April 27, 2015

News Items

Nepal Earthquake – Please Help

After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Nepal’s worst in 80 years, and a severe aftershock measuring 6.6 one day later, relief efforts are intensifying. Doctors in the area are overwhelmed, search and rescue efforts are swamped and the people of Nepal need our help more than ever before.

There are no words that can put into context the devastation as the people of Nepal attempt to recover from a tragedy that most of us cannot even begin to comprehend. All we can do at this point is try to provide survivors with aid, and hope that our best efforts can provide some comfort for our friends in the region.

As the death toll rises and with the number of injured exceeding 5000, several countries have initiated humanitarian efforts, and the Children’s Medical Aid Foundation is dedicated to provide assistance in any way possible, foremost being essential medical aid to those injured who need it most.

If you, your family, or your friends are able to donate and help save lives, please visit our Support page and know that your donations will help us provide essential relief and medical aid. Please help us provide some hope in a time when hope is difficult to find.

How to donate.

Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary Club medical equipment donation

Nerve Stimulator PresentationAnesthesiologists are very scarce and often unavailable in the field. Children requiring corrective surgery of a hand or foot would require a nerve block to anesthetize the extremity. If an anesthesiologist is not available to administer a nerve block, the child’s surgery must be rescheduled. This causes a hardship on the family and quite often the child is not able to return.

Rotary participation is blossoming with Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary club donating a $2,500 Stimuplex nerve block system that allows doctors in the field to do nerve blocks of extremities prior to surgery when an anesthesiologist is not present. With the Stimuplex tool doctors can now administer a nerve block and eliminate the need to refer a child to Kathmandu or postpone surgery. CMAF looks forward to a continued friendship with Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary helping to improve the lives of children in Nepal.

(Pictured: On behalf of Glen Ellen/Kenwood Rotary Club, Carol Vernal is presenting the Nerve Stimulator to Dr Shankar Rai, Chief Plastic Surgeon and Director of Kirtrpur Burn Center.)


Medical supplies donated

In July, Mary Jane Stolte delivered 864 toothbrushes that were donated by Dr. Brattesani, a local Sonoma County dentist. Thank you for your generous donation, Dr. Brattesani and thank you Jane for your part in making the donation possible. You have made a difference in the lives of children by following through with an inspirational idea. In some rural areas of Nepal many children have never seen a toothbrush. A soft stick that becomes fibrous after use is utilized for cleaning teeth. Imagine that! We delivered the toothbrushes to a rural school in Nepal after learning of the childrens’ need from a faith-based NGO working in Nepal.




A portable tourniquet system was purchased by CMAF  for $1,300 and donated to Kathmandu Model Hospital. This portable unit is used when working on extremities. It is a factor in reducing surgical time and making the surgeon’s work easier. Thank you to Delfi Medical, the manufacturer, for discounting the retail price by 50%.

Thank you to Med Share for donating sutures and surgical instruments to CMAF. These medical supplies were delivered recently by CMAF CEO Carol Vernal to Dr. Pawan, Namita (a surgical nurse) and CMAF co-director Dr. Shankar Rai. These donated items are essential in providing corrective surgery at no charge to families whose children have disfiguring birth defects.

Celebrate the Nepali New Year!

Lohsar1Experience a Nepali New Year celebration!

The public is invited to a Lohsar (Nepali New Year) Party at Veteran’s Hall in Sonoma, Sunday, Feb. 24 starting 6:30 pm. Just $35 at the door for dinner, drinks, and entertainment! For more info call 707-938-1807.




Holiday Shopping Online Can Benefit CMAF

This holiday season, you can help raise money for CMAF just by surfing the web or purchasing products online at no extra cost to you! CMAF is registered with the following online philanthropic search/shopping sites. Just type in your search information and select Children’s Medical Aid Foundation as your favorite charity. Donations paid by participating online merchants are usually 1-5% of the purchase price. Please share your favorite search site with your friends, family, and others who might be interested. Every dollar raised can make a difference in the lives of children in Nepal!



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Lucky Boy

CarolandBishnuBishnu, a14 Year old Nepali boy severed ligaments, bone and tissue of left hand while cutting wood with a sickle. It was a very complicated 3 hour surgery performed by Dr. Kiran, the only hand surgeon in Nepal and the director of the corrective surgery outreach team. With healing and a lot of therapy he will have use of his hand again. He made me think of my grandson Colin being that they are the same age but with very different lives. Both are very lucky boys.

– Carol Vernal, CMAF Founder and CEO

Help raise funds for our work in Nepal

You can raise money for CMAF just by surfing the web or purchasing products online at no extra cost to you! CMAF is registered with the following online search/purchase services. Just type in your search information and select Children’s Medical Aid Foundation as your charity.

Set up any of these sites as your home page and make it easy to raise funds for CMAF. Every dollar raised can make a difference in the lives of children in Nepal!

Festival in the News

CMAF’s Kathmandu Festival received great media coverage from the Sonoma Index-Tribune, with photo features before, during and after the Festival weekend. Check it out – and thank you, Sonoma Index-Tribune!









Kathmandu Festival supports children’s health














Kathmandu Festival to benefit children’s health











Kathmandu state of mind


Kind words from our friends at Shambhala








Click here to see CMAF article in Shambhala’s May 2012 newsletter.




Santa Barbara Group supporting Chisang Clinic

We are so fortunate! World Dance Santa Barbara raised $3,000 to pay for a patient exam room at Chisang Clinic in Bhawanee, Nepal, to be called the World Dance Patient Exam Room. They also helped raise another $650 at a benefit dinner at Fresco in Santa Barbara on March 2, 2012.




Carol Vernal, founder and CEO of Children’s Medical Aid Foundation (CMAF), visited World Dance Santa Barbara on the weekend of March 1, where she danced with World Dancers in classes all weekend and joined a benefit dinner at Fresco in Santa Barbara. Carol spoke to members of World Dance about the people of Nepal and the suffering of the women there.


World Dance presented a check to Carol for $3,000 – raised from the World Dancers’ class fees. In addition, Carol left the Fresco event in Santa Barbara with a check for $650 from owner Jill Broulliard, who donated 10% of her profits from the March 2 benefit dinner to CMAF. The donated funds will sponsor development of a patient exam room at the Chisang Clinic in Bhawanee, to be called the World Dance Patient Exam Room.



“What a weekend – dancing, food and fun” said World Dancer Kari Isaeff. “I was thrilled to have Carol in town to talk to us about the needs of the Nepalese people, and Chisang Clinic.  I feel privileged to be part of a group who care about making a difference in the world.”

“I was so impressed by Carol’s dedication to this remote (at least to us) spot on the map and all that she’s been able to do so far,” said World Dancer Lyndy Belchere. “There’s a lot of love there. Hopefully, with our help, medical aid will continue to improve for these women. It feels so good to be a part of improving their lives. Thank you Carol for so enthusiastically sharing your story with us!  The world needs more, millions more, of you.”

“What an honor to meet such a loving compassionate group of women who truly care about making a difference in the world,” said Vernal. “It was a pleasure to meet and get to know them all. I especially honor Janet’s hard work and dedication in creating World Dance Santa Barbara, and am grateful for their donation to Children’s Medical Aid Foundation.”