Update from Nepal 4/10/2005:
again from Kathmandu. We are all set to begin our trek to the clinic on
Monday. We will be about 10 days trekking to arrive there. The roads out of
town are still closed by a strike but all is normal in Kathmandu itself. Two
of our duffel bags have not arrived so we may have to browse the Thamel shops
for a little extra gear today before departing. Scott
Update about 12 hours later
4/11/2005 in Nepal: I am unable to confirm or deny who was on that bus. The
official newspaper here only lists Nepali casualties by name and goes on to
state that 12 others were taken to the hospital, but does not specifically
mention anything about non-Nepali passengers.
We had very productive
meeting today with Dr. Aruna Uperty, a well known Nepali Doctor and
International Health Expert. She will join us for a few days at the clinic,
coming by four wheel drive after the roadblock is over.
Our trek will begin in an
area still inside the boundary of the current "road block" so we are not
worried about violating the road block. We hope to leave in one more day. We
have been delayed by the loss of two large bags containing a great deal of our
gear. The airlines will have them here tomorrow, or that is the hope. We have
a back up gear rental plan in the works in case tomorrow never comes.
Update from Nepal 4/8/2005:
EverestNews.com, Scott Here. Arrived Kathmandu yesterday. All well here, as
busy a place as ever and at least here there is no indication that anything is
any different than the norm. Ari and Laura, the clinic medical volunteers are
with me. Ari Stearn just finished medical school and Laura Tashjan is a nurse.
We will be here in Kathmandu a few more days and then trek to the clinic,
since at the moment the roads are closed due to a strike. I am going to try to
find Dan Mazur and see how he is and have a couple of meetings in Kathmandu.
Karing for Kids (KFK
Nepal), Scott MacLennan, President of the Anatoli
Boukreev Fund, and EverestNews.com have a dream. The
dream is to build a series of clinics across Nepal. The
service would be free to those in need.
Our Pledge to you: Not
one cent will be spent to send Americans or
anyone else over to Nepal. 100% of the monies raised
will go directly to Nepal. Volunteers from
around the world will be asked to go to Nepal to help,
however, these will not be free vacations paid for by your
donations. All volunteers will need to pay their own way
Sherpas and others in
need will NOT be charged for the clinic's
service. Donations will be accepted, but only from those
willing and able to pay.
For a few dollars per
year, each of us can HELP SAVE LIVES IN NEPAL. LET US
SAY THAT AGAIN, for a few dollars per year you can
save lives in 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
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
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:
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