Current Programmes- Education & Sowing and Cutting Training

The Trust works in a number of communities providing School Sponsorship, Sustainable Farming Training, Environmental Studies, School Building Projects, Medical Assistance and Sowing & Cutting Training. Our approach is firstly to listen to requests made to us by individuals and communities and where possible provide assistance to requests made through financing and technical support.

In one such instance we responded to requests made by community leaders to build much needed dormitories, toilet /shower blocks and a kitchen at a school for Mentally and Physically handicapped children. As a result the school now has excellent facilities and is one of two schools in Nepal offering accommodation for students. The other being in the capital Kathmandu ( see the building programme under completed projects). Assistance is still needed to help with the day to day running costs at the school.     Other current programmes include –

SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP

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Narayani School

Our School Sponsorship Programme provides assistance to children  who’s parents are unable to afford to pay the required fees for them to attend school. A high percentage of families are subsistance farmers who find it impossible to generate enough income to pay for their childs education.  Without the support of this programme a large number of children living in the area we work in would not be able to attend school.

You can help send a child to school by becoming a sponsor. The Trust is currently funding the education of over 40 children with the help of people who have kindly offered to sponsor one or more of the children. We ensure that sponsors money goes directly to the families in need of support. We visit the homes of each child on our visits each year and we have coordinators working in the villages to ensure all fees are paid on time. To send a child to school for a year the cost is-

UK   £150

Australia $200

US $200

This amount ensures that a child will recieve all that is needed to be able to attend school for a year this includes all fees, uniforms, shoes ,bags, books & pens.

The total number of children who have and are being sponsored by the Sarimilla Trust since it’s formation has numbered over sixty. Out of this number twelve children have passed the school leaving certificate. Five of these are now attending college and one is finishing year twelve and is now attempting to join the police force. Others have found employment locally and in Kathmandu and a few are now married. Some children have left the sponsorship programme due to parents moving away to take employment in other areas. There are currently forty one children on the sponsorship programme, requests for help are made to us on our visits each year. If you’d like to help then please contact us.

Your offer of assistance through school sponsorship makes a huge difference to the future of the children and their communities. Education opens doors for all of us and not least for that young girl or boy in Nepal.

College Student Sponsorship

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     Jammuna Karki

     We currently have a number of our students attending colleges, all have been with us in our sponsorship programme for some years now. Jammuna is in her final year of study to become a Lab Assistant in January of this year she was offered employment at a local hospital after doing voluntary work there. She has been supported by our sponsorship programme from the age of 7, after her mum tragically died and her father walked out on Jammuna and her twin brother. Jammuna has done extremely well and we thank all who have supported her over the years without that support she would have missed out on an education. Jammuna and her brother lived in an orphanage for some years, the Sarimilla Trust has supported their education from primary school through to college. Jammuna’s twin brother Elesh is now studying business at college.

  Vocational Training is also available for students who don’t wish to go onto college but want to equip themselves with a skill to find employment.

  The Sponsorship Programme has opened doors for children who otherwise would have missed out on an education.The Sarimilla Trust continues to look for funding for these children to attend college.

Sowing and Cutting Training

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Sowing & Cutting Training Center

  The Sarimilla Trust has recently begun financing a sowing and cutting training programme designed to help ladies who previously were unskilled. A group of ladies who are attached to the Methodist Church here in the UK donated £100 to our Trust for us to buy a sowing machine in Nepal. This was arranged on our latest visit and now a small group of ladies in Nepal are learning new skills in order to start their own business. We also took over some womens health products made by the same group of ladies here in the UK to distribute in the communities we work in. These health products were gratefully recieved. Once the ladies in Nepal have acquired better skills in sowing they will be able to make the health products themselves to supply more women in the local community. The Trust needs funds for cloth and also to expand this programme so we can include more women This kind of training gives women the power to learn skills to help family income or to support themselves independentley.

 

  FARMERS TRAINING & COOPERATIVE

Over the past six years the Trust has been funding training for the development of sustainable agriculture in Nepal. The region known as the Terai is the bread basket of Nepal and it’s in this region that our main projects are run. The rising costs of fertilizers, chemicals and fuel has made it especially hard for farmers to survive. Much of the agriculture in this region relies heavily on the input of petro-chemical based products to produce crops. A 4 year study by UNESCO concluded that Sustainable Organic Agriculture will provide a secure longterm answer for food security throughout the world

Mrs Kamala Pandey ( pictured below ) requested that we might help her to develop her farm along organic lines after she heard of work Steve had been involved in in other areas of Nepal.

