HDCS Annual Review

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Human Development Community Services is a Nepali Christian NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal. HDCS seeks to be a living witness of God’s love across Nepal and coordinates numerous projects in the areas of health, education and community development.

HDCS recently published their Annual Review for 2008-2009. Here are a few highlights…

Acting Executive Director of HDCS, SP Kalaunee, shares that 2008 – 2009 was a year when expectations were exceeded,

“It was not a year with just smooth sailing. We faced several challenges throughout the year. As a developing country, we continue to seek resources in many areas: human, financial, equipment. We continue to deal with a lack of infrastructure and power cuts (up to 16 hours a day without electricity in Kathmandu). But God is good, blessing our work as we have served people in need.”

HEALTHCARE

Across the three hospitals which HDCS manage, over 98,000 outpatients were treated. For Lamjung District Hospital, it was the busiest year in their history, seeing over 48,000 outpatients! A visit by a Romanian Team, and voluntary service provided by doctors and nurses from France, Germany, Japan and USA all contributed to the work of Chaurajahari Hospital in Rukum. At the TEAM Hospital in Dadeldhura, building work on the new building was begin in April 2009. CMS Ireland Mission Partners Mark and Ali Gill are now based in Dadeldhura where Mark is assisting with this building project. You can visit their blog to find out more…

The report states that the majority of patients attending these hospitals are women and that antenatal care, maternity care and immunisations for babies are not the only health issues that bring women to hospital.

“A recent report by the United Nations Population Fund estimated that there are 600,000 women in Nepal affected by uterus prolapsed and out of these 200,000 require immediate treatment.”

Across the three hospitals, there have been particular efforts to respond to the medical needs of women in rural Nepal, mainly through hosting medical camps and at Chaurajhari Hospital funding from a German organisation enabled them to provide free care.

EDUCATION

Asha Bal Bikash Sewa (ABBS) is a service providing day care centres and support for children with special needs and their families. Some highlights of their year include: taking part in the Sports and Cultural Competition; having dance therapy classes each week; and being involved in an interactive programme for children, parents and teachers organised by the Special Olympics to learn how children could get more involved in sport, and to help the teachers to create indoor and outdoor games.

It was also an exciting year as ABBS launched their first Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme in Rukum in Far West Nepal. After conducting a survey of the four village development committees, 566 children with special needs have been identified in the area. Two volunteers received basic training and are now providing counselling to parents, as well as equipping them with skills in physiotherapy. Through the programme, ABBS have also started advocating for the rights and lobbying for benefits for children as stated under the law.

The Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC) is a missionary school providing primary and secondary level education in Kathmandu. It also runs the Education Quality Improvement Program known as KISC EQUIP.

Currently KISC serves over 70 mission families and has a truly international student body, representing over 28 home countries. KISC offers a very high standard of education, reflected in their exam results and having achieved MSA accreditation once again this year. Prayer and worship are at the core of KISC, from assemblies to staff meetings. CEO of KISC Judith Ellis shares,

“We at KISC continue to pursue our vision “to be living witnesses of Christ’s love through excellent education for all”, knowing that realizing this vision is not possible without personal transformation. We live in the delightful and challenging place of being able to be change agents while also being changed ourselves."

In January 2011, one of CMS Ireland’s newest Mission Partners, Lucy Burden, will be joining the staff team of KISC as a PE Teacher working with primary and secondary school year groups. You can read more about Lucy in the Autumn edition of inMission

KISC EQUIP continues provide training in 3 areas of Nepal, and has also begun to work in Lamjung. This year, the focus of EQUIP moved from pre-school to primary school level. The team have been encouraged by the changes and improvements that have been seen in the schools, for example the promotion of a culture of reading in schools and communities by providing tin trunk libraries. In the Annual Report, Judith Ellis shares,

“The training gives teachers the opportunity to reflect on their abilities and teaching methods and helps them explore their inner motivations and mindsets. The training brings hope to teachers and shows them that they can positively impact and transform their own lives as well as the lives of those they teach. This will then bring social transformation in their communities.”

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

As part of their community development programme, HDCS established Community Radio Initiatives Nepal (CoRIN). 2009 saw the launch of a second FM radio station based in Okhaldhunga, after the positive response from listeners in the communities of Dadeldhura to the first FM station. In the past year CoRIN has joined several broadcasting networks and staff have undergone follow up training. These radio stations have an important impact on addressing health issues in local communities, as the CoRIN team shares about the newest FM station in Okhaldhunga:

“As a result of the broadcast many people have got health information. Many patients that visit to the local hospital say “We came to know from the radio that our disease can be cured and so we came to hospital.” They used to go to witchdoctors in the past. Radio is reaching where we could have reached easily in serving the people and we are so encouraged of their positive response.”

The CoRIN stations continue to face many challenges, including the impact of the poor supply and the need for experience radio workers at both stations.

HDCS also has a Relief Programme (Uplift), which this year enabled them to support flood victims in the Kanchanpur District in Far West Nepal. Many people lost their homes, crops and livestock were ruined and school books were destroyed. Financial support was given to enable the community to provide food supplies and school books. Funds were also raised to support the construction of a permanent school building for the community.

Please continue to remember in prayer all of the staff of HDCS, in the head office and across the projects. If you would like to receive HDCS’ monthly prayer calendar, please contact Sarah in the Belfast Office.

If you would like to find out more about CMS Ireland’s work in Nepal, please click on the links.

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