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Ep 3: Nepal earthquake response (Dhola resettlement camp) from Global Orphan Prevention on Vimeo.

Nearly 5 months after Nepal's series of devastating earthquakes (April 25, the 26th, and May 12th), people are still displaced living in tents. A group of volunteers travel to Dhola in the district of Dhading to build a semi-permanent health post and deliver birthing kits. What they find is a village with 15-days left of food, no medical services, and families still living under tarps. While the rest of the world has drawn their attention elsewhere, people in Nepal are still suffering. Much aid has yet to arrive in the remote access mountain villages and INGOs are having to now scale down their relief efforts. The fight is far from over.

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Ep 2: Nepal Earthquake Response from Global Orphan Prevention on Vimeo.

The conclusion to the Leychang Birthing Center Mission. The team finally arrive to the remote mountain village of Leychang Nepal after a stressful 8-hour journey through monsoon on unforgiving road. Episode 2 explores the earthquake destruction, and find the health post in rubble. The team then build a semi-permanent shelter and conduct labor and delivery training.

With them are Katie Hilborn and Eric Moffet from Global Orphan Prevention, Laxmi Tamung from the Midwifery Society of Nepal, and Curtis Taylor, Kamal Soun, and Gaurav Karki from the Maternity & Health Crisis Response Team.

Nepal is still recovering from earthquakes on April 25th (7.8 magnitude), April 26th (6.7), and May 12th (7.3), followed by 366 aftershocks and counting. While no longer in immediate survival mode, people are still displaced living in temporary shelters with a pressing concern for sanitation issues and lack of water.

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GOP Visit to JanaJyoti School Farm Enterprise - Nepal from Katie Hilborn on Vimeo.

The Global Orphan Prevention advisory team visits JanaJyoti School Farm Enterprise in Bharat Pokhari, Nepal. The dairy farm was established in December 2014 with intent to provide income generation for the attached primary school for low-caste children. Profits realized are reinvested to provide enrichment material, teaching training, curriculum development, and eventually technology.

Heifer International recently provided consulting services, offering innovative solutions for farm cultivation and increased productivity. The G.O.P. visit was to solidify and implement those provided solutions.



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Written by Eric Moffett and photographed by Sarah Abou Jaoudeh

Global Orphan Prevention have teamed up with two organizations and undertaken the mission of rebuilding birthing centers in remote and rugged locations in North-Central Nepal after two major earthquakes. The most significant damage in this country occurred in areas directly to the northeast and -west of the capital of Kathmandu, stretching to the Chinese border. Countless villages across steep mountain ranges that hug the Himalaya have experienced total destruction of labor and delivery facilities.

Click here to watch a video tour of our first birthing center

Our partners are the Midwifery Society of Nepal (MIDSON) and Helping Assist Nepal’s Disabled (HAND). MIDSON, a trade and advocacy association native to Nepal, “contribute[s] to the reduction of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in Nepal by providing skilled [and] compassionate care to women during the entire maternity and reproductive cycle.” And HAND, a US-based nonprofit organization, “serve[s] the Nepali people who suffer from disabilities of all types,” and takes special aim at serving communities in isolated and inaccessible regions
The alliance of GOP, MIDSON and HAND focuses on remote Nepali communities in need of immediate relief efforts. The engagement of these organizations has centered on maternal and neonatal care through providing temporary birthing centers, medical and postpartum supplies, and labor and delivery training. Our primary objective is to support communities and individuals during labor and delivery and for the duration of the postpartum timeframe (defined as the first six weeks of the newborn’s life). Our philosophy balances upon the principle that we have the ability to prevent infant and maternal mortality; indeed, more than half of such deaths occur during the childbirth and postpartum period.

Our methods include the construction of temporary birthing facilities. We provide high-quality tents intended to serve the community until permanent arrangements can be undertaken; especially in light of the imminent monsoon season. Besides staging necessary supplies and equipment as available, further services involve education and training of local health workers plus the provision of birthing and post-birth supplies (“kits”) for mothers and birth attendants. These kits contain a receiving blanket, sterile gloves, cotton diapers, maternal nutrition options, soap and more.

We have now completed two field “missions,” one in Rautbesi, Nuwakot District, and another in Ichowk, Sindhupalchowk District. Both villages are located within great river gorges in the midst of towering summits. The first site, Rautbesi, experienced complete condemnation of its health post; a large two story building that leaned off the edge of a cliff to the river below; it was reported that 78 pregnant women were once dependent on its birthing center. The second, and most recent, site of Ichowk experienced an incredible amount of destruction - the health post lay in rubble, only the foundation and wall remnants could be distinguished from the piles of rocks; most of the village resembled this scene.

Plans are now in action for four additional birthing centers. The first mission departed June 10th, to Dhading District, after which the team returned for two days and then departed June 14th for a multiday, three site mission in Sindhupalchowk District. These missions have been planned in conjunction with the US-based 501(c)3 One Heart World-wide, who has furnished intel and data, plus medical supplies, tents and solar power cases. As well, the 501(c)3 organization, Khusi Hona has provided additional supplies such as tarp tents and blankets. 

On a reflective note, the great lesson of this work proves the power of collaboration. The partnership of GOP, MIDSON and HAND has employed personnel and expertise in order to outfit a highly motivated and capable team. Further, through pooling human capital and physical resources our alliance has optimized a unique model and methodology, thus occupying a distinct niche in the earthquake relief effort within Nepal.

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RAUTESBI, NEPAL -- After major back-to-back earthquakes in Nepal, the country is still in immediate survival mode, especially with the start of the rainy season.

Global Orphan Prevention has teamed up with the US nonprofit, H.A.N.D. (Helping Assist Nepal's Disabled) to rebuild the Rautesbi Village Maternity Ward in the one of the country's most underserved and remote regions.

The earthquake's aftermath saw the clinic leveled, leaving behind 78 pregnant women attended by one 19-year-old boy. "This is a very rural area," says GOP advisor Eric Moffet. "It's nearly a 100-kilometer drive northwest of Kathmandu on steep unforgiving mountain road. The village is so remote that no aid workers or supply trucks have helped them since the first earthquake hit on April 25th. People are in survival mode here."

Clean Birthing Kit Program:

Our program aims to provide birthing kits to pregnant mothers. These kits are life saving and provide basic, inexpensive tools to help mothers and newborns avoid acquiring infections during childbirth.
Each kit includes;
  1. 1 Birthing mat (for a clean birthing surface)
  2. 1 Blanket (to keep warm)
  3. 1 Bar of soap (for the birth attendant to wash her hands)
  4. 2 Gloves (for birth attendant to wear)
  5. 1 Sterile scalpel blade (to cut the cord)
  6. 3 Pieces of string (2 for tying the umbilical cord, 1 for "just in case")
  7. 5 Gauze squares (to wipe the mother's perineum and baby's eyes)
  8. 1 Sandwich-size ziplock bag (to pack the contents)

In addition to assembling and delivering the kits, the team will build a temporary clinic, and stock it with general supplies such as antiseptic, masks, and further identified items. A portion of labor and delivery training while on site will also be included in the program.

The current condition of Rautbesi Village Maternity Ward and Clinic
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