Pabitra Samaj Sewa Charity Project

Posted Jan 5th, 2018 under Community Service Project, Company News,

November 03, 2017 could be a normal day for many but for some it was the day when they lost everything. That day, the building of Pabitra Samaj Sewa at Dhapasi, Kathmandu, was evacuated forcibly by the local authorities. It had been sheltering more than 70 destitute and homeless people for last 10 years. The residents were not given chance to gather their belongings including the items of basic needs like food and clothes. All of the evacuees including elderly people, disabled and orphans were physically harassed and forced out of their shelter, and thrown right to the street from where they were rescued once. Furniture was broken and burnt, and the building was demolished by a dozer. They could do nothing than be the helpless spectators of the demolition of the house, which was once their home.



Background of the Project:

Pabitra Samaj Sewa Nepal http://www.pssnepal.org.np/, established in 2002, is a non- governmental social organization, working to ensure safe home and care to homeless, distressed, disabled and orphans. It provides shelter, food, healthcare, education, and, most importantly, love and care to the needy people. The organization is led by Dikshya Chapagain, a young and dynamic social activist, who has dedicated her life solely for the humanitarian cause. Most of the people under the care are the destitute rescued directly from streets in utterly dejected situations with very less hope of life. The rescue stories can be found at https://www.facebook.com/dikchhya.chapagai.

 

The organization has been having a nomadic provision for shelter since its establishment. Quite recently also, it has been sheltering in a government building given by a school at Dhapasi, Kathmandu for ten years. However, it has to move to the present makeshift shelter at Budhanilkantha because the School Management Committee, all of sudden, asked to evacuate the building. The Committee turned a complete blind eye to the organization’s request for time for emergency arrangement. On November 03, 2017, a group of people came and forcibly removed the people from the place.

Present Shelter of Pabitra Samaj Sewa at Budhanilkantha

Currently they are sheltering temporarily at a private house in Chapali, Budhanilkantha. There are altogether 72 people including 35 children, of both gender and all age group people. In their current shelter, due to lack of space, people including the sick and old, are eating and sleeping in open space and the situation is being more gruelling as winter has already started.

Present Shelter of Pabitra Samaj Sewa at Budhanilkantha

Now, the organization is building a permanent shelter with the support of some ad-hoc donations on a piece of land given by Budhanilkanta Municipality at Chandeswori. As Pabitra Samaj Sewa is run by the initiation of an individual with support from some kind-hearted people and it doesn’t have any regular form of support from any government, non-government and private organizations, the problem of rehabilitation is being more challenging. In addition to their effort to build a shelter as soon as possible, we are taking an initiative to donate an additional Pre-fabricated building that can accommodate a segment of the sheltering people comfortably with proper protection from elements of nature.

Project Building:

The building is a prefabricated house covering an area of 975 sq ft. This dormitory style building is earthquake resistant, cost and time effective, insulated, well ventilated and highly ideal for children and old age people. The building can accommodate about 15 people comfortably. The project is estimated to be completed within 6 weeks. The detail of the building is as follows:

  1. Wall Board System: 50mm EPS Sandwich Panel – White
  2. Roofing Board System: 0.37mm Color Corrugated Sheet
  3. Window System: PVC Sliding Window
  4. Door System: Metal Frame with Wall Panel-White
  5. Steel Structure System: Light Steel Structure
  6. False Ceiling System: 2’x2’ Plasterboard Ceiling
  7. Opening Schedule: As indicated in the design

 

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Appeal for Donation:

The project aims to establish a pre-fab house for the homeless, distressed, disabled and orphan sheltered by Pabitra Samaj Sewa Nepal. This project wants to ensure that their basic need of a proper shelter is met. After they get the shelter, it is hoped that they will get a stable and safe life, which is sure to raise their quality of life in the long run. In this concern, we will contribute $8775 for Prefab Super Structure including the electrical works. And we are going to raise fund for the rest of the expense which includes Foundation plus flooring works and Sanitary works amounting to $5000. As it is not possible to complete this project without the collective efforts from generous contributors, we would really appreciate if you could help us by considering donation to this noble cause. Your help is really crucial to our efforts. Your support will provide the homeless and destitute with proper home that plays an important role in their physical and emotional well-being which finally leads them to be an asset, and not a liability, to the community.Appeal For Donation:

 “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

A week’s “Free Eye Camp” in three villages of Sidhupalchwok

Posted Dec 26th, 2017 under Community Service Project, Company News, Special Events,

Continuing the back-to back success of “Eye Camp” in past two years, a team of 9 Danish opticians and nurses came to Nepal through our premier partner Kipling Travel Denmark to conduct a week long “Free Eye Camp” in three villages of Sidhupalchowk, the hardest hit district in earthquake 2015. The team includes 6 opticians (Ms. Iversen Ane, Mr Nielsen Bjoern, Mr. Dyre Rolf, Ms Roennenfelt Jette, Mr Stegmann Knud Erik and Ms. Honore Jette) and 3 nurses  (Ms. Lindedam Lene Seest, Ms. Malherbe Hanne and Ms. Stegmann  Vibeke Ryberg). The camp was stationed consecutively at Jalbire, Kattike and Aiselukharka for 6 days from 13 November to 18 November.

