Vajra Foundation

Introduction:

Mr. Maarten Olthof travels to various parts of the globe especially to the underdeveloped and developing countries. During these visits he saw the level of poverty in these various countries and felt the need to contribute for their upliftment. He then started these projects on a small scale in Madagascar and Ecuador, followed by Nepal. As the success of these projects grew and funds started flowing in which could enable the formation of Vajra Foundation Holland in 1997. Soon after establishing Vajra Foundation Holland, a Nepalese counterpart was established, Vajra Foundation Nepal in 1998. Vajra Foundation Nepal (VFN) is a non-governmental, non-profit making, non-political, non-religious and non-sectoral social organization established in 1998. It is registered in District Administration Office, Kathmandu (Registration number is 717/054 B.S as per the Organization Registration Act 2034 BS). It is also affiliated with Social Welfare Council, NGO Federation Nepal and Blood Donor Association Nepal (affiliation no. are 9160/056 B.S., 127/058 and 802/058 respectively). VFN has been working in collaboration with United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital- Sinamangal, Lutheran World Federation and Nepal Medical Association too.

Vision: To help in improving the education, health and socio-economical conditions of the villagers who are backward and to enable them to become independent and self-reliant.

Mission: To conduct training and make them a skilled individuals by using natural resources of villages in order to make them self-reliant.

Goals:

  • empower local communities
  • to use the natural resources of the village surroundings
  • promote and make villagers aware of their skills
  • conduct training and programs to make them a more self reliant.
  • resolve their requirements by introducing a self reliant and awareness policy.

Objectives:

  • To make people aware regarding the issues of environmental protection.
  • To provide scholarships to intelligent children below poverty line and orphans.
  • To run an educational program for the poor, disabled and orphans.
  • To improve the appropriate technologies for basic needs & create opportunities to improve the quality of life & economic status. ·       To provide the technical and management support in the field of energy and environment.
  • To conduct various study and exchange information, share experiences and ideas related to rural development with other NGO’s.
  • To execute the developmental activities in conduction with governmental agencies.
  • To provide necessary training in order to upgrade the skills of the people.
  • To motivate the people to unite and work collectively for the development of communities.
  • To help people become aware about the need of development of their villages and communities.

 

Vajra Foundation Nepal & its activities: The following are the main activities of the foundation;

  • Community Health Development Program:
  • Free health camp program:
  • Building construction program:
  • Solar cooker program:
  • Kitchen gardening program:
  • Improved cooking stove program :
  • Improved Livestock program:
  • Dalit Support program:
  • Educational scholarship program:
  • Vajra Academy :

 

Vajra Foundation Nepal Board:

Mr. Ramkaji Paudel                                          Chairman

Mr. Dor Bahadur Bhandari                              Vice-chairman

Mr. Tika Dhoj Bhandari                                    Secretary

Mr. Laxman Thapa                                            Treasurer

Mr. Bhupendra Bikram Thapa                         Executive Member

Mrs. Bimala Pandit                                            Executive Member

Mr. Damodar Paudel                                         Executive Member

 

Achievements of Vajra Foundation;

Community Health Development Program

Area: 8 VDCs of Sindhupalchok (Ramche, Mankha, Petku, Thumpakhar, Dhuskun, Barhabise, Ghumthang and Maneswara) Beneficiaries: Training

  • AHWs (Auxiliary Health Worker)
  • 8  VHWs (Village Health Worker)
  • 7  MCHWs (Mother and Children Health Worker)
  • 72 FCHVs (Female Community Health Volunteer)
  • 1 male and 1 female selected  members of each ward (= 144 people), 48 schools

First-Aid & Health Instruments

  • 48  Schools,  72  FCHVs,  7 MCHWs  and  8 VHWS
  • Strecher for each wards
  • Toilet and Drinking water  supply construction  most  school.

 

 

Follow-up Camp  (Organized  in each 6 months)

  • 1,000people benefited.

 

Kitchen Gardening

  • About 900 mothers are trained and distributed seeds to them.

Altogether about 45000 people are benefited by this program

 

Free Health Camp Program

Area: Sindhupalchok district (patients from Neighbor districts and About 200 Tibetan are also benefiting)

About 18,000  people benefited by nonsurgical  consultancies and medicinal support camp

About 1,500 people benefited by  minor/ major surgical camp.

 

Solar Cooker  Program

Area: Seven Bhutanese Refugees Camp of Jhapa and Morang District of Eastern Nepal (About 85,000 refugees are benefited)

6847 Solar Cooker has been distributed.

29,580 Aluminum cooking pots have been distributed.

14790 hey-boxes have been distributed.

 

Improved Cooking Stove

Area: Sindhupalchok district

About 220 stoves constructed and trained about how to construct.

About 220 housewives get rid of from smoke directly and thousands got also because after training they constructed for their neighbor also.

 

Animal Husbandry Program

Goat rearing in Ramche: 22 goats were distributed and local are continuing it as it is the source of income.

 

 

 

Building Construction Program

Area:  Sindhupalchok district

1 Primary and 3 Secondary school was constructed  and provided  sufficient  educational, musical sport materials; (About 3,000 students are getting quality education of their level) , 2 Secondary school building is under construction.

1 floor of Primary healthcare center Barhabise was upgraded and instruments were provided. (Capacity of building has been increased as it has greater patient flow and facilities helped to serve more than hundred extra patients in a day)

 

Drinking Water and Toilet construction Program

Toilet- 47nos., Drinking water-37nos.  has been constructed and altogether about 30 thousands students benefited. (from Simavi)

35 Toilet s and 14 drinking water tap by Vajra in School (before Simavi) and about 10000 benefited.

Drinking Water Supply in Chulthi & Arukharka– about 300 people benefited.

 

Educational Program

                Scholarship Program:

  • 121 students are being sponsored.
  • 59 students are  studying in Merryland  and other university  (higher  than  class 9)
  • 146  students are  studying in Vajra Academy  (Up to class 5)

Altogether about 150 (including the families whose child already completed study) families are benefiting and foundation got same numbers of volunteers to work in local level.

 

Vajra Academy:

Vajra Academy  is constructed  and operated from 15 April 2007 from Class Nursery to Class 3 (Six classes)  & up to class 9.

Building and premises is Eco-friendly with solar steam Kitchen, Bio-gas installation and other Eco-friendly practices.

23 teachers and 1 Principal are the Academic staffs.

 

No. of Benificiaries (Directly/indirectly)

 

S.N.

Program

Direct Beneficiaries

Indirect Beneficiaries

Total

1

Solar Cooker Program

85,000

All the human being due to less air pollution

85000

2

Health Camp

20,000

About 15,000 got consultancies only but not medicine mostly in follow up camp

20000

3

Scholarship Program

150

About 1000 (Assuming 6-7 family members)

1000

4

Water Supply and Toilet Construction

40000

 

40000

5

Kitchen Gardening

900

About 6000 (Assuming 6-7 family members)

6000

 

Saving and Credit

About 250

Assuming 6-7 family members

1500

6

Building construction 

School Building
Primary Health center

8000
60000

30 VDCs are benefiting and neighbor districts are also benefited.

8000
60000

7

Vajra Academy (a secondary level school)

310 Students +26 teachers+14 staffs

Sponsored students and family. (There are about 180 paying students also)

400*

8

Goat rearing

50

About 500 (Assuming 10 farmers family members)

500

9

Community Health Development Program

 

About 50000 people

50000

10

Improved Cooking Stove

220 house

About 8000 Assuming 6-7 family members of 1500 family (Neighbors also constructed learning from them)

8000 

 

 

Total

   

2,80,500