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   Karing for Kids (KFK Nepal)  Update Oct 2005

The latest news from KFK: Engineers Without Borders, Boulder, Colorado Chapter has adopted the three Tamang villages served by Karing for Kids. A few months ago, Scott MacLennan the International Director of KFK and the founder of The Mountain Fund, met with the Boulder Chapter of EWB and presented the facts about conditions in these villages. Nearly half of the cases at the KFK clinic can be traced back to contaminated water, lack of sanitation and wood smoke indoors. EWB can help the villages solve most of these problems. On November 4th, Scott, with 3 EWB volunteers will leave for Nepal where the Engineers will conduct a baseline study of the villages to determine what the needs are and how best to address them. Then, over the next several years EWB will work with the villages and KFK to implement infrastructure changes to reduce the public health issues in these villages.

KFK has teamed with International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) to teach first aid to Nepali porters. IMEC has been working for better treatment of porters in Nepal since 1996. For KFK this presents an opportunity to increase the health knowledge in remote villages. Many of the men who are working as porters return to their homes in rural villages after the trekking and climbing seasons. Thanks to this first aid training they will be taking with them some rudimentary knowledge of healthcare that can benefit the villages they live in.

KFK to conduct a midwife training November 2005. KFK will hold a week long midwife clinic for traditional birth attendants in the rural Tamang villages it serves this November. Taught by practicing midwives this clinic will increase the knowledge of the villages traditional birth attendants and help save the lives of children and mothers during childbirth.

KFK to launch Healthcare for all Nepal outreach program. Last year KFK was asked by a nearby village (one day walk) to extend healthcare services to the village. KFK does not have the funding to open another clinic at this time but will begin an outreach teaching program in 2006. Using the book Where There Is No Doctor, which has been printed in Nepali, the KFK clinic staff will make the trip to the village of Thulo Syabru once a month and begin instruction to the traditional birth attendants and other village healers. KFK hopes that out of this training, a few people may have an interest in more formal training and that eventually we will be able to open a clinic in this village. Here is the letter of invitation we received from the village.

The picture attached is his wife and baby

Dear Sir Scoot Maclennan,

Hello, I am Nima writing from Nepal, Do you remember me? I live in (Syabru). I meet you in there when you was trekking from way back to Kathmandu. this time you are stayed in my lodge at Syabru. Hello, How are you and your family and all friend who spend a night in my house?? now you remember me. we are all very fine and doing very well. some days ago that we are arrived in Kathmandu because my wife was pregnant for 6 months but it was so sick of the fever, bommet, blowing and paining her baby stomach hardly. so we come to hospital in here. now from today she was in Hospital and checked all and waiting the report. Hello, in this time when you was in Syabru, we talk about that you will help for sending some nurse for checking sick people in there and latter on talking about you will open clinic in there. I had talk with Chaieman of Village and I explain all about you helping in Chileme area. so he was so glade to request for helping in there but he can not write and read, so therefore I write you about how is possibility from your project? but we can manage for what you needed. also I am the membership the School Committee, so we will decide according of the your massage. so for now this much with looking forward from you.
with best regards! NIma (SYABRU V.D.C)

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.

How You Can Help Save this Clinic and build more...

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.

To make a donation send your check to:

Karing for Kids 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: 

Doctors and Dentists, and others wanted to volunteer. Give a little back! E-MAIL US TODAY!

 




 

 

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