Meeting with healthpost in-charge Sukubari Rai and her assistant Man Maya Rai
On Mrs. PICHENOT’s asking, Sukubari Rai shared that she and her assistant were wanting to have a Health Assistant (senior to both the staffs) employed at the healthpost if possible. They also informed that Nepal Government is not going to employ this particular staff at the healthpost. The reason they wanted this senior staff at the healthpost is because they wanted to give the community a higher level of medical service than they themselves could provide.
They also informed that the government salary scale for a Health Assistant is around 35 thousand rupees per month but it is possible to find one who is fresh graduate and is willing to work at around 25 thousand rupees per month as a fresh graduate.
Upon asking, Suku informed that in average 3 pregnant women come to the healthpost to deliver baby each month though this number is not consistent. Patients from areas like Kharikhola, Juving, Takshindu, Wapsa or Damku come to this healthpost as they get better medicine in cheaper cost. And they (Suku and Man Maya) go visit schools in Rapchha to give hygiene awareness class when they are requested to do this.
Currently, the healthpost is stocked with enough medicine but will request with ANUVAM for more when it gets low on it.
Visiting Bodu School
Until few months ago, the priority of Bodu school was an extra school building for more classrooMrs. Then a German group recently helped this school with a new building with three classrooms plus a new toilet building. In the given context, the Headmistress of the school Lila Karki suggested ANUVAM consider gifting the school with a building for Teachers’ Living Quarter instead.
The request for Teachers’ Living Quarter was understandable but it came as a surprise to both Mrs. PICHENOT and FEILSS members. The school staffs could certainly justify their request but we also consulted with Ward 2 Chair Mr. Magar about the validity of this new request. In my recent trip, I had one more meeting with the school staffs and they told me that the Teachers’ Quarter is still their priority.
A genuinely plausible request made this time was a request for a 1000 liter readymade water tank. If we give the school this tank, the tank can be filled during the night from a newly constructed water tap and so there is plenty water to use in three toilets during the school hour. If ANUVAM permits, we would like to fulfill this request as it certainly makes a good sense to do it.
Meeting with Kumarraj Shrestha; Headmaster of Basakhali Secondary School
Kumarraj Shrestha, some of the school teachers, former School Management Committee Chair Anand Rai and current Chair Jase Rai were present at this meeting.
The meeting was also a great flashback via Mrs. PICHENOT’s photos relating to the school which she tool almost two decades ago and shared with present members at this meeting.
In this meeting, at core of the conversation was the Science teachers’ salary that ANUVAM had been paying for last one and half decade or even more. Mr. Shrestha and all present at the meeting were grateful to ANUVAM for this and all other supports the school had been getting from ANUVAM.
We have been hoping to have made some arrangements from the government to pay for the science teacher for the last many years but without any success. During the meeting, Mr. Shrestha officially requested with ANUVAM via Mrs. PICHENOT and Mrs. BOUTRAND about if the association could continue supporting with the salary for at least one or two more years. In the meantime, the principal and School Management Committee and the leaders of the community will continue looking into possibilities about getting the Nepal government to pay the salary of science teacher the soonest possible.