The Share and Care Nepal (SCN) profile and history has been developed at the crucial junction with the objectives to: document the achievements made by the organisation in the past 25 years (a quarter of a century service to humanity) share the historic events and moments; looking back and drawing out the learning; reflecting and celebrating the success together; and serve as a learning and reference documents for future SCN members and associates.
The document has been prepared at the time when SCN is organizing its 22nd Annual General Assembly (AGM) for the members to go through it and reflect the years that have gone by, the achievements made, the lesions learned and provide the direction for the future as SCN begins to implement its new strategic plan The Year of Hopes and Opportunities 2019 – 2023. The profile and history has been prepared through a rigorous process of reviewing the documents, team discussion, self-reflection and recalling the past events.
The document tries to bring out the major historic moments and stages that SCN has gone through, significant achievement, high and low times, approaches and models introduced, and the areas of activities in terms of geography and themes. The documentation is made in line with SCN five year strategic planning cycle but does not limit to the timing as the projects time overlaps the strategic years. The SCN team hopes that the document would be a helpful to the readers to learn and understand SCN more in relating to its service that it has rendered to humanity in its 25 years of service.
The Beginning of the Movement (1994-1998)
The Scripture verse “Love your neighbour, as you love yourself” and health slogan “Prevention is better than cure” inspired Ramesh Khadka, a young visionary, to start a movement, Ramesh in the early 1993, started carrying medicine and other equipment in a backpack, and went visiting communities in Godavari of Lalitpur, Balkot of Bhaktapur, Ranipauwa of Nuwakot, Sabru Besi of Rasua, Pharping and Nanglebhare of Kathmandu districts on foot to provide basic oral health care services. 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. The passion to take the movement forward.
Share and Care was established in 1993 with the commitment to reach out to all in need. Share and Care name was chosen with the understanding to share what we have and care how we can.
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. These experiences gave impetus to the idea of forming an NGO that was to reach out to the remote areas to provide health care services. On 15th January 1994, an NGO was registered under the name Share and Care in Medico, Nepal (SCM/N) as the first Christian non-profit organization to respond to the health care needs of vulnerable people and communities in rural areas. In the same year, SCN took over the Pharping Clinic which was a UMN managed project and continued to provide the charity-based medical services to the surrounding poor communities.
In 1995 learning from the experiences of Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), Jamkhed, India, the entire program was reviewed and revamped. The organization’s working approach shifted from ‘charity and welfare’ to ‘community based development’. From then on, SCN has been involved in reaching out to the poor and vulnerable, empowering and transforming communities.
A plate of beaten rice
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