PHASE stands for ‘Practical Help Achieving Self-Empowerment’, and that is exactly what they do; they are a charity working in Nepal (through local partners) with communities to provide the skills and services families need to break the cycle of poverty. PHASE works in extremely isolated Himalayan mountain villages in Nepal. These regions have very limited resources, a harsh climate and mountainous terrain – it is a real challenge to deliver even basic services here, especially following the devastating earthquakes that shook the country in April and May 2015.
At PHASE, they believe that poor health, low education and poverty are all aspects of the same problem and create a vicious cycle, preventing people from controlling their own futures. For over 10 years they have been working to sustainably reduce poverty through community based health
projects, which particularly support the most vulnerable (so called ‘low caste’ families, children and people with disabilities). PHASE empowers communities, and works in partnership with the local government, to re-establish health and education services, leading to self-sustaining provision.
PHASE specialises in working in extremely remote Himalayan areas
Mountainous places with scant resources, difficult terrain, no transport links and very few or no basic services.
PHASE works in sustainable ways
They involve local communities in programme development, have a commitment to strengthening government services and aim to make a difference, but not to stay.
PHASE takes an integrated approach
Poor health, limited education and food insecurity are aspects of the same problem and create a cycle which prevents people from taking control of their own future. Some of their big focuses are literary programmes for children in schools in Nepal, and women’s education. Only by elevating people through education and literacy can they hope to give these remote communities a sustainable future.
PHASE has demonstrated success
Between 2006 – 2013 they treated over 230,000 patients in 13 health centres for an average cost of £2 per person. At least one child’s life is saved every month. 294 women completed their literacy classes and they have trained 306 teachers. They have provided 647 farmers with agricultural and livestock training.