The School Health Clubs project was initiated and is carried out by the Nepalese NGO HEAR Nepal. It has so far been financed by private donations from Europe and the United States, and HEAR Nepal has contributed with 20%.

The School Health Clubs project is not a classic aid project. It is based on an idea by Madhav Joshi, President of HEAR Nepal, and is carried out exclusively by its Nepalese staff. HEAR Nepal is convinced that a sustainable health project such as this, can and should ultimately be financed by resources from within the country.

We will therefore be soliciting funding from the Nepalese national, regional and local governments, from charity organizations, companies with Corporate Social Responsibility and individual donations. Since this is an educational health project it should in the long term be paid for by the national, regional and local governments.

However, we need generous foreign financial support to kickstart the project and especially to develop good government-approved educational material that can be used in all schools.

During the first years, the project is focused on creating and training School Health Clubs in the district of Bajhang, one of the poorest and least developed districts in Nepal. The insights gained here will be used to improve the model so that it can be applied to oother districts.

COSTS

Based on our budget calculations and our experiences to date, the annual cost of operating a District Health Team in Bajhang, responsible for the training and supervision of 72 schools is approximately € 35,500. The initial establishment of such a Health Team requires an additional € 13,500 for one-time equipment costs.

As the project grows, a total of 7 Province Health Teams will be established that oversee the hiring, training and operation of the District Health Teams in each Province. It is planned that the first such Province Health Team be established in 2020 in Province 7.

Summary – HEAR Nepal Budget for 2019 in USD (Details on request)

Summary – HEAR Nepal Budget for 2020 in USD (Details on request)

(During the first years the salaries for management have been kept artificially low to allow the project to start. During the next few years these salaries will slowly become more in line with regular salaries.)