NAFA executive members, Ross and Brenda Hazelwood, Deborah and Rod Setterlund, and members Lew and Sue Tuck and Kylie Gilbert are in Nepal, monitoring and progressing  NAFA projects. Highlights to date include:

  • Teacher training program.  Completion of a very successful program for 10 teachers from remote villages and 10 teachers from VSN Thimi. At VSN all sponsored children’s profiles and thank you letters completed.
  • PA Nepal, Palpa. Visit to Palpa and meeting with older boys showed all boys enjoying rural life and working well at school.
  • PA Nepal, Sankhu. Brenda continues the popular knitting and craft program, to the benefit of the children who are learning many skills including creative knitting without patterns. A total of 12 children are regularly involved in this program. All sponsored children’s profiles and thank you letters completed.
  • FEAT Program: Three students from PA Nepal and four from VSN Thimi are being supported to undertake post SLC higher education through NAFA’s FEAT program.
  • Hearing Nepal project initiated. Sue and Lew Tuck tested a total of 73 Nepali people from disadvantaged backgrounds, for NAFA.  As a result 17 people received hearing aids, donated by Sue and Lew, Tawal (14) and VSN School , Thimi (3);  4 Tawal people will receive listening devices; and 30 (Tawal – 19 and Thimi – 11) were referred for medical follow up from ENT specialist.  Sue and Lew also provided hearing tests (37) and hearing aids (14) at Kopan Monastery.
  • Hearing testing and fitting of hearing aids; training of senior health worker Beg to provide follow up assistance; and hearing medicll equipment left with health clinic.
  • Visit to Tawal.  The 5 members and Joy liaison officer (Ramita) travelled to Tawal staying three days. Outcomes include:
  • Set up library and science lab equipment in new multi-purpose room funded by NAFA.
  • Conducted library orientation sessions for students and teachers in classes 1 – 8 and orientation to science equipment conducted by science teacher for classes 5 – 8.
  • Evaluation of the health clinic service.
  • Visit to goat project and new schools partly funded by NAFA in Ladap and Kutal.
  • Site visit to proposed hydro-electric scheme and water infrastructure programs.
  • Conducted meetings with HRDC members, school teachers, and health workers. Rod officially opened the multi-purpose room and the   school  toilets. NAFA members were treated to anunforgettable welcome/thank you cultural program featuring  dancing, singing, comedy and a traditional ‘horse dance’ performed only once a year. The dance tells the story  of an ancient battle between Tibetan army cavalry and  Tamang mounted soldiers. Students from all classes were  included and it was very satisfying to see how the  confidence and skills of the children has grown over the past 5 years.
  • NAFA/Joy remote area cataract eye clinic at Sipaghat (Kavre district) completed, with 1,053 screened and 163 patients underwent successful cataract surgery.