The Eye Camp was conducted mainly for diagnostic screening and eye examining. The villagers were provided with free glasses and counseling on preventive care concerning eye health. Altogether 1649 patients (1004 females and 645 males) and 600 students were benefited from the camp. At the end of the program, the Danish Team and Explore Himalaya team thanked the local clubs, police and volunteers from beneficiary villages, whose continuous effort made the success of the program possible. The village communities also expressed gratitude to the entire organizer team for the noble service that helped hundreds of villagers to cure and identify many vision related problems. At the end of the program, the Danish team was delighted to see their hard work paid off! After the great success of “Eye Camp” program for three consecutive years, Explore Himalaya looks forward to organizing similar programs in other remote regions of Nepal.

Day 1:

Location: Jalbire, Sindhupalchok (1215m), approx. 84km from Kathmandu.

  • Eye Camp location: Guawal Health Post
  • Total Population in Jalbire: Around 4500
  • Total patients checked: 295 (173 F, 122 M)
  • Eye camp time duration: 9 AM- 5 PM
First Day at Jalbire Health Post

First Day at Jalbire Health Post [In picture: Optician Ane Iversen, (standing), Optician Jette Roennenfelt (sitting) and Explore Himalaya representative Sudeep Thapa (in between)].

 Optician Rolf Dyre at Jalbire

Optician Rolf Dyre at Jalbire Health Post

A local lady with glasses after eye check up

A local lady with glasses after eye check up

Day 2:

Location: Jalbire, Sindhupalchok

  • Eye Camp location: Guawal Health Post
  • Total patients checked: 276 (198 F, 78 M)
  • Eye camp time duration: 9 AM- 1 PM
Optician Jette Roennenfelt on second day in Jalbire

Optician Jette Roennenfelt on second day in Jalbire

Day 3:

Location: Kattike, Sindhupalchok

  • Eye camp Location: Kattike Health Post
  • Total population in Kattike: around 2800
  • Total Patients checked: 488 (256 F, 232 M)
  • Eye camp time duration: 9 AM- 5 PM
Optician Bjoern Nielsen at Katike Health Post

Optician Bjoern (in black hat) Nielsen at Kattike Health Post

Villagers standing in a queue for eye check up in Katike

Villagers standing in a queue for eye check up at Kattike Health Post

Day 4:

Transfer from Kattike to Aiselu Kharka by Bus (around 5 hours’ drive)

Day 5:

Location: Aiselu Kharka, Sindhupalchowk

  • Eye camp location: Aiselu Kharka Secondary School
  • Total population in Aiselu Kharka: around 4000
  • Total Patients checked: 390 (262 F, 128 M) and around 400 school students
  • Eye camp time duration: 9 AM- 5 PM
Ms. Vibeke Ryberg Stegmann (Nurse) arranging the glasses before program starts in Aaisalu kharka

Ms. Vibeke Ryberg Stegmann (Nurse) arranging the glasses before program starts in Aiselu Kharka

Day 6:

Location: Aiselu Kharka, Sindhupalchowk

  • Eye camp location: Aiselu Kharka Secondary School
  • Total Patients checked: 200 (115 F, 85 M) and around 200 school students
  • Eye camp time duration: 9 AM- 1 PM
Students in a queue for eye check up at Aiselu Kharka School

Students in a queue for eye check up at Aiselu Kharka Secondary School

Volunteering tourism in Nepal- one big reason to travel Nepal Now!

Posted Sep 27th, 2016 under Community Service Project,

Volunteering Tourism in Nepal

Nepal has always been an ideal destination for Trekkers and Adventure lover for decades. Since the rise of Tourism after the mid-twentieth century, Nepal has now been pushed to modernization with many political and social changes. Nepalese tourism sector has grown substantially blending according to time. In 2015, it contributed almost 4.0% GDP to the nation’s economy. Along with Cultural, Mountaineering, and Eco Tourism, Volunteering tourism in Nepal has always been present and equally contributing as a pull factor for tourists all the worlds.

Following the recent chain of events, Nepalese economy has suffered a significant amount of loss due to the mega earthquake and other disasters. In this time of despair, Volunteers from all over the world have been contributing to rebuilding this Himalayan nation. From Lower Terai region to the High Himalayas, volunteers are scattered all over the country participating in social awareness campaign, infrastructure rebuild program, health care camps and in the education sector.

