January 17, 2017


An update on fundraising efforts for school libraries, the Hospital Cafeteria and our Surgery Program

Schools and School Libraries Fundraising Program

Through a one-to-one matching program, the Children’s Medical Aid Foundation has raised $6000 for five village school libraries, and another $3500 for village schools. These funds will help to provide books and a proper environment for children to learn and read in, giving them a better start in their education and their lives.

Participants have been energized and motivated by the success of this fundraising effort are seeking further contributions to help fund ongoing projects in Nepali schools as the country continues to rebuild after last year’s devastating earthquakes.

If you are able to help, please visit our Support page to find out more about us and to donate.

Kirtipur Cleft and Burn Center Kitchen and Cafeteria

Three years ago the hospital cafeteria was established with a view to becoming a sustainable enterprise, and today takings from the cafeteria pay the salary of 8 housekeeping employees, provides meals for indigent patients, and helps to cover some of the unfunded emergency needs of the hospital.

With a solid foundation established, the hospital cafeteria committee has been charged with working to improve this position, with the help of bookkeeping and accounting staff who are establishing best practice and advising on methods to build on this remarkable achievement. In particular, the hospital is working to improve work spaces, equipment cleanliness and functionality, and working conditions for staff members. These might seem like basic needs but it is important to remember than in under-funded, remote, and earthquake-affected areas, even basic needs can be difficult to achieve and maintain.

You can see a brief pictorial history of the Kirtipur Cleft and Burn Center Cafeteria and Kitchen here.

Surgery Program Appeal

2% of all children born in Nepal suffer from some type of congenital birth defect.

In the USA when our babies are born the first thing we do is to check and make sure that all 10 toes and fingers are present and perfect.  In Nepal sometimes baby toes and fingers are not always so perfect.  Sometimes there are more then 10 digits or too few, webbed toes or other variations of deformity can also be present.  It is not known why this happens but among the possibilities are heredity or nutritional factors, or lack of pre natal care. Drugs taken during pregnancy may also be a factor.

The Children’s Medical Aid Foundation Surgery Program is working to help families who might never otherwise have the chance to correct defects such as Polydactyly (when a baby is born with more then 10 fingers or toes) and Syndactyly (a condition where two fingers are joined together). Children born with these conditions face unusual hardships like the inability to find shoes that fit and protect their feet from the cold, and age old superstitions that lead to rejection by their peers and community.

Read more about two such children, and find out how you can help provide corrective surgery for them by visiting our Corrective Surgery Program page.


Welcome to Our Newest Board Members!


Sanjeeb Shrestha       Carol Vernal, CEO          Eric Chang


Eric Chang

Eric is an accomplished IT consultant with past experience as a high school math teacher for disabled children. He is also a veteran of the US Air Force (served for 14 years). As a Board volunteer, Eric brings his love of children and Nepal to CMAF.  Eric and Sanjeeb Shrestha have been friends since their school days in New York and are now united in their efforts to support the work of CMAF.


Sanjeeb Shrestha

Last year, Sanjeeb Shrestha, a Nepali businessman, was introduced to Dr. Shankar Rai, the Nepal Director of CMAF Corrective Surgery Program.  After meeting Dr. Rai and learning about his work, Sanjeeb was deeply impressed and pledged his help and on-going support of our program.  He has volunteered to represent CMAF and act on our behalf in Nepal whenever needed. Thank you Sanjeeb – we are so very happy to have you aboard and part of our team!


Sheila Reilly

SheilaRSheila brings a rich background in youth, health, and immigration-related issues to CMAF. She has an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and has been teaching ESL since 1979, including 10 years at a City College of San Francisco satellite school in the Tenderloin (Alemany Community College), and more than 13 years at College of Marin. She has worked with Southeast Asian refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, including helping with refugee resettlement through the YMCA in the Tenderloin. She trained as a benefits counselor and case manager for people living with life-challenging diseases in 2001 and worked at two AIDS nonprofits in Marin County, including the Marin AIDS Project where she was hired to start the Hepatitis C case management program for the County.  Most recently, she has worked at Sonoma Developmental Center for six years as a Program Coordinator and Monitor for developmentally disabled clients.