Through the years
Work first began in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal in 2002. To support the rapidly growing efforts, ECTA was formed in 2009. Today, rural communities continue to be transformed thanks to the dedication of local partners. ECTA values the autonomy and culture of these communities. We strive to partner with and learn from leaders within the communities we serve when we plan for any new projects. Keep reading to see what we collaborate on!
Community Health Volunteers
ECTA works with our community partner, Him Serve, to train health workers from all around the Darjeeling District. These women are trained in primary health care such as treating fevers and diarrhea, first aid, caring for pregnant mothers, how to navigate the health system. All health workers receive continued education to improve skills and learn up-to-date protocols. there are currently over 270 health workers.
For many communities in the Himalayas, a trip to the hospital can take hours on rough roads often closed due to landslides or political unrest. Families must spend a month's wages to hire a private vehicle that is ill-equipped to care for medical emergencies. ECTA maintains 5 ambulances, equipped to care for medical emergencies and take on the rough terrain. Registered ambulances are given permission to travel during political strikes.
Community Health Centers
For many folks in this area, health care can be hours away. Sick or injured individuals have to walk or be carried, and travel hours to obtain needed medicines or care. ECTA stocks and staffs 3 community health centers in the most remote areas to ensure timely, convenient community-based care.
Village schools throughout the Himalayas often have many challenges including sufficient staffing, quality resources, and appropriate facilities. Because of this, many students find it very difficult to learn and often find getting into college impossible. One of our first projects in this region was to join along with the community to provide a safe and adequate facility with dedicated staff and great curriculum. Red Star Academy opened in 2005 after the community banded together and built a school together with only $300 and determination. Red Star (named after a local orchid) has an ongoing dedicated staff that cultivates a learning environment. Many of the children go on to secondary school and perform at the top of their class. Staff obtains continued training to sharpen their teaching skills. ECTA supports training and partial salaries for these teachers as they strive to become a self-sustaining institution.
Himalayan Health Resources Library
Providing resources for additional learning and reference for health workers in the field. With limited access to search the internet for quality materials, ECTA has curated these collections for those that need quick access to reliable information when caring for there community. All links will take you directly to all of these amazing organizations to view their publications. Care was taken to find Nepali language materials when available.
Medical School Students
Throughout the Himalayas, the government has built Primary Health Care Centers in remote communities to decentralized health care and provide access to care in isolated regions. There are two major barriers to this care: lack of doctors to staff facilities and substandard care provided to villagers as they are dehumanized. ECTA has established the Dr Paul Brand Medical Scholarship to provide funds for local students to obtain medical education. In accepting this scholarship, recipients agree to return and provide care in remote postings. ECTA currently supports 2 young women as they complete their medical school training.