April 27, 2015

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.

Our Surgical Outreach Team is safe following the devastating quake, and our Program is now focusing its efforts on giving medical aid. According to Dr. Rai, our director at the site, they are inundated with patients and have been working round the clock to provide trauma care to the injured. They have already seen hundreds of patients and anticipate many more in the days and weeks to come.

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, and thank you for caring about the people we reach in Nepal, and people in other countries around the world.

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.)



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.


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.