Nepalhilfe Beilngries e.V.

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Review of the year 2023

As the year draws to the end, Nepalhilfe Beilngries also looks back on the past year. This includes a list of some of its projects and activities that were particularly in focus over the past 12 months.

From student to doctor

Prabeg Dangal during his education
Prabeg Dangal during his education

In 2017, the 21-year-old Prabeg Dangal from the small village of Melchaur in the Sindhupalchok district greeted visitors to Nepalhilfe Beilngries with a timid "Herzlich Willkommen”/Welcome". It was  the start of his career as a doctor, which he successfully completed in October 2023 at the Army Institute of Medicine in Kathmandu. He was motivated by his former principal, who had put his faith in the young student's intelligence and ambition. What he lacked was financial support for the boy, who had grown up in poor circumstances. This was provided over the years by the Beilngries aid organization, with the generous support of individual donors. The young "Mr. Doctor" will continue his practical training at Birendra Army Hospital in Kathmandu until October 2024, where he will undergo training in various medical fields before deciding on his future specialty. 

In addition to Dr. Sabina Parachuli, who works as an ophthalmologist in western Nepal since several years, another young person has now been given the opportunity to realize his dream of becoming a doctor.

New school handed over

Opening of the Adarsha Basic School by Mahabir
Opening of the Adarsha Basic School by Mahabir

In October, Ralf Petschl, Second Chairman of Nepalhilfe Beilngries, officially handed over the Adarsha Basic School in Mahabir, a remote mountain village in the Sindhupalchok district, during a working visit. The majority of the schools, financed by Nepalhilfe, are located there. After a "wild ride" lasting several hours in specially prepared off-road vehicles, the visitors, including the local politicians, had reached their destination. This was followed by the obligatory celebrations with speeches, music and dance performances. The project, with the school building consisting of three classrooms, a toilet facility and a kitchen and bureau wing, cost around 90,000 Euro. Two teachers currently teach the 35 children there. They also receive a daily lunch - an additional motivation for some to attend the school. After the third grade, they have to walk an hour and a half to the Shree Samaj Bikash School in Khale.

Light and warmth at Chharka's passive solar house

The passive solar house is also used for teaching
The passive solar house is also used for teaching
The new lighting in Chharka
The new lighting in Chharka

A lot has also happened over the past twelve months in Nepalhilfe's most daring adventure in the Dolpo region. First and foremost, the complex photovoltaic system was procured and installed. Therefore it was necessary to climb above two passes with an altitude over 5,000 meters. 

Since this year, a ninth grade has also been established in Chharka. Thanks to the passive solar house, the school is now open for kids from first to seventh grade.

Activities on the new building of the district hospital in Kawasoti

The three floors of the future district hospital
The three floors of the future district hospital
The interior work is finally progressing
The interior work is finally progressing

Since September, things have finally been moving again at the hospital in the Nawalpur district in the Terai. All the outer walls of the building, which previously consisted of three storeys, have finally been raised and the layout of the rooms inside can also be seen. The electrical and plumbing work is underway on the ground floor. This progress is thanks to the now constructive cooperation between the coordinators on site and in Kathmandu and a civil engineer from Cologne, who offered to provide Nepalhilfe with free technical support not only from far away but also on site. Following a separate tendering process, the Nepalese government is currently in the process of finding the appropriate companies to literally put the roof on the building with the planned fourth floor. 

Nepalhilfe's current priority is to make the basement, including the ramp areas, structurally safe and to provide the basic equipment on the floors already mentioned.

Progress on school construction in "Far West"

Overview of the Ramdev Basic School from Tanjakot/Humla
Overview of the Ramdev Basic School from Tanjakot/Humla
Carriers bring the wood for windows and doors
Carriers bring the wood for windows and doors

In the remote west of Nepal, in the Karnali province, the Ramdev Basic School has been under construction in the village of Tanjakot since March 2022. Originally, it was only supposed to be a building consisting of four classrooms to solve the lack of space in the adjoining main building, which was built at ground level and with the simplest of means. The local administration used this opportunity for international support to encourage the construction of a new main building consisting of eight rooms and at the same time support it with 15,000 euros. The rest is being provided by the Beilngries aid organization. Before work could begin, the extensive securing work on the site, which is located on a mountain slope, halted progress, which has been underway again since the summer. The first building still needs to be painted and the interior fitted out. Over the past few weeks, porters have brought  the wood, needed for the doors and windows. 

12-year-old Saphal Shahi's statement shows just how high the expectations are for the new school when she writes: "First of all, I would like to thank Nepalhilfe for their support. My experience at Ramdev School is invaluable. It is my ambition to work for my home country in the future. Especially in Humla, the only district in Nepal with no road connection to the rest of the country. My goal is to help make Humla prosperous and its people happy, and I hope I can realize this dream soon!". It is now up to the seventh grader to make her dream come true. The entire school complex should be completed by fall 2024.

What's coming in 2024?

The outlook for 2024 is broadly diversified, as the priority is to complete the large number of ongoing projects. That is the goal from Beilngries. There have been various requests to start further projects, but the following rule still applies: new applications will only be implemented with a solid financial platform.