Below you will find details of projects and activities completed as of may 2019.

The initial phases always include pilot projects to ensure NERF is always learning and adapting.

For details of projects and activities that we ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON, please see this page.


Project: Phase I Psycho-Social Support Program (PSSP)
Partners: Blind Youth Association Nepal, 15 Government Schools
Location: Kathmandu & Lalitpur Metropolitan Cities, Bhaktapur Municipality & 8 Districts
Districts: Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Kavre, Nuwakot, Makwanpur, Sindhuli, Sindhupalchok
Duration: Summer 2017 - Spring 2018 ( 9 months)

With Blind Youth Association Nepal, (BYAN) NERF provided psycho-social counselling to over 270 blind and partially sighted, (BPS) students.These students reside in government hostels, often for much of the year, in the most earthquake affected districts. During this process the NERF funded BYAN team completed Educational, Health and Psycho-Social assessments in 16 schools, (2 of which merged, forming 15 in total). The results of these assessments and counselling sessions have provided the framework for the PSSP Phase II currently in the planning stage for implementation during Summer 2019.

This program also included a Pilot project on physical skills and games, delivered by Circus Kathmandu and UK volunteer, Lucy. BPS students were guided by circus-skill trainers to begin exploring their physical boundaries in a different way, with new donated equipment.


Project: Byangjang Volunteer Trek Project (VTP)
Partners:
Byangjang Community, Ward Level Committee, Into the Wild Adventure Travels
Location:
Byangjang Village, Bhara-Bise Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchok District
Duration:
Winter 2018 - 2019 (3 months)

Continuing the plan for improving water supply while simultaneously extending trekking routes through mountain villages, NERF and Into the Wild worked with trekkers who completely funded another 2 water tanks and over 2 km of high quality pipeline from source to village. Byanjang is one of the highest villages in the NERF working area, and this project overcame several site specific challenges such as multi-user water-rights and location of suitable source tank locations.

On the final day of the VTP, before trekkers left for the main hike, NERF distributed good quality second-hand winter clothes to community members, donated through our UK network.


Project: Sothang Volunteer Trek Project (VTP)
Partners:
Sothang Community, Ward Level Committee, Into the Wild Adventure Travels
Location:
Sothang Village, Bhara-Bise Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchok District
Duration:
Winter 2017 - 2018 (4 months)

After completion of the 2016 VTP requests came in from other local communities regarding the possibility of extending water supply and services across much longer distances. Sothang community proposed a plan that required over 3.5km of high quality piping and the construction of 2 water tanks; a central tank for use in the village and a 'feeder’ tank high up in the mountains.
Trekkers working with NERF & Into the Wild fund-raised in the UK and then spent 2 days working with community members to build the central water tank.

Continuing a tradition, NERF also distributed clothing donated and transported by the UK trekkers on the final day of the trekkers work in Sothang.


Project: Rural Villages Menstrual Health Program (MHP)
Partners:
Gati, Maandra, Mamkha Village Women’s Groups, Gati & Dandakateri Health Posts,
Mooncup UK
Location:
4 Villages in 3 Districts
Gati & Maandra Villages, Sindhupalchok District
Mamkha Village, Okhaldhunga District
Ghandruk Village, Kaski District
Duration:
Spring 2016 - Autumn 2017 (18 months)

In partnership with Mooncup UK, NERF worked with local women’s groups to provide menstrual health sessions, and orientations on the usage of menstrual cups. NERF then provided Mooncups to women interested in changing their menstrual health options. These sessions consist of assessments, knowledge transfer, question/answer sessions and providing a community and central communication line as well as menstrual cup orientations and distributions.

Challenges associated with poor menstrual provision in rural locations include school absenteeism, feelings of shame, social exclusion, potential infection risk and a lack of safety knowledge around sexual and reproductive health. The rural contexts provide many additional challenges, such as provision of adequate clean water or suitable sanitary facilities. NERF is currently working on a centralised plan with its menstrual health team and on complimentary programs to support further expansion of menstrual health programming into rural areas.


