that projects must become sustainable in some time, it can take several years. Project help will therefore be settled whenever it can.
A nice example is our first big project in Thulo Parsel in the Kavre Palenchok district. We have been active here about twelve years. The first years our help was small, because we just started and had only a few thousand Euros to spend. But finally we rebuilded an old school building of ten classes completely, build three big school buildings of two classes in steel and concrete and a hostel with ten rooms for students that came from far and needed to stay overnight and for some teachers, who didn’t live in the village. We also financed five teachers’ salaries. At the highest peak of activities more than 1000 students visited the school. In three wards we build primary schools with five classes to reduce the pressure of the number of students for the main school. We also financed here the salaries of three teachers. After ten years we settled all help within three years.
The main school has expanded the school with a class 11 en 12 on its own force. And with the help of another sponsor the school has arranged temporarily education for a bachelor study in education and hotel management. The buildings have been kept in good order and they succeeded finally in their goal to realise that all the teachers are from the Thulo Parsel area.
Around 2015 Thulo Parsel has realised with the help of a donation from the government a new small hospital, next to ‘our’ old health post that is still functioning. The costs for the land have been covered by the people. This project in Thulo Parsel is an example of an investment that not only was sustained after completing, but even has been expanded and developed.
With the main school in Mechchhe Pauwa in the Temal area (Kavra Palenchok) we have followed the same procedure. Building a completely new main school, smaller schools in the neighbourhood, financing teachers’ salaries and the library. In 2019 we could leave this project.
Mechchhe Pauwa has realised on its own class 11 and 12. And with help of the Nepalese government they could even build a bigger school. They also like to be the centre of teachers’ training programs to develop the level of education. We financed three programs. They are host for the schools in the environment and take care of the lodging of the teachers that follow the training program. And now the Nepalese government is also having teachers’ training programs. Other schools have been financed by us for five classes and they have been able to expand their school to six or even eight classes.
We have built a health post in Thulo Parsel and financed and organized yearly health camps for eye- ENT- and dental care. Everything was free. The health camps have been responsible for a change in the awareness of the people concerning hygiene. Before our last health camp in 2017 they had built a second, small health post and at the moment there is a large health post in which operations can also take place.
When we compare the problems and the knowledge about health care during our present health camps with those of 25 years before, then the difference is enormously.
For the Tibetan refugees in Pokhara we have financed a reroofing project, drain water transport, and two drinking water projects. We have always emphasized the importance of maintenance, something Nepal is not used to. We have followed their maintenance program for five years and everything is successful.