In March, PHASE Nepal’s staff member Krishna Pahari visited Bajura district to visit the on-going PHASE projects in Kolti and Wai. PHASE runs a number of programmes in this region, covering healthcare services, livelihood training, teacher training and adult literacy classes. These programmes are funded by different donor and partner organizations, including: ADA through EcoHimal, DFID through PHASE Worldwide and City of Vienna through PHASE Austria. Hundreds of people in the local communities have benefitted from these services in a district that lies in the far northwest of Nepal under the shadow of the Himalayas.
Krishna saw positive results of numerous livelihood programmes that are running in the region, including seed distribution, preparing greenhouses, saving and credit schemes and regular meetings between farmers. Many individuals were using farming and seed production techniques they learned in workshops to produce a wider variety of vegetables, including onions, garlic, spinach, beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumber and pumpkins. Moreover, many families were successfully keeping animals, with two new goat kids having just been born. Communities were also implementing saving and credit processes, with more individuals choosing to save and invest.
The healthcare programmes were also operating very successfully. Staff were on-duty to give anti-natal support and provide general checkups from the clinic, the medicine supplies were well stocked and managed and many villagers had received health education through door to door visits. Regular meetings between PHASE health staff and Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHV) ensured good coordination and a good flow of information of health service needs in the communities.
Whilst on his visit, Krishna supervised training activities on budget implementation, billing procedure and accounting. One of the aims of this was to improve the administrative and management skills of PHASE staff, as well as to ensure the transparent, efficient running of projects. Monitoring and evaluating the administration of projects in this way helps PHASE to gather important feedback on the future needs and training required by the staff.