Didi 2018 Visit

Rotarian Jan Pryor Visits Didi Foundation Nepal Jan 2018

Northlakes Toukley Rotarian Jan Pryor, completed another successful trip to Nepal to oversee the running of her NGO Didi Foundation Nepal. She undertook to oversee all business activities, visiting outreach programs and making community connections.
Main Objectives and Outcomes
Business Activities
The Didi Foundation team members undertook
• Training in using the on-line accounting system Xero
• Visited the construction site of the new Didi Headquarters and planning was done regarding the room allocations and internal design
• Strategic planning was undertaken for the next three years with emphasis on Didi Foundation becoming independent and sustainable within Nepal
• Preparations were put in place for the 2018 Didi Aid Tours
Visiting Outreach Programs
• Visited Sunkoshi Hospital and guided tour confirmed the hospitals high standard of hygiene, equipment (including X-ray and autoclave machine. Staff demonstrated their gratefulness for the vital signs monitor that was donated in November 2017, and presented a wish list for 2018. We look forward to running health programs at this hospital together with sending specialist medical teams.
• At Sindhuli Deaf School, we view the work of recent guests and made strategic fundraising plans for 2018. Also, dealt with issues regarding protocols when dealing with guests and medical reports compiled by Dr Helen and her team.
• We were invited to meet the new director of health at Sindhuli Public Hospital who presented us with a medical wish list
• At Jagriti School for child labourers, we inspected classrooms; and witnessed the new interactive kindy furniture. Confirmation was also given to send in an Aust/Nepal dental team in 2018. A 2018 wish list was given
Community Connections
• A valuable meeting was had with the Australian Nepal Ambassador, His Excellency Peter Budd. The meeting made strong connections between The Didi Foundation and the Embassy with on-going support on the agenda
• We met with the District Mayor of and assured of the municipalities support for the work of the Didi Foundation and the new building
• Were guests of the Deputy Mayor at the municipality offices where we were introduced to many leaders and politicians who are all interested in the ideologies of The Didi Foundation.
Bright Future Learning Centre:
• Maintenance was undertaken at the centre, which included service check and repair to the broken water filter, replaced gas hot water system and had the fridge re-gassed.
• On review of all student’s exam results, strategies have been put in place to improve grades for the final year report in April. Policies put in place regarding house rules and consequences of not complying will result in being sent back to the village to live with relatives. Should they be returned to their village, education will continue to be funded.
• Families or relatives are being notified of the rules.