West Rukum Community Transformation Project (CTP)
"I love being part of the Mothers' Group, learning about how to keep my family healthy. I've also been able to increase my income by using a Group Loan to start up a small grocery shop from my home."
Nasri, West Rukum
Life in West Rukum
West Rukum is a stunning mountainous region about 600km by road from Kathmandu. People live simply, growing staples like maize and wheat, but daily existence can be a challenge. West Rukum is one of the most underdeveloped areas in remote western Nepal.
In the community in which our partner Shanti Nepal works, Aathbiskot Rural Municipality, there is no electricity and only one road in and out of the area. It’s often inaccessible due to monsoon, flood or landslide. While almost every family has access to a garden plot or a small piece of land, it's hard to grow enough food to survive through the different seasons of the year.
have completed high school
rely on family members working outside the community
collect water from a public tap
What does the project do?
- Improves incomes and food security
- Provides access to sanitation, hygiene facilities and safe drinking water
- Offers access to health services (especially for mothers and babies)
In 2023, this project is supported by donors to International Nepal Fellowship Australia and the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
What does the project cost?
|Sanitation, hygiene and safe drinking water||$12,350|
|Food security (income development, small business training)||$19,955|
|TOTAL COST EXCLUDING BIRTHING CENTRE||$43,402|
Special focus: the Birthing Centre
Give birth at home
Deaths per 1000 births
Right now, women must travel 2-3 days along treacherous mountain passes to attend a health post where they can safely give birth.
Shanti Nepal has land and approval to build a Birthing Centre. With no access to electricity, the building will need a solar system. Local women will be selected and trained to become Skilled Birth Attendants.
How much does it cost to set up the Birthing Centre?
|Birthing Centre Inauguration||$581|
|Medicine for deliveries||$2900|
|Birth Attendant Training||$2034|