Author: Stella Deetjen

Damit er nicht alleine bleibt

Wir helfen einem Zweieinhalbjährigen Wenn eine derartige Tragödie geschieht, erschüttert das ein ganzes Dorf wie ein Erdbeben. Doch am Schlimmsten hat es den zweieinhalbjährigen Milan getroffen. Er steht jetzt alleine da. Einigkeit Seine Eltern Putali und Dharmaraj waren einst ein glückliches Ehepaar. Sie lebten in den Bergen Mugus, im Dorf Loharbada, in dem wir 2012 unser erstes Geburtshaus eröffneten. Als einfache Lastenträger verdienten sie gerade soviel, um ein genügsames Leben zu führen. Als Putali schwanger wurde, freuten sich beide, bald eine richtige Familie zu sein. Im...

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Spielend lernen

Schuluniformen, warme Kleidung und Schulmaterialien bedeuten für bedürftige Kinder viel, aber nicht alles. Ein Grund für uns von Back to Life, warum wir auch Schulen aus- und aufbauen, Sanitäranlagen errichten, Klassenräume ausstatten, Bibliotheken einrichten und Lehrer weiterbilden. Denn eines steht fest: Bildung ist wichtig! Aber auch emotionale Erziehung spielt eine große Rolle. Unser Einsatz dafür: Spielplätze. Erster! Rupkala, eine Erstklässlerin, ist morgens schon fertig für die Schule, bevor das Frühstück bereitet ist. Aber erst, seit es den Spielplatz an der Schule gibt. „Ich...

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Eine Schulzeit voller Experimente

Back to Life richtet ein Schülerlabor ein Die Thakaltar-Schule in Chitwan bietet Unterricht vom Kindergarten bis zur 10. Klasse und bald bis zum Abitur an. Das ist eine Seltenheit in einer ländlichen, armen Gegend wie dieser und bedarf deshalb besonderer Unterstützung. Back to Life ist ein langjähriger Partner der Thakaltar-Schule. Wir arbeiten dort seit 2015 und haben die Transformation von einer schlecht ausgestatteten, von den Erdbeben 2015 zerstörten Dorfschule zu einer der besten ländlichen Schulen im Distrikt zusammen mit der Gemeinde vorangetrieben. Im März war es an der Zeit,...

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Den Winter gibt es gleich 2x in Nepal

Hemanta & Shishir Nepal hat 6 Jahreszeiten zu bieten Wer einmal in Nepal war, wird das Land vermutlich nie vergessen. Es ist wunderbar. Die Natur ist unvergleichlich vom Flachland im Süden, dem Terai, das nur auf 70 Metern liegt, bis in das Hochland im Norden, das den Mount Everest als den höchsten Punkt der Welt ein- schließt. Die Höhe steigt langsam an und macht aus Nepal ein geografisch extrem vielfältiges Land. Die Vielfalt spiegelt sich auch in den sechs Jahreszeiten wider:• Winter: Shishir• Frühling: Basanta• trockener Sommer: Grishma• Spätsommer mit Monsunregen: Barshaa•...

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In focus: the earthquakes in 2015

On April 25, 2015, Nepal was hit by a severe earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 – the epicenter was only 80 km from the capital Kathmandu. Devastating tremors raged for 90 seconds. People ran outside in panic. Houses, roofs, stairs and walls collapsed. Power cables, masts, water tanks and advertising signs became lethal projectiles. There were landslides in many places. Countless schools, historic buildings and temples as well as roads, bridges and other infrastructure were destroyed. The force of the plate shift was so strong that Kathmandu was shifted three meters to the south. It...

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Mangal Rokaya reinvents itself

A self-determined life despite polio thanks to income generation THIS IS MANGAL’S STORY | Mangal was born healthy. He started walking when he was 12 months old. Today Mangal is 26 years old, he comes from a family that works as a day laborer in agriculture high up in the Mugu mountains. SUDDENLY EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT | His mother reports that as a toddler he suddenly had a fever, then was weak and often cried. Weeks passed before the parents realized that he could no longer stand. They did not know about the disease “polio”, until Mangal was about 5 years old that someone...

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Good and cheap solution – the clay oven

In some areas of Chitwan, many families only settled down a few generations ago. Before that they lived as hunters and gatherers in the forests that now form the ‘Chitwan National Park’. With the opening of the national park in 1973, families had to give way and get used to a new lifestyle in the hills outside the park. They have always used open wood fires for cooking and have continued to do so to this day, as other fuels such as gas or kerosene are unaffordable. The women, because collecting wood is women’s work, often have to walk long distances in order to carry the...

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In conversation with Rup from Mugu

Educated – Agricultural Experts for Mugu Our measures for agricultural development in Mugu, with which we want to give the residents the opportunity to sustainably improve their income situation. One of the long-term measures is to give young Mugu men an agricultural education. After completing their training, these young agricultural experts return to their villages and share their knowledge with the locals in order to achieve the greatest possible multiplier effects. Rup Bahadur is one of them and has completed the 15-month training as a “junior agricultural technician” at a state...

