Thanks to generous donations of $11,000 and counting, Kirtipur Hospital has been able to feed more than 2000 earthquake victims, volunteers and hospital workers over the past 5 weeks. We continue to provide free meals for hospitalized patients without funds but your generosity has helped us through the worst of the crisis. Things are starting to get back to normal. Read the full update on the recovery process here
Nepal's quake killed more than 5,000 people and injured at least 10,000, and 70,000 houses have been destroyed. Thousands of people are without food and need help. Kirtipur hospital continues to provide care to earthquake victims, and the hospital cafeteria is feeding patients and volunteers. At $0.75 per meal it costs $300 each day to feed 400 people. Your donation will be used to feed medical staff, volunteers, patients and earthquake victims. We appreciate whatever you can give. Please visit globalgiving.org for more information and to donate.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Thousands of people are left homeless without basic needs. Although aid is starting to get through, some people in remote areas closest to the epicenter of the quake are stranded without shelter, food or water. Doctors and volunteer medical staff are working long and hard hours and must have healthy food and water to keep their energy up. Patients come in weak, tired and hungry. Good nutrition is essential for healing wounds.
How will this project solve this problem?
Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center is one of the few hospitals that survived the earthquake with the ability to provide medical and surgical care. Now 7 days after the earthquake the hospital was packed to the hilt with critical patients. Most patients, medical staff, volunteers, and earthquake victims are without food and water. The hospital Cafeteria will provide meals and clean water for 400 people a day and possibly more.
Potential Long Term Impact
About 30 - 50,000 residents from Kirtipur and surrounding areas will benefit from free healthy meals and potable water. With proper nutrition, immune systems are enhanced to help community fight off diseases and better deal with survival issues on a day-to-day basis. Chances for re-building homes and community can only happen when basic human needs are met. The sense of trust and security between community and hospital are being strengthened to aid an overall sense of safety and well being.
You can donate to help the Kirtipur Hospital cafeteria provide basic nutrional needs during the recovery period at globalgiving.org. As little as $15 will provide food and drinking water for 20 people, and will help these communities focus on rebuilding and recovering.
Welcome to Our Newest Board Members!
Sanjeeb Shrestha Carol Vernal, CEO Eric ChangEric 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 Sheila 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.