Since 2014, NAG has been running the mobile health Clinic. It is registered as the NAWA ASHA GRIHA CLINIC with the Nepali health ministry. With a small team of one doctor (Dr. Raju Khatiwada), one head nurse (Sang Dolma Lama) and three junior nurses, the small NAG Clinic situated within NAG provides medical help to all of its students as well as the community. With our 4-wheel Jeep, the NAG clinic team visits remote villages in Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk. There, it provides basic medical help and teaches the locals about hygiene and family planning. After the earthquake in 2015, the nurses and doctor went out to help where they could. During the Covid-19 pandemic the clinic has not only taken care of all the children in the home but has also been supporting the local isolation centers with medicine, safety equipment, food and oxygen. Due to the very difficult situation in Nepal at this very moment, we are running a small ambulance service for the isolation wards in Tokha and other places.
Due to the new Covid-19 outbreak in Nepal, NAG organized tests for the children and staff.
Dr. Raju Khatiwada in front of the clinic’s jeep.
Ambulance transport by NAG. The ambulance driver, Suman, is wearing a protective suit.
The distribution of all the supplies is planned by Gyanendra Sir (school’s principal), Sang Dolma (NAG clinic’s head nurse), Nicole Thakuri and Raju Khatiwada (NAG clinic’s doctor).
Box filled with emergency supplies is ready to go!
Suman waiting for his next transport drive to an isolation ward.
The pick-up is being loaded with oxygen filled cylinders to be transported to the isolation units or desperate individuals.
With the new month, the warm weather started to arrive in March. Classes continued as per usual with the day scholars and hostellers back in their classes. Safety measures are still being taken as the vaccine has not been available to us yet. Teachers will hopefully be getting their vaccine soon in order to ensure their safety against the Covid 19 virus. In other news the graduates of grade 10 and 12 finally got to celebrate their achievement with a special event organised by the upcoming grade 10 and 12. The celebration took place with wonderful performances and special food as well as a small gift for each graduate and their teachers. It was a special moment to finally be able to celebrate after a year of being in lockdown. The festival of colour “Holi” also brought some laughs as we celebrated it with eco friendly colour instead of the normal tika powder which pollutes the water. The festival was also celebrated with special food and a t-shirt painting competition as well as a disco for everyone. It was a great time to let loose and have some fun within NAG while still staying safe from the outside. Despite the difficult circumstances, we take our chance to celebrate the victories and the festivals while the hope of the vaccine remains just within our reach.
As the new month started, our regular routine went on as per usual. Classes have been going well and, as the day scholars have started regular schooling once again, we have been taking extra precautions in order to prevent the virus from getting inside NAG. The hand washing station and the mandatory mask rule have been working as no one has caught the virus. All of the older NAGers who have started going to school outside of NAG got tested for Covid however, no one was tested positive. We have also started a remote learning program in order to give quality education, not only at NAG but also to government schools in villages. A TV was set up in a school in a remote village, and our teachers have been joining in online from their homes to teach the students in a safe and effective way. In other news, extracurricular activities have also been continuing with NAG’s cooking competition taking place weekly. External judges have been visiting in order to give cooking lessons to the NAGers and judge the dishes made by the students. It’s a fun activity to occupy their minds as the virus continues to spread. However, NAG’s head nurse, Munu Lama has gotten the vaccine as she continues to work in the front lines to aid the situation and heal those who have been infected. It is a rough time for everyone around the world, yet we must continue to strive through persistence and determination as the vaccine brings hope to better the situation.
We celebrated the coming of the New Year with movies till midnight and a special meal for all the NAGers. After the long year of 2020, the New Year was just what we needed to celebrate during these trying times. The NAGers also started participating in sports competitions once again, starting with rock climbing as it is not a contact sport and is therefore Covid safe. NAG’s climbing team won 1st and 2nd in the women’s competition and 2nd and 3rd in the men’s. And finally, since all of the other schools have been reopening here in Nepal, NAG is open since January 11 to the day-scholars once again. We are still taking extra measure to prevent the virus from getting into NAG with a mandatory rule on wearing masks as well as a fever check each morning and the installation of a hand washing station at the front entrance. Teachers are also obliged to follow the necessary measures as well as all of the other members of staff. NAG has also taken one step further into eradicating the virus as the first NAGer has gotten the vaccine against Covid 19. Dr Raju Khatiwada has gotten his first dose since he is one of the doctors working on the front lines. Lastly, NAG has started its very own cooking competition for those in the hostel who have an interest for the arts of the kitchen. Two rounds have already been conducted and will soon be uploaded onto the NAG YouTube channel. We at NAG have not sat idly during these harsh times and have instead brought new ways to entertain and teach the NAGers. Although the virus still spreads, the vaccine brings hope and with it, an end to the hardships brought by Covid.
Climbing up high
Getting her temperature checked
Hand washing station by the entrance
Day students coming back to school after very long months
After the Dashain festivals ended, Tihar, the festival of lights approached. We celebrated in different ways this year due to the global pandemic, but it was no less colourful. Since the kids could not go visit other families to perform at their doorstep, all of the performances were done here. The mandalas were also different as we decided to be more eco friendly and make them out of recycled material instead of powdered colour. Bhai Tika, the festival that celebrates the bond between siblings, was also celebrated with all of NAG enjoying snacks and movies during the day. As the Dashain and Tihar holidays came to an end, all of the NAG’ers came back to NAG with a negative PCR test. Those who had caught the virus were sent to a quarantine centre as everyone else was quarantined here, in a separate area, at NAG, just to take extra precautions. After two weeks and once everyone was confirmed with negative tests once again, online schooling started back up with the day students joining in from their homes. Although our routine is back on track, we’re still wearing masks in order to ensure the safety of everyone here. The grade 12 students finally had their exams after having to wait many months to graduate. It was taken in high security, with tables placed outside and the day students being separated from the hostellers. Now, as our routine is back, all activities have also started up again. The kids are playing basketball, practicing dancing, doing art and playing music as they normally would, just while keeping the masks on. We’ve also started showing films with a projector in the dining hall, providing a theatre like experience right here, at home. We hope everyone is staying safe during these troubled times and hope a quick recovery to those who have been affected by the virus.
Preparing for the festival of lights
Enjoying a delicious meal
Bhai Tika – honoring your sisters and brothers
Grade 12 students taking their final exams under different circumstances