What do we do
Ujeli Care Centre
The care center aims to provide medical support for children in need. It will offer free consultations to homeless children and children attending government schools. This allows these children to obtain medical care, which they could otherwise not afford. The aid includes treatment of wounds, care of lower respiratory tract infections and providing vaccines, antibiotics as well as other required medication. The care center is located in Pokhara which has no children’s hospital to date. Our health assistant, attends to all our pediatric cases with a first look and an accurate therapy if possible. Whenever there is need for more advanced diagnostic evaluation or therapy, a local doctor is consulted or the child referred to a hospital, free of cost wherever possible. The clinic provides room for two children to be admitted for a few days. Hopefully within time we will be able to offer more extensive care and admission after expanding the hospital facilities!
The main focus of Ujeli Care Centre is prevention of disease. We tackle several health issues. Dental and hand hygiene, first aid, dehydration, diarrhea and sexual education are all part of our ever-evolving program. Each year we analyze and evaluate our lessons and try to improve by connecting with professionals who teach us about their specific field of expertise. The cost effectiveness and sustainability of well-thought out preventive care makes our health education program our main focus in Nepal.
We provide each school with toothbrushes, toothpaste and antiseptic soap as well.
It is very satisfying to see the incidence of dental health problems such as caries decline steadily over the years in schools we visit.
The Ujeli Health Camps are an inaugural part of the Ujeli Care Centre.
The aim of the health camps is to treat children and families who do not have access to essential medical care. Our health camps tackle the main pillars of inaccessibility: finances and location.
Medical treatments are funded by donations/fundraising and and are thus free of charge. The health camps are organized per jeep, which means that these camps are very mobile and can provide care for children and families in outlying districts. Our volunteers reach out to those local communities to provide free medical support and each camp we give medical advice and health checkups to up to 200 people.
The Water Project
Safe drinking water is indispensable for basic human health. The United Nations considers universal access to clean water a basic human right, and an essential step towards improving living standards worldwide.
Water is obviously essential for hydration and for food production, but sanitation is an equally important use of water as well.
In Nepal the main sources for water are streams and springs. In the outlying mountain villages these water sources are easily contaminated with human and animal waste, which is a breeding ground for diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever. These diarrheal diseases are a major cause of children mortality in developing countries.
Ujeli Care Center works together with Rotary Sint-Niklaas to distribute water filters to schools and teach the students about the importance of sanitation and clean water. In 2015 we finished the placement of filters in every one of our 12 affiliated schools and orphanages.
In 2015-2016, with the support of Rotary (Sint-Niklaas & Pokhara Fishtail) we are building a safe water source for the Ratnapanday higher secondary school in Arba. This school with 400 students did not have clean running water untill then.