Project: Gati Pilot Volunteer Trek Project (VTP)
Partners:
Gati Community, Ward Level Committee, Into the Wild Adventure Travels
Location:
Gati Village, Bhara-Bise Municipality, Sindhupalchok District
Duration:
Winter 2016 - Spring 2017 (6 months)

NERF worked with local volunteer coordinators, Into the Wild and UK trekkers to diversify local revenue streams, enhance WASH provisions and open up rarely trodden parts of Nepal In this first ever VTP. NERF trekkers completely funded the renovation of the main village water source and building of adjacent changing rooms for men and women. This project proved to be an excellent experience and has led to the establishment of regular VTPs and other treks higher up in the same region, organised by NERF and Into the Wild.


Project: Psycho-Social Counsellor Training for the Psycho-Social Support Program
Partners:
Blind Youth Association Nepal, (BYAN)
Location:
Kathmandu Metropolitan City (excluding field-level training)
Duration:
Spring - Winter 2016 (9 months)

After an event specifically for BYAN, NERF funded the training of a psycho-social counsellor. A trail-blazing young woman, Parvati Shrestha, in her early 20s and partially sighted herself was selected and interviewed. Hurdle upon hurdle faced the completion of this training including the closing of the original school, a lack of adequate trainers and a long, arduous training regime. However having successfully completed the training Ms. Shrestha now works with BYAN on a regular basis providing counselling and support to those who are developing and living with sight problems.


Project: Flood Defence Program, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
Partners:
Nepal Gaja Development Foundation, District Soil Conservation Office, District Development Office
Location:
Ward 2, Lehkani VDC, Baglung District
Duration:
Autumn - Winter 2016 (5 months)

After the shocking floods of the 2016 monsoon we reached out to our donors and they responded with fantastic generosity. Through the NGO network we found and vetted a new partner, Nepal Gaja Development Foundation who were in the process of responding to the floods. Through our new partner and donors we were able to help fund an extensive new ‘Gabion Wall’ to help defend a vulnerable stretch of vital roadway, prone to flooding and landslides. This project has provided employment, skill development and long-term disaster risk reduction in a new district with colleagues we are lcurrently working with. The project was reviewed and signed off by the local community via a social audit, (included in the photographs below).


Project: Disaster Risk Reduction, (DRR) Workshop & Networking
Partners:
Blind Youth Association Nepal, Children’s Partner Nepal
Location:
Sukhedhara, Kathmandu Metropolitan City
Duration:
June 2016 (1 day)

Working with DRR consultants donating their time we organised a workshop exploring development work in a post- and pre-disaster context. Partners were orientated on fundamental approaches to disaster risk reduction and also shared their own knowledge. This workshop created an opportunity for networking between partner organisations. Attendees including board and executive members of both organisations and blind and partially sighted, (BPS) members of BYAN. Sharing learning and building relationships  bringing together our partners resources and our connections on the ground.


Project: Child Rights, Psycho-Social and Sexual Health Workshop (PSSP Pilot)
Partners:
Children’s Partner Nepal, (CAP)
Location:
Jershingphuwa, Kathmandu District
Duration:
June 2016 (2 days)

After collating and analysing the data gathered in April 2016 the course content for a 2 day workshop was created. The 37 attendees included: Student and Women's Group members, Local Health Care staff and Academic Professionals, Head and Local Teachers, and CAP team members. The topics were elucidated thoroughly and provocatively with many issues coming to the fore and being resolved in a peer-review manner. The workshop was led by 2 extremely experienced senior development staff with videos, interactive activities, role-playing, presentations and commitments from the attendees regarding their own personal action points. On the final day the local MP closed the ceremony, handed out certificates and voiced support for the program content.


