PHASE • Nepal


“Leave no one behind,” is one of PHASE Nepal’s guiding principles. True to this statement, PHASE Nepal works in some of the most remote and isolated Himalayan mountain villages in Nepal, providing lifesaving, highly integrated services and resources to men, women and children each and every day. These villages can take up to seven days walking from the nearest road to reach, and are often neglected by other health and development organizations for being too difficult or expensive to support.

“PHASE believes that poor health, low educational levels and poverty are all aspects of the same problem, and create a cycle that prevents people from taking control of their own futures. We aim to support the most vulnerable populations to break the cycle of poverty by assisting communities and local authorities to lay the groundwork for a self-sufficient future.” – PHASE

PHASE (Practical Help Achieving Self Empowerment) was established in 2006 and has since initiated incredible change in the areas of community health, education, access to basic needs, and disaster risk reduction.


PHASE’s integrated Community Development Program (Health, Education, Livelihoods) aims to break harmful cycles of poor health, low education and poverty, while empowering individuals and communities.

  • Health: PHASE provides the highest possible quality of primary care in remote areas that would otherwise have little to no access to functioning services. PHASE supports existing governmental health centers by improving buildings, securing essential equipment and medicines, and most importantly, providing and supporting skilled staff on location. In addition to their rural activities, PHASE also runs urban clinics, providing health, hygiene and preventive screening at high-risk work sites. Between 2006 and 2018, PHASE-supported health centres treated over 550,000 patients. On average, PHASE health workers save at least one child’s life every month.
  • Education: This program is multifaceted and addresses many aspects of education, including: getting and keeping children in school, providing necessary school materials, conducting follow-up visits at school and at home, training rural teachers, improving classrooms, equipping girls with leadership skills, providing adult literacy classes, and facilitating school and community health education!
  • Livelihoods: The primary goal of PHASE’s livelihood program is to ensure food security and proper nutrition for rural families through improved vegetable farming, agricultural training and support, and livestock cultivation. The program also provides vocational skills training, such as carpentry and tailoring.
  • Earthquake Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction / Disaster Risk Reduction: After the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in 2015, PHASE reached over 15,000 families with immediate relief materials including shelter and safe drinking water systems. They also contributed to widespread rebuilding efforts and community mobilization. Now, PHASE actively conducts awareness and preparedness activities to mitigate disaster risks for humans and community assets.


GoPhil partnership with PHASE Nepal began in 2017. Since then, the GoPhil community has supported PHASE to grow its reach and impact by providing:

  • Salary support for health supervisors, responsible for overseeing and training frontline health staff in 3 of PHASE’s highly remote centers;
  • Salary support for an auxiliary nurse midwife. These women are the first point of call for any health-related emergencies for a village of up to 4,000 people. They work tirelessly to provide primary level care, deliver babies and run vaccination and other preventative health campaigns.


In contrast with most other NGOs working in highly rural areas, PHASE medical and program staff actually live in the remote communities where they work. Living and working alongside community members and leaders allows them to develop strong, trusted connections and a deep understanding of local needs. PHASE’s approach is needs driven, based on demands and requests made by community members. This participatory, grassroots approach actively engages all willing community members in every step of the program’s development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and even reporting and communications.

PHASE aims for long-term sustainability and has developed a highly successful “exit strategy” which prevents communities from becoming overly dependent and the local governments from becoming complacent. For example, once a health post is established and well-functioning, providing consistent, high-quality treatment, medication and support, PHASE begins the process of handing over the post to the local government. This only works because the community members have been educated by PHASE on their rights; this empowers them to join together, advocate for and demand the quality care they deserve. This approach permits PHASE to move on and assist new villages, spreading their impact to the far corners of Nepal.



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