Dear EverestNews! Namaste and
hello once again from Nepal!
This will be my final email
from Nepal as I am leaving in a few days to go back home....
Just got back from trekking
through the Annapurna Range in central Nepal. WOW! What a beautiful and
amazing place. The mountains were spectacular and really close. This is
supposed to be one of the most popular and busy treks in Nepal....but there
are hardly any tourists here now. It seems like all the news going out of the
country is bad news. Here, there are no problems. I have yet to meet any of
the feared Maoists. I have met a few trekkers who ran into them, but they were
just asked for a little bit of money. I have not heard any stories of anybody
being harassed by them. From what I've seen, this is a very safe place...well,
at least as safe as anywhere else in the world...and probably less dangerous
then crossing the street in the U.S.
On the 3rd day of the trek,
we stayed in a village called Ghorepani, that had an amazing view of Annapurna
South, Nilgiri, and Machapuchre (fishtail), from my bedroom! We got up at
430am the next morning and hiked, straight up, about 750 meters, to a place
called Pun Hill, that must have one of the best views in the entire world. The
sky was crystal clear and the beauty of the mountains came into view as the
sun rose over the top of Fish Tail, a beautiful and very dramatic peak...and
also one of the holy and sacred mountains in Nepal...it is not allowed to be
climbed. We spent about 2 hours up on top, just watching the sun rise and
light up the mountains and the valleys below.
The next 2 days were spent
mostly walking through the forest, with cloudy and rainy weather. But on the
final day of the trek, it was once again a beautiful day....except for the now
common afternoon monsoon (rain) storms...that usually involve a little, or as
in the case in Ghorepani, a lot, of hail. In fact the day after I left Pokhara
to go on the trek, I heard a 16 year old boy was killed by a hail stone that
weighed in at 400 grams.
Pokhara has been a nice
change from the craziness of Kathmandu. I decided to spend a few days here
instead of back in the dusty and dirty Kathmandu. My beautiful hotel overlooks
the big lake here, Phewa Tal. Yesterday, 2 friends and I rented a little boat
and crossed the lake to walk up to a big Stupa up on the hill. It was a great
view from the top, you could see all of Pokhara, with the Annapurna range in
the background. On the way down, I had a little meeting with some of the
wildlife of Nepal. A snake, about 7 feet long rose up about 2 feet in front of
me. Fortunately, he seemed a little more scared of me, then the other way
around...and slithered away.
So tomorrow I return to
Kathmandu and 2 days later I will make the horrendously long trip home.
This entire trip has truly
been wonderful and I hope many of you can experience what I have in the near
Take care, be well, and
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.
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.
KFK operates on an
extremely low budget. For about the cost of lunch in
an American restaurant, $15.00/day, we staff the
clinic and provide medical supplies and equipment as
well as overhead costs, such as utilities. But even
this small sum of money is difficult to obtain in a
country as poor as Nepal. We desperately need your
help to save lives and improve the health and well
being of these poor, indigenous Buddhist-Tamang
communities on the Nepal-Tibet border.
How You Can Help Save
this Clinic and build more...
Sponsorship: We welcome and encourage individuals to
sponsor our basic clinic operation cost. To meet our
yearly budget of US$ 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!
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.
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.
make a donation send your check to:
Karing for Kids
PO Box 1170 Sandia Park New
a donation using
credit card or your checking account on-line
using Pay-pal here:
Dentists, and others wanted to volunteer. Give a little back!
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