                                                          Kamala (centre) initiated the training course

The Ecological Services Centre (ESC) based in Narayanghat runs a large number of courses in sustainable agriculture for both farms and schools in the area. Through long standing contacts we were able to invite the team at the ESC to introduce a number of courses to the community in Thumsi in which we sponsor some 56 children to go to school.Introductory courses have been run and all participants want to develop these ideas on their own farms. We are currently providing funds for further training programmes and it’s our aim to provide farmers with the expertise to develop sustainable farming in the area around Thumsi. The ESC will also provide training in marketing of organic produce grown on farms in Thumsi. Our aim is to develop a cooperative to provide the surrounding communities with organic produce and at the same time free farmers from the use of pesticides and herbicides for crop production. We are looking at the possibilities of developing a demonstration farm in Thumsi where people can learn about the techniques and benefits of sustainable farming first hand.

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Farmers’ Training Course Participants, Thumsi, Nepal

Update Feb 2016

An organic farmers cooperative has now been formed in Gaidakot and they have lobbied the government to obtain a grant of $2000 to rent land to use as a demonstration area to train other farmers organic practices. After our initial training the government provided organic farming trainers of their own and Gaidakot has now become a recognised district for organic produce. A retail outlet is being opened soon as demand grows in the towns and cities for organically grown food.

Attached to this  is a 200 strong womens cooperative led by Mrs Kamala Pandey who is also a member of the Nepal Permaculture Group committee and regularly travels to Kathmandu from her home for regional meetings. The Sarimilla Trust provided the funds for Kamala to attend farming teacher training courses which she has used to develop the cooperative.

Update Feb 2014

Training in mushroom cultivation was held this month, a small group of women attended this pilot scheme to develop confidence in mushroom production. The idea is to provide another income for farmers and also to introduce organic farming to another community. We want to expand the successful organic farming programme introduced by the Trust some years ago in other areas. We will also assist in marketing mushrooms produced.

Update November 2010

Our Farmers Training programme has taken on new dimensions in holding the 48th Permaculture Design Course in Nepal. Participants from Colleges and Universities attended the course which was held in Narayanghat, Chitwan District. The Permaculture concept can now reach a whole new audience and help build a sustainable farming programme in the area. Teacher Training courses have been run to train local farmers to become teachers themselves ensuring the programme remains in the control of  local farmers and villagers. Demonstration Farms are being introduced and developed by course participants and training in mushroom production was given for the first time. Farmers intend to form a cooperative to help market their produce. The courses are funded by the Sarimilla Trust and run by the Ecological Services Centre in Narayanghat.

Permaculture Design Course

Course Participants Nov 2010

Update March 2011

On our visit this year we attended a Farmers Field Training that was being conducted in another area of Gaidakot, Nepal. The training sessions were being given on a piece of land that was donated by Mrs Durga Lamichani who is converting her farm to organic. Durgas’ farm will become a rescource centre for other farmers in the area who are interested in the concepts of Permaculture and Sustainable farming.

Mrs Durga Lamichani in her field

Course Paticipants Feb 2011

A cooperative of over 200 growers has now been formed in the area of Gaidakot along with a Permaculture Group. The cooperative will ensure a reliable supply of organic produce wil be available for the maket place. Plans for a retail outlet are currently underway to enable the farmers to market their produce. There is a growing demand for organic food in Nepal particulaly in the capital Kathmandu. The purpose of the farmers training however is to firstly help the small farmers become self suffiicient and secondly help him/her to market any surplus crops for profit. We look forward to expanding the training programme in the future.

Digging for Victory !! Feb 2011

Update  March 2013

The Organic Programme continues to grow throughout the district as more and more farmers join the movement. Farmers Training programmes have been operating throughout the year. On this visit we had discussions with local groups regarding the options for marketing organic produce now being grown in 3 districts. Ecological Services Centre members who run our farmers training programmes are currently running a survey into the supply of produce. We are looking into the possibilty of opening an outlet for the cooperative to sell their produce in the local town of Narayanghat. This will also serve as a collection centre for produce that maybe sold further afield.

Saving seed of Local Varieties

Traditional Bee Hives on Organic Farm

We’d like to thank once again the team at Ecological Services Centre in Narayanghat, Chitwan, Nepal for their expertise and organisation in the Farmers Training Programme. We’d also like to thank the many farmers who have joined the programme and are working towards producing food in a sustainable manner we look forward to funding future developments. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this important programme.

Much needed funding to ensure the continuing development of these important programmes

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Prize Giving Day Narayani School

The Environmental Studies Programme is now into it’s third year at Narayani School in Nawal Parasi District. Children are learning about the benefits of Sustainable Farming and Permaculture. We feel it’s very important that children are informed about the challenges which lay ahead for rural communities such as theirs.

We were able to attend a training day and we were very impressed by the students enthusiasm for this course. Lessons include creating a kitchen garden, care of seedlings, crop rotation, companion planting etc. We found that children would take these new skills home with them and introduce them to their own farm. Parents are encouraged to attend practical days at school which helps us gain access to new farms.

The staff at Ecological Services, who are involved in our Farming programmes, provide teachers and staff for the course. Children at Narayani School are very excited about this course and the Principle is keen to keep this programme running into the future. Funds for this and other programmes are provided by the Sarimilla Trust and we would welcome any financial support to keep this programme running.