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KARING FOR KIDS-NEPAL (KFK-Nepal) SAVE OUR CLINIC

Who Is KFK-Nepal? 

Karing for Kids (KFK Nepal) runs a Mother and Child Health Clinic (MCH-Clinic) in the rural mountain communities of Rasuwa, Nepal. KFK Nepal is a non-government charity organization working to save the lives of children in Nepal since 1997.

Please read all the way down for the latest news....

Why We Are Needed: KFK-Nepal’s MCH Clinic has been providing the medical services to approximately 7,000 people of remote Gatlang, Goljung, and Chilime villages of Rasuwa district since late 2000. Before this clinic was established, there was no medical service available in these communities. Because of the extreme level of poverty in these communities and remoteness from a nearby hospital, which is about a days walking distance, most people could not manage to get  medical care when they were sick. Seeking care from local healers who did not have access to modern medical techniques or treatments and  was the only option. Government outreach immunization services were so infrequent and irregular that many children were left without immunization against the major childhood illnesses. Prior to KFK’s Clinic it was difficult to find a mother who had not lost a child and impossible to find a household without a sick person.  It is estimated that the Child and Maternal Mortality rates of these communities have been almost two-to-three times higher than the national average. Nepal's average infant mortality rate, 78 deaths per 1000 live births, and average maternal mortality rate, 539 deaths per 100,000 live deliveries, are among the highest in the world.

Why We Need Your Help:  Beginning in late 1998, KFK-Nepal developed a plan to provide health care services to the above needy communities through the establishment of a regular clinic targeting mother and children. In the process of materializing its plan, KFK was able to obtain a community building for KFK free of cost to set up a clinic. With support from Americans, like Author Linda Wyile (Linda Wylie and Anatoli Boukreev “Above the Clouds”)  the initial capital of US $5000 to start the clinic was raised.  KFK also obtained official approval from the government Health Ministry to run a clinic. The Ministry also provides some minimal training and supplies to the clinic. 

KFK carried out the basic repair and renovation of the building which houses the clinic and its staff, as well as the community library. KFK also procured basic equipment/supplies, and recruited two staff  members; one is a senior registered nurse and the other is a local paramedic trained by KFK. In late 2000, KFK launched its clinical services and has been serving over 100 patients each month, an astonishing number for such remote and rural area. As of July 2002, KFK's clinic has provided medical treatment for over 2385 patients. Sixty-three per cent of those treated were suffering from gastro-intestinal, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, and skin infections. In mid-2001, KFK's supporters in Los Angeles and Santa Fe provided the additional funds needed to continue the clinic's operation. These funds will run out by November 2002 and the clinic will have to close unless help can be found. 

KFK operates on an extremely low budget. For about the cost of lunch in an American restaurant, $15.00/day, we staff the clinic and provide medical supplies and equipment as well as overhead costs, such as utilities. But even this small sum of money is difficult to obtain in a country as poor as Nepal. We desperately need your help to save lives and improve the health and well being of these poor, indigenous Buddhist-Tamang communities on the Nepal-Tibet border.

How You Can Help Save Our Clinic 

a)       Individual Sponsorship:  We welcome and encourage individuals to sponsor our basic clinic operation cost. To meet our yearly budget of US$ 7500, we need just 25 people to contribute the small sum of US$ 25/month. That is less than $1.00 a day to keep this clinic open!

b)       Volunteers supports: We welcome and encourage professionally trained medical personal, preferably nurse practitioners, midwife, and medical doctors to provide volunteer services in our clinic. Interested individual should be able to cover his or her own costs while we will provide free accommodations.

c)       Institutional/Corporate Supports: We request charity organizations and corporate agencies to help us sustain, develop, and expand our medical and other development activities such as sanitation, community health education, community library, child education sponsorship etc. We also accept donations of medical equipments and supplies such as medicine etc.

Please help us to save lives and improve health and well being of the deprived poor indigenous Tamang communities.

What is Urgently Needed?

Despite our achievements, KFK is faced with closing the clinic due to lack of funds and other necessary support. This situation has undermined our ability to continue our clinic's services and to improve our quality of care and expand our services. Our immediate need priorities are: 

a)       In order to continue the clinic services at least at present service level we need to raise only US$4500/year, to pay for three staff salaries for a year, medical supplies/equipment and clinic overhead costs such as utilities etc.

b)       In order to improve our service quality and to expand and increase our services, we need to hire a more qualified staff member, preferably a senior nurse or a nurse practitioner level, for our clinic team. It costs only US$ 3000/year to pay  the salary of one of such staff type member.

c)       Due to lack of refrigerator and basic lab facility, neither we have been able to keep vaccines nor perform basic lab tests. We need only US$800 (US$400/each) to purchase such equipment.

To make a donation send your check to: Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund PO Box 1170 Sandia Park New Mexico 87047 or make a donation using your credit card or your checking account on-line using Pay-pal here: 

Update: In our "Save Our Clinic" appeal posted in the www.everestnews.com, we solicited support of US$ 8300 (US$ 7500 for clinic operation budget and US$8000 for equipment procurement) for this year budget. Total amount we have received so far is US$ 5702. Hence, to meet our minimum funding need of this year's clinic operation, we are still short by US$ 2598. Should there be more contribution, we can use them in staff training in basic lab service development, install a clinic heating and develop water supply system, and community outreach clinics.

Regards, Gyanendra

Update: Doctors and Dentists wanted to volunteer. Give a little back !

Update 2/1/03: Dear EverestNews.com, I wish to extend our heartfelt thanks for all the efforts of www.EverestNews.com to save our health clinic in the rural Langtang area of Nepal. In the past 24 hours, nearly $500.00 has been received as a result of your coverage of our plight. These funds will go a long way in a country as poor as Nepal and help to save the lives, quite literally of many children.

Namaste, Scott MacLennan, Karing for Kids - Nepal

To some of you $500 US might not seem like much, but $500 in Nepal can save lives.... Please consider giving

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