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Prakash develops himself as a model farmer
Prakash Thapa is 27 years old resident of Kukhure village-8 Mahakali Village Development Committee. He has four family members including his parents, wife and son. The main occupation of his family is agriculture and livestock. Prakash stayed in city Kathmandu and works in marketing for few years. Later he is not satisfied with his job so decided to go back home and support family in agriculture.

The Beginning of the Movement

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The Beginning of the Movement

The Scripture verse “love your neighbour, as you love yourself” and common saying of “prevention is better than cure” inspired   Ramesh Khadka, a young dental hygienist working in Patan Hospital’s Dental Department. His experiences in interacting with dental patients from the rural areas, instilled in him a burning desire to reach out and help rural communities where health care services were inaccessible. Starting in 1993, carrying medicine and other equipment in a backpack, Ramesh started visiting VDCs in Godavari in Lalitpur, Balkot in Bhaktapur, Ranipauwa in Nuwakot, Sabrubesi in Rasua, Pharping and Nanglebhare in Kathmandu district on foot to provide basic oral health care services. The “one man’s backpack free mobile clinic” during these early ventures were focused on oral health care including extraction, dental treatment, health education and brushing technique. People suffering from oral cancer, advanced dental abscesses and gum diseases were the main service seekers. Most of these cases could easily have been avoided by maintaining basic oral hygiene and preventive care. These experiences made a deep impression in the heart of Ramesh and convinced him to do something for the prevention of diseases and early health intervention for a healthy life of the rural communities.


The work began in a small way, visiting the villages, conducting dental camps, awareness programs and interacting with people.


For the service rendered people expressed their gratitude in different ways. Some offered food and others offered their homes to rest. In one instance, an elderly woman who received treatment for a dental problem became overwhelmed. In her desire to pay Ramesh for the service she invited him fervently to her home. Her one room mud house was dark and mouldy but she was full of excitement at the arrival of her special guest. She ran all around and reached for the highest wooden shelf in the house where her items of value were stored. Slowly she reached out to bring out an old worn out plastic packet, she unpacked it with care and proceeded to find a plate and poured out the beaten rice. The precious beaten rice had been kept for her son, who was away from home and as a special treatment on his return. Ramesh reminded her of her son and she wanted to share the beaten rice with him. The treat and eagerness to share touched Ramesh’s heart.


The experiences, gratitude of the community members and the convection gave momentum to forming an organisation that would reach out to the remote communities to provide basic health care services. Ramesh shared his feeling with friends, church leaders and relatives and sort their advice.  As a first step a meeting space was provided by Dr. Kaarlo Suomela, Head of the Dental Department at Patan Hospital, which gave way for the formation of an NGO. 


On January 15th, 1994, an NGO was registered under the name Share and Care in Medico, Nepal (SCM/N), as the first Christian NGO in Nepal, to respond to the health care needs of vulnerable communities in the country. In the same year, on June 22, 1994, SCM/N took over the management of Pharping Clinic a component of a project running under the management of CDHP/UMN.


In 1995 Ramesh got an opportunity to participate in a three-month training program at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), Jamkhed, India. As part of the learning an action plan for community based health and development program was designed to be implemented in Pharping, with the shift from “charity and welfare” to “community based development”.


In July 12th, 2005 to respond to the community needs to the wholist development approach SCM/N made a decision to change its name from SCM/N to Share and Care Nepal (SCN). From then on, SCN has been involved in reaching out to the poor and vulnerable communities in Nepal through empowering them and helping them in bringing transformation in their lives through various program and activities.


The Growth and Expansion


In 1995, through Dr. Dick Harding and Late Dr. Mabelle Arole, SCN made contact with funding partners who supported the project. In the same year, Yona Sithling, a young student joined as a volunteer. Two village health workers from CRHP, Jamkhed came to Pharping to share their experiences and sensitize the women on their role in development. In 1996, five field staffs were recruited and the community based health and development project started in two VDCs i.e. Sheshnarayan and Dakshinkali. The project was based on the integrated primary health care approach.


In 1998 the project expanded to all the 6 VDCs of the area (South of Kathmandu district). Other staffs were added.


In 2002, an integrated community based health and development project (CBHDP) was designed and launched in two new VDC’s in North Eastern Part of Kathmandu district (Nanglebhare and Lapsiphedi).


In 2003, SCN celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the theme “Joy of the Journey”. During which SCN reflected on its challenges and celebrated achievements together with the community members, friends and well wishers.


In 2006, after 13 years of tireless effort, the Pharping clinic, which grew into a primary health care centre was finally transformed into “A School for Community” which provides learning opportunities for women and youth through non traditional ways. It offers a degree course recognized by the country’s oldest university i.e. the Tribhuvan University (TU) and also has a community resource centre, community library and computer literacy program.


In 2008, a program in Makwanpur was launched, “Women in Difficult Circumstances (WDC), with the overall goal to improve in protection of girl child from trafficking in Hatauda Municipality and five adjoining VDCs.


In 2012, an Action Based Community Development was launched in 5 VDCs of Nuwakot district with the overall goal to facilitate a process of change in order to improve the quality of life.


In 2012, an Advocacy and Women Empowerment Project (AWEP) was launched 2 VDCs (Kalikatar and Bharta) of Makwanpur to facilitate and advocate a process of change in order to improve the quality of life of women.


In 2013, an Action Based Community Development through Empowerment (ABCD-E) project was launched in 3 VDCs (Samundradevi, Sunakhani and Thanapati) of Nuwakot disctrict to facilitate a process of change in order to improve the quality of life.


In 2013, an empowerment of Women in Difficult Circumstances (e-WDC) project was launched in 4 VDCs (Aambhanjyang,  Makwanpurgadhi,  Harnamaadi, and Sukaura) of Makwanpur district to improve social, economical well being of women and protect from human trafficking and its consequences.


In 2013, a Human Liberty Project (HLP) was launched in 3 VDCs of Makwanpur distirct i.e. Handikhola, Sarikhet and Rakshirang to improve social, economical well being and protection of women and children from trafficking and its consequences.


In 2013, Computer Laboratory Initiatives was launched in partnership with Microsoft Give 2013 at Saraswati Higher Secondary School at Bhotechaur of Sindhupalchowk district.


Working towards sustainability is one of the core objectives of SCN. In order to achieve the objective, two community based NGOs – Women Empowered Society for Development (WESD) and A School for Community (ASC) movement were initiated and equipped through various capacity building programs. With the support of SCN both the NGOs were registered and took the responsibility of managing the organisation’s activities on their own. SCN is proud to see that they took ownership of the organisation and been managing it professionally with time to time encouragement.


It was a dream of Ramesh through SCN to develop and launch a program to develop the capacity of the local community development practitioners with features from CRHP Jhamkhed model, using the learning experience from its projects and promote the models that it had developed from the activities.  1n 2013, a community development and management (CDM) program was designed and launched with 25 community development practitioners from 18 districts across the country.


Moving toward the future


At this stage on the completion of 20 years of service with the different communities in the country SCN after reviewing its impacts, using the learning and assessing the emerging needs it has developed the following strategies to move ahead for the next five years (2014 – 2018) which are:

  1. Continue to implement projects through extension and expansion
  2. Partnership with local NGOs and CBOs
  3. Regularise training for transformation
  4. Institutional development and
  5. Promote the concept of “Open school for communities”


Partnering to make a difference


In our effort to empower the communities and bring transformation in their lives we invite you to extend your arms and partner with us.