The United Nations has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Yearley Trust is very proud that it is working on 11 of them in rural Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world. All our educational programmes will actively promote sustainable development. You can read about Our Causes HERE
We are working with rural communities to improve their economy through increasing agricultural production to produce a surplus to sell and in investigating and encouraging rural small businesses with local employment opportunities
Our work on improving agricultural production in rural communities will help to ensure that everyone in those communities we work with will have enough to eat,
3.Good Health and Well-being
Our planned medical camps will bring medical health camps staffed by 10 doctors or medical technicians to around 50,000 people a year in rural areas where at present they have no direct medical support. Besides all the minor illnesses we will treat we expect to treat around 2,000 people a year for potentially life-threatening illnesses and give dental treatment to around 3,000 people and, subject to us receiving extra funding, to carry out around 1,000 cataract operations a year to reduce blindness.
Alongside this a programme of education about nutrition will be aimed at reducing the 50% of children under 5 in rural areas with stunted growth (the main cause of death for this age group). The Trust’s planned programme of teaching communities on how to make Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEBs) will help communities to repair and improve their housing (95% of all buildings in Nepal were damaged or destroyed in the massive earthquake in 2015.
The Yearley Trust believes that good education is essential to achieve the majority of UN SDGs. In conjunction with the American educational charity Ical, we are working to improve the standard of education in rural schools.
We strongly believe in gender equality, especially important in the very patriarchal rural Nepal and education on this is part of every program we run. In addition, the Trust employs women wherever possible and ensures that their terms and conditions ensure that their female employees are at least as well treated (or better) as men. We also hope to expand our connection with Volleyball4life which uses the national sport of Nepal to promote equality for girls and women.
6.Clean Water and Sanitation
Again, education will play an essential part of the Trust’s plans to improve sanitation and reduce disease from drinking contaminated water. It’s planned program of educating communities on the production of CSEBs will assist on provision of water storage and also mean an economical way of building simple toilet facilities
7.Decent Work and Economic Growth
Part of the Trust’s work in rural communities will be designed to provide good and equal opportunities employment that will in turn lead to improved economic growth in those communities.
The Trust’s program of sexual equality will reduce sexual inequality and by improving the income of subsistence farmers and encouraging small rural industries will also reduce economic inequality.
The Trust will work to make rural communities sustainable and improved food production to eliminate the need to import foodstuffs into the community will help towards this target as will improvements in local employment opportunities. Encouragement of use of solar and wind power will reduce the need to import energy
10.Responsible Consumption and Production
Responsible consumption and production is important to the Trust’s work. Subject to funding, programmes will take place use of renewable energy (solar and wind) and the work with CSEBs will reduce carbon emissions as the blocks do not need to be fired and also as they can be made on site reduce emissions from transport.
11.Partnerships for the Goals.
At the moment the Trust is working with one American educational charity to help achieve its goals and hope the expand its contacts with Volleyball4life but is keen to work with other charities and NGO’s to achieve its aims.