Project: Educational Materials for BPS Students
Partners:
Blind Youth Association Nepal, (BYAN) & Adarsha H. S. School
Location:
Adarsha Higher Secondary School, Bhaktapur Municipality
Duration:
June 2016 (1 day)

After visiting a local government BPS student-hostel BYAN and NERF developed an educational intervention package after assessing the needs of BPS students. 7 Students needs were assessed through group interviews students and consulting BPS / non-BPS teachers. The resource room was also supplied with spare equipment. During distribution 3 new residents who were also catered for.  Materials provided included: digital recorders and audio players, talking calculators, magnifying lenses, braille slates, braille stylus,white canes, new uniforms, rucksacks, and wash-kits. After distribution students were orientated on using the new tools by BYAN's team and the resource teachers. BYAN is continuing to work with BPS students here under Phase i and II of the PSSP listed above.


Project: Educational Support Program
Partners:
Mamkha H.S. School, Play for Deprived Children Nepal, (PDCN)
Location:
Mamkha Village, Ward 1, Okhaldhunga District
Duration:
Spring 2016

Responding to a request from a local school, NERF and PDCN re-established and improved a computer lab with laptops donated in the UK and reconditioned by NERF. New electric products to re-wire the computer room were provided, as well as free educational software. Library books in English and Nepalese were also delivered, as rural schools in locations such as Mamkha often are scant of resources that even in Kathmandu City may be taken for granted.


Project: Focus Group Discussions (MHP Pilot)
Partners:
Mamkha Women’s Group, Play for Deprived Children Nepal, (PDCN), Mooncup UK
Location:
Mamkha Village, Ward 1, Okhaldhunga District
Duration:
October 2015 & May 2016 (2 days)

Consistent community feedback was essential for the introduction of taboo topics and new menstrual health options. The initial session was led by PDCN at the local school, where menstrual health and hygiene kits funded by NERF were distributed and an introductory session on menstrual health was conducted. In 2016 NERF volunteers met with the local Women's Group, where participants led wide-ranging discussions on local issues and were provided with an orientation on and distribution of menstrual cups. In total 39 women attended this workshop, and highlighted issues that have helped inform us on our approach to helping overcome their problems, including agricultural production, water access and health facilities. All intertwining to provide a more holistic picture of the experience of menstruation in rural Nepal.


Project: Data Collection Workshops; Rural Challenges & Interviewer Sensitivity
Partners:
Children’s Partner Nepal, (CAP)
Location:
Sankhu, Shankharapur Municipality, Kathmandu District
Duration:
April 2016 (2 days)

In preparation for the design and collection of a baseline survey for a pilot Psycho-Social, Sexual Health and Child Rights workshop, NERF trained 10 Nepali volunteers from partner organisation CAP Nepal. This capacity building included: data collection basics, rural design and collection challenges, interviewer sensitivity, appropriate locations and contexts for interviewees, risks, counter-measures, best practises for and essentials of safeguarding.

Following the workshops NERF worked with CAP Nepal and the volunteers to develop the baseline survey. Volunteers then conducted baseline surveys in 10 schools across 3 Village Development Committees (VDCs, pre-government restructure).

NERF conducted 2 out of 3 workshops, with the final being conducted immediately prior to the gathering field level data by CAP Nepal.


Project: Menstrual Cup Orientations (MHP Pilot)
Partners:
Gati & Maandra Women’s Groups, Mooncup UK
Location:
Gati & Maandra Villages, Bhara-Bise Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchok District
Duration:
March 2016 (2 days)

The initial introductions of menstrual cups provided by Mooncup UK began by informing
all local stakeholders about the pilot and planned orientation. This included the local government health care worker, local leaders, women’s groups and community members with 29 local women attended the initial orientation. Information and educational materials on female health and Mooncups were distributed, including guides and medical textbooks. The local health post was also provided with materials and Mooncups for later distribution.


Project: Post-Earthquake Support - Educational materials for Universal Children’s Day
Partners:
Children’s Partner Nepal, CAP
Location:
Baira Mahadev School, Ward 4, Shankharapur Municipality,
Duration:
November 2015 (1 day)

Pooling resources with local partner CAP Nepal, NERF supplied 65 students a school in a severely earthquake-affected area with new stationery and schoolbags, replacing their lost belongings. The event took place on Universal Children’s Day, providing one of the key early contexts for the entire NERF board to meet directly earthquake affected communities.


