Background

KAILASH MANASAROVAR CHILDREN OF HUMLA – KMCH

(The text is updated in June 2019.)

KMCH is a local and democratically built association in Nepal. It was founded in 2007 and has mainly focused on giving poor children from the district of Humla in Nepal the opportunity to go to school. Chembal.halvfigur lg upplsning 263x350

KMCH is registered at the District Administration Office in Humla and affiliated with the Social Welfare Council in Kathmandu. The Initiator and chairman of KMCH is the former Buddhist monk Chembal Lama. He is from the village of Yangar in Humla. Chembal lives since many years in Kathmandu, he is married and runs a travel agency and sales handicraft on the net.

KMCH Support Group in Sweden, was also started in 2007. It is a non-profit organization which supports KMCH in Nepal. KMCH Support Group has so far, with support from interested individuals, associations and companies, largely financed KMCH´s activities in Nepal. 

Humla is called "The hidden Himalaya". It is one of Nepal's poorest districts. The roads are rather trails that winds along the mountain slopes and the means of transport are usually yaks, goats, donkeys or horses. Utility tools are often outdated, the illiteracy rate is still high and the access to health care is for most people outside the village of Simikot is still rather limited. 

However, changes are afoot. A road is under construction from the border of Tibet. It has now reached the village of Kermi halfway between Tibet and the Simikot which is the capital of Humla. So now, the food KMCH buys in Tibet can be transported to the school home by lorries. However, it probably will take many years until Humla gets a road connection with other parts of Nepal.

The threshing with flails on the flat roofs has largely been replaced by mobile threshing machines and many greenhouses have been built in recent years. Since many years it has been possible to use internet in Simikot, and cell phones can be used in most villages. 

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KMCH has a clear environmental profile and all projects aim to promote sustainable development in the District. The association collaborates among others with the village council of Yangar, the monastery of Namkha Khyung Dzongs, which is the region's cultural center, with the school in the village of Yalbang and with the regional authorities of Humla.

 KMCH´s School Home

KMCH runs a school home in the village of Yangar, which gives children from poor families the opportunity to go to school. 2018 47 children were living at the school home, including 27 girls and 20 boys. They were between 6 and 19 years old and attend a state school in the nearby village of Yalbang. Now in 2019 there live 67 children in the school home. 

KMCH hired at the start 2007 premises for the school home, first in Kathmandu and then 2009 in a rented house in the village of Yangar. In spring 2010 the children in the school home in Kathmandu were moved to Yangar. In the autumn of 2012, the business was moved to an own building on land that the village council of Yangar already 2008 had earmarked for the purpose. The building consisted of four rooms in a plane with a provisional kitchen building nearby.

The place that KMCH can use is located some distance from the village of Yangar. KMCH had already in 2010, with help from the Swiss engineer Bastian Etter, built some toilets and brought water in pipes from a source in the mountains above. That source has the last years given us less and less water so in 2018 we had to go further up in the mountains to get water. Now we have enough water again.

Alla husen 2019Several investments have been made in recent years. Now there are two hostels with two floors containing bedrooms for the children and staff, classrooms, a storage and an office. There are stoves in most of the rooms. A new kitchen was built in 2016. The same year a water and hygiene project were completed that led to significantly improved hygiene facilities. However, much remains to be done to achieve good convenience.  In 2019, the construction of shower rooms and new toilets were started. (On the photo you see the two hostels and our kitchen.)

The children manage a greenhouse and kitchen gardens. Yields from these provide important vitamins and a variety to the otherwise rather one-sided diet. All other food is purchased in Tibet or in Simikot. There is no food for sale in the neighbourhood.

During 2017 and 2018 we planted fruit trees in order to eventually have a further varied diet. We have sent some persons from Humla to Kathmandu to get trained in planting and caring for fruit trees. We hope that that the Tree Planting PROJECT (TPP) will spread knowledge outside the school home.

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The only outlet for water until 2016.. Unsecure access and mostly crowded. Work in the green house.

KMCHs health clinic

In cooperation with the nearby monastery of Namkha Khyung Zong KMCH ran between 2008 and 2016 a health clinic Namkhyung Charity Clinic, NCC in Yalbang. The clinic had its premises in the monastery. The attendance rate was high, and all the care was free.

At the beginning of 2017, the authorities of Humla opened a health clinic nearby the children's school. This meant that KMCH could close NCC and concentrate on the school home. This is a development that we affirm. It is important that basic societal functions such as Health care is run by responsible authorities if the funding is mainly through other NGOs.

Other projects

The school home is the project that KMCH Support Group prioritizes.  Starting other important projects requires special funding and support, including administrative and technical competence. 

In the context of the idea of self-help, KMCH has initiated and inspired the construction of greenhouses. KMCH ran previous adult education and a small handicraft project. In 2012, Adult education was taken over by the authorities, which have subsequently dismantled it. The handicraft project is dormant.

KMCH has hopes of being able to initiate/influence the authorities of Humla and other associations to start projects for reforestation and teaching in agriculture and cattle farming, etc. in the children's school. Our recently started project – Tree Planting Project, TPP – now concentrated on planting fruit trees at the school home is a step in that direction.

We are glad to say that the school in 2020 are planning to start education in agriculture and cattle farming. We are glad to hear that for it is an important step in the development of the region.

The needs are great in this poor and deprived region. Commitment and willingness to change are among the population. What they need to continue the process of change is support in the form of money and competence in different areas.

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 Plowing with yaks is possible on the slightly larger fields.  Threshing machines have largely replaced threshing with flails.