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The future on four legs

Goat breeding as a new source of income In our project villages in Chitwan, southern Nepal, the people would like to make a living from farming. They plant vegetables, fruits and cereals for their own needs, but the arable land is usually much too small and the yield is not enough to feed the family. Since most of the residents have no other income opportunities, they walk through the neighboring villages every day to offer their labor as day laborers on the surrounding construction sites or on the market. Often, however, they return home empty-handed as there is not a job for everyone. The...

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Never dangerous again

The power of the sun protects people and nature A few weeks ago, before the onset of winter in the Mugu mountains, we returned to the small village of Kimri. The project visit was originally planned for spring, but due to the corona crisis we had to postpone our plans to autumn 2020. Good timing, because now the promised solar lighting systems were produced and could be installed by our employees. New attitude towards life When our colleagues approached the village after a two-day walk, they could already see Kimri’s stone houses from some distance, the sun was shining and the colourful...

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Kimri on fire

From emergency aid to our largest construction project FIRE! When this call resounds in a remote mountain village, it is clear that it can quickly turn into a catastrophe. It was the same in May 2018 in Kimri, a mountain village in Mugu. A domestic fireplace for cooking turned into a major fire that completely destroyed 19 houses within one day, stole the families’ already meager belongings and burned irreplaceable artefacts of their religious lama culture – some centuries old. 112 people – old people, young people, parents, children, from now on they were all faced with...

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COVID-19: the current situation in Nepal

Unfortunately, the developments of the corona pandemic do not stop at Nepal either. As early as January 2020, it was announced that a Nepalese student had been infected in China before returning to Nepal. In the weeks that followed, the number of infections rose rapidly around the world, but initially no further infections were reported in Nepal. The epidemiologist Prof. Dr. Madhav Bhatta of Kent State University in the United States, speaking to us at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, expected the COVID-19 epidemic in Nepal to be more advanced than official statistics suggest. Strict...

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Dreams come true – lessons up to high school graduation

School building is a focus of our project work in Nepal. We aim to create new grades where there is a lack of secondary schools. Back to Life already turned to the school in Thakaltar (Chitwan) after the earthquake in 2015, as they could no longer use part of the building for school lessons due to the damage. We added a large, two-story building with … classrooms to the two smaller, undamaged buildings. Built earthquake-proof and equipped with tables, benches and monitors to enable modern and effective teaching. At that time, 292 students attended the school, the only one far and wide...

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Expanded – the path is free up to 8th grade

Back to Life has been supporting the Janajyoti School in the Chitwan District, near the Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal, since 2010. The school is located in a village that is characterized by deep poverty. The Chepang people who live there are among the poorest minorities in Nepal. That is why we support the families with, for example, scholarships for school children, school meals, health care, access to clean energy and income generation. In 2016 Back to Life rebuilt and equipped an earthquake-proof school building with two classrooms, which was previously destroyed by the severe...

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School clothes make the man

Steep and dusty trails, protruding branches on the long, winding paths through the mountains, muddy holes in the ground, snowfall, downpours and high mountain sun – there are many challenges for the school uniform of the children in our project areas. Often the uniform is their only intact set of clothing and is also worn after school. On all important occasions anyway. The families are too poor to buy summer and winter uniforms and shoes for their children. In the past, the requirement to wear a school uniform prevented countless school visits. Back to Life changed that. The students...

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How to wash properly has to be learned – our baby bath training

Back to Life supports the mothers with various training courses so that they can care for the newborns in the best possible way. This also includes the “baby bath training” that was developed by our midwives for the young mothers. It shows them how important regular hygiene right from the start is for a healthy growth. They learn which diseases they can actively prevent through hygiene, such as diarrhea, skin diseases, ear infections. Regular bathing of babies has simply been neglected so far, due to lack of water, because of the cold or because it was not perceived as important. The mothers...

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Solar lighting systems for 520 households

The night grows lighter in Gamtha In March 2017 we reported on the delivery and installation of solar lighting systems for over 500 families in Gamtha, Mugu. From the beginning of our activities in Mugu, we have also focused on ecological and clean energy sources in our on-site projects. In addition to our smoke-free stoves, which gradually replaced the usual open fire – with the resulting toxic smoke development – in the houses, we also opted for simple but very effective solar light systems. Resource protection in the barren mountains of Mugu is not only a practical side...

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High school graduates

Our first high school graduates – we are very proud of you! Stand on their own two feet and finance themselves, that is the goal of Rita and Sarita from Chitwan – and they are well on their way there. You are our first high school graduate! We have supported them since they started school through school sponsorships, their parents could not have afforded their daughters to go to school. Rita and Sarita passed their secondary school leaving certificate at the Thalkatar School in 2018, so far they had finished after the 10th grade. The schools that offer the Abitur are so far...

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