Project: Post-Earthquake Support
Partners:
Gati Community, Gati 9 Ward Level Committee
Location:
Gati & Maandra Villages, Bhara-Bise Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchok District
Duration:
November 2015 (2 days)

Returning to Gati, the NERF board delivered reconditioned laptops, warm clothing, educational books, school materials and literature to Gati and Maandra Villages. NERF also ran activities in conjunction with local teachers and community leaders, including English lessons and raffles; bringing entertainment and learning together.


Project: Art & Photography Auction & Exhibition
Partners:
The Core Space at Nolia's Gallery, HayMac Photography
Location:
60 Great Suffolk Street, Bankside, London
Duration:
November 2015 (evening event)

A wonderful team effort from the Core Space, Nolia's GalleryHayMac Photography, friends and family. NERF exhibited the children's work from Gati and Maandra villages (in an exhibition space donated by philanthropists Gillian and Nolia). Each piece of work came with a photograph of the artist and short biography of the student artist. With great social media attention we managed to nearly double our target and raise just under £2000, even selling some off the exhibits! All of the funds were targeted for spending in the communities the student artists came from, creating a direct link between artwork, donor and student.


Project: Mutual Capacity Building Workshop
Partners:
Backwards Society Education, (BASE)
Location:
BASE Project Office, Tulsipur Sub-Metropolitan City, Dang District
Duration:
July 2015 (1 day)

Bringing together resources and staff from the UK with senior education staff from our partner BASE, we looked at the challenges and best practices facing education staff from different countries. Educational material resource books and cd-roms were also sourced and donated through Ark Academy Wembley staff, providing go-to guides for dissemination in BASE's many target schools. Of particular interest to the BASE team was the model of mutual student/teacher evaluation while the UK staff gained insight into the similar but harsher educational challenges faced in Nepal, with useful information exchanged on both sides.


Project: Post-Earthquake Art Lessons
Partners:
Backwards Society Education, (BASE) & Ark Academy Wembley
Location:
Gati & Maandra Villages, Bhara-Bise Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchok District
Duration:
July 2015 (4 days)

NERF brought teachers and kids together to learn, play and enjoy school in the months immediately following the April earthquakes. Students were provided with paints, pens, paper and other materials, (from donors and Ark Academy) and encouraged to express themselves through self-portraiture. Art is an often neglected subject in schools often devoid of necessary resources, and provided a welcome distraction to the events of the preceding months. The children kept one set of their work and another set were taken to the UK and used to raise funds, build relationships and promote awareness of the educational situation in rural Nepal.


Project: Post Earthquake Support - Educational Materials
Partners:
Backwards Society Education, (BASE) & Ark Academy Wembley
Location:
Gati & Maandra Villages, Bhara-Bise Municipality, Sindhupalchok District
Duration:
July 2015 ( 2 days)

Together with Ark Academy, NERF provided educational materials to 2 rural mountain village schools badly affected by the earthquake with little or no materials to help children learn. Materials provided included: acrylic paints, acetate sheets, scientific calculators, coloured biros, colouring pencils, highlighters, pencils, rulers, rubbers, sharpeners, and pencil cases.


Project: Entrepreneurship, Project Management & Funding Mobilisation Workshops
Partners:
Backwards Society Education, (BASE)
Location:
Kathmandu Metropolitan City
Duration:
August 2015 (2 days)

In collaboration with a visiting academic, Dr Sean Watts, NERF and BASE organised a workshop aimed at post-earthquake recovery for both the private and not-for-profit sectors. NERF also sponsored 2 attendees from marginalised communities and provided in depth take-home resource materials for attendees, members of our partner organisations and marginalised communities who were unable to attend. The event also facilitated networking between different local NGOs and international volunteers.