Volunteering Tourism in Nepal

The earthquake of 2015 took hundreds of lives and left thousands shelter less. People have been struggling to get back to their normal life while many have already overcome the disaster and started a normal life again. Over the period of 17 months, Nepalese people have been bouncing back better.

Now it is the best time to travel in Nepal- Travelling not just in the form of recreation but also with the mean to help other peoples. It is also an opportunity to blend with the local people and their culture. Your journey can make a difference in somebody’s life on a side while on the other side; you will also take great memories back from Nepal. You will also have the opportunity to witness the damages done by the earthquake firsthand. Volunteering Tourism in Nepal can be your small effort that will make a huge difference on the rebuilding of an entire nation.

A student group does volunteering in Nepal during Langtang Trek

Posted Dec 18th, 2014 under Community Service Project, Photo Essay, Testimonial, Trekking & Hiking, Trip Report,

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The adventurous trail to Langtang

Langtang Trek initiates 19miles away from Kathmandu at Syabru Besi. It is one of the shortest approaches to snowy mountains. One can explore the ethnic Tamang villages, lust green forests and snowy peak surrounded in Kyangjin valley during the trek. Langtang Trek offers a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of mountains from an elevation of 4350m at Kyangjin Ri.

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A native awaits to welcome

Recently, a student group of 15 from Hong Kong, Great Britain and Canada led by their tutors Ms. Donna Gee and Mr. David Ensor were with us for the Volunteering Holiday in Nepal. The holiday that took them to Langtang Valley supported schools and a health post of the trail. Here we have a trip report on the group’s Langtang Trek.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Khamjing

The first day’s schedule was a drive to Khamjing via Syabru Besi. After the breakfast, the team exit out of Kathmandu along the serpentine Highway.  After a long drive of almost a whole day, the team was tired. So without any further activities on that day, the day was concluded. They spent the night camping at a local school premises at Khamjing.

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Beautiful kids of Langtang Region, yet underprivilged

Day 2: Khamjing to Lama Hotel

After the breakfast, the team donated NRS 75, 000 to repair the water tank pipes and paint the school to Shree Nepal Rastriya Prathamik School. Receiving the donation amount the principal of the school Mr. Temba Tamang was delighted and thankful to our valued guests. The team also contributed some sports items and stationeries to the school. The team was also involved in some sort games with the students of the school. This school currently has 16 students.

After 2 hours of program in the school, the team started their trekking again. On the way, at Sherpagaun, the team had their lunch. After the lunch, the team hiked to Lama Hotel where they spent the night after a long tiring day of walking.

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Helping others always brings the smile that worths millions

 Day 3: Lama Hotel to Langtang

After the breakfast, the team continued their Langtang trekking towards Ghode tabela. The team had to walk all over the day as they only rested on Ghode Tabela where they had their lunch. At the end of Day 3 the student group arrived at Langtang .

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Walking along the shadows of Himalayas- to Mundu

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Donating life-saving medical equipments in Langtang

Day 4: Morning hike to Mundu and trek to Ghumti

After the breakfast, the students on volunteering tour to Nepal donated medical equipments worth Rs.40000 to a local health post in Langtang. They also donated sports equipment to a local school- Shree Nepal Rastriya School. After the program, except three members of the group others had short hiking of 2 hours to Mundu and back to Langtang. Because of the altitude sickness few students suffered, the group had to abandon their plans of trekking to Kyangjin Gompa. Hence, after the hike to Mundu the student group had their lunch at Langtang and began their trek on the retracing trail towards Ghumti. Ghumti is a beautiful riverside spot on the Langtang Trekking trail, where the group spent a night.

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Playground in the Himalayas

Day 5: Ghumti to Syabru Besi

This day was all scheduled for walking. The team hiked all day until they reached Syabru Besi. They had their lunch at Bamboo on the way. After a tiring day, they spent the night at Syabru Besi.

The following day they drove back to Kathmandu and enjoyed the cultural farewell dinner at Hotel Shangri-La and the day after they departed back home.

 

Langtang Trek- the camera does not rest

After the conclusion of the trek in Nepal, Ms. Donna Gee the group leader said few beautiful lines about their trek to Langtang.

The best memory of my trip was Langtang village. It has been a remarkable trekking alongside the most unique opportunity to connect with very memorable and inspiring people.

Explore Himalaya’s meeting and handling was perfect and timely. I feel it was well taken care of. The hotel were all fantastic with good food. The guide was very helpful. The staffs were remarkable. The transport was excellent even during in rough conditions.

Without a doubt, I would recommend this trip and the service of Explore Himalaya. Thank you for this unforgettable experience.

