Gorkha Hygiene and Teacher Training Programme
This summer I am carrying out my medical elective in Gorkha, Nepal. Gorkha is the old capital of Nepal and was the location of the epicentre of the earthquake of 2015. The Gorkha Development Scheme is the charity that helped me to organise my elective and my homestay. In my spare time I have been given the opportunity to represent the charity as a volunteer by helping out with some of the programmes they have developed to support the community.
The first programme I was invited to attend was a teacher training programme in Dullav Secondary school in one of the rural regions in Gorkha district, where I offered my support as an English Trainer. All subjects apart from Nepali are taught in the English medium as of last year. Therefore the aim of this course was to help aid teachers to improve their knowledge and also to share techniques in how the subject could be taught to the students. The programme was a huge success with a dramatic improvement seen in confidence within the teachers. There are future plans to carry out similar programmes in neighbouring schools.
The second scheme I have been involved in is a school hygiene programme carried out by the Gorkha Woman’s Association who are supported by GDS. The programme has already been carried out successfully within the main town of Gorkha and now is being expanded to the more rural agricultural areas with the main focus on hand washing and basic hygiene. I was able to assist with a class this weekend and I hope to visit the school again next weekend to see the improvement. The programme normally takes about 12 classes each on a different topic.
If you wish to help the charity to continue to fund and carry out future programmes a donation of any size would be highly appreciated! Each programme costs between £2-300 so if my target is reached we would have funded nearly a whole programme! I have seen first hand the amazing work this charity is carrying out and have experienced the benefits within the community. Your donations would go a long way to help continue this great work.