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.