 

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The group poses for the group photo

Free Eye Clinic Camp in Nuwakot- let everyone see a beautiful world

Posted Dec 2nd, 2014 under Community Service Project, Company News, Trip Report,

 

The team- Danish Opticians, Explore Himalayans and the local representatives

After the treatment when the people lacking facility of eye check-up had the proper seeing abilities, to see the happiness in the faces of these people, made our day. We felt proud on what we did. Recently, six Danish Opticians through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel were in the mid-hill settlements of Nuwakot, a district flanking Kathmandu. The opticians from Denmark and Explore Himalaya’s few staffs conducted a week long Free Eye Clinic Camps in different places of Nuwakot. Almost 2,200 people enjoyed the benefits of free Eye Clinic Camps and 1,650 people requiring spectacles received  free pairs of spectacles throughout the project.  In brief the Free Eye Clinic Camp was one of other effective Community Service Projects we have conducted.

Every day was a busy day. Hours before the eye clinic camp began; the people thronged to the site and stood in a long queue that sometimes stretched to several hundred meters. It was amazing to see the health consciousness in people and at times, it was difficult to imagine a long restless day ahead. However, the passion of the team never went down who were there to contribute something really important in any human’s life. From Day 1 to Day 7 the level of enthusiasm remained same and the willingness to help was intact.

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Native senior citizens welcome the noble people

Day 1 :Nuwakot

The first day camp was set in a small health post nearby famous Nuwakot Palace. Nuwakot Palace having huge historic significance lies on a hilltop above Bidur, a small municipality 70 km north of Kathmandu.  The people of Nuwakot Durbar area and neighboring regions welcomed the Danish opticians and their two assistants with open arms. Before the camp started to work, the Community of Senior Citizens of Nuwakot conducted a small welcome ceremony. Seeing hundreds of people waiting in a long stretched queue, a long busy day was guaranteed. Despite of many patients, the Danish team of Opticians and their two assistant were able carry out an excellent job in the limited time. With the help of The Nepali doctor from “Trishuli Eye Hospital”, many people having cataract problem were recommended for operation in the lower town “Devighat” 25 min’s from Nuwakot. After a long day, the project was a big success, treating 350 patients. On the first day, 250 pairs of spectacles were distributed.

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Local volunteers helping the elder citizens during Free Eye Clinic Camp

Day 2 & 3: Battar

Day 2 started with the fresh morning air blowing in the town Nuwakot. The venue for the second day was a gymnasium in the town of “Battar” 20 minutes from “Nuwakot Durbar”. As of Day 1, the people seeking treatment had lined up in front of gymnasium hall gate before we got there. A long line of people waiting in front of the gate was the sign of a very long day ahead. A long busy day ahead! we were okay with it. As the opticians began, their work the non-stopping flow of patients kept on moving into the hall seeking check-up. In addition, after 8 hours of hard work 150 people were recommended for cataract problem and 280 people were treated for their poor vision. The second day of event was hectic yet satisfying.

Second day at “Battar” was same as the first day. On Day 2 at Battar, 250 people were given free pair of spectacles.

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The long queue of at Battar stretches to few hundred meters

 Day 4

A beautiful village of “Samari” was the venue for the fourth day of Free Eye Camp in Nuwakot. The work done in previous day was very remarkable and a motivating for all the team members. A small health post in the village was the workstation for the day. Now we were used to seeing people lining up in long stretched queues hours before the camp even started. Again, after 6 hours of hard work 200 people received glasses for their daily use.

Day 5 Samaribhanjayang (Kalabari)

The location for the fifth day’s Clinic Camp was in a Buddhist monastery in village of “Kalabari” south of Samari. The monks and the local people welcomed us with a lot of enthusiasm. They had a hope of seeing better on sighting our team in their village. Again, the people of all ages lined up for the checkup before the team reached the venue. After a long day of hard work 150 people were given glasses for their poor vision and the fifth and of the charity project ended with the happy smiles in the faces of people who got treated.

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Danish opticians giving 100% to make sure that free Eye Clinic Camp benefits more

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Hard work continues

Day 6 & 7 Sele

The venue for the sixth day Free Eye Camp was at a local government school in the beautiful village of Sele. Needless to mention, there was a long queue on the venue, hours before the project started. The sixth day of Free Eye Clinic Camp started and with a lot of energy.  Yet again 150 people were given free pair of glasses and the second last day of the program was very successful.

The last day for the program was scheduled just for a half day. 120 people were enjoyed the benefits of free Eye Clinic Camp on this day.

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Isn’t the smile beautiful? We are proud that we made that smile possible

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Sometimes a small help means a lot to one who badly needs it

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After a hard work, everyone deserves refreshing few moments

 

Happy Explorers

The meeting and handling was good. Our trek guide was very good, helpful and knowledgeable. We had a very nice trek. People around were very helpful and realistic about the trip. Happy indeed!

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