With the help of Sagarmatha Coffee Farms, we are now selling Nepali coffee in California, with a portion of profits providing earthquake relief for the people of Nepal, who are still rebuilding their lives and communities. To find out more, contact Carol Vernal by email at email@example.com or by phone at 415-302-2178
In 2012 a makeshift kitchen was created at Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center, even though the building was unfinishd. The kitchen came together to accommodate a volunteer surgical team from Operation Smile and the 60 patients that they were coming to serve. The makeshift kitchen somehow manifested nutritional healthy meals for visiting volunteers, staff and patients. Shortly after that Children’s Medical Aid became involved and committed to design a modern kitchen, with trained personnel providing healthy nutritious meals for patients and staff. The ability of the kitchen staff to respond to the earthquake crises was the greatest reward for us.
Since the original earthquake on April 25th, donations have been received from supporters around the world that have helped in numerous ways. Your donations helped to provide over 2,000 meals a week for earthquake victims for more than 5 weeks. Other substantial donations of money and equipment have helped the hospital provide medical care directly to those who have been hardest hit. We continue to provide free meals for hospitalized patients that are without funds. Your generosity has helped us through the worst of the crisis. Things are now starting to get back to normal. Good job everyone.
Congratulations to you and everyone, and thank you. We deeply appreciate all the support that has been given.
I wanted to update you again and thank everyone who has contributed to our response efforts to provide clean drinking water and nutrition for earthquake victims.
Since the original earthquake on April 25th, donations have been received from supporters around the world that have helped in numerous ways. $11,000 has helped to feed over 2,000 volunteers and earthquake victims a week for 5 weeks, and other substantial donations of money and equipment have helped the hospital provide medical care directly to those who have been hardest hit. Good job everyone. 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.
Kirtipur Hospital is one of the few hospitals that survived the earthquake with the ability to provide medical care. The majority of injuries have been related to wounds and broken bones, and some burn injuries. Over 200 surgeries were completed free of charge and 800 earthquake victims were treated without reimbursement.
Now it’s time to “help the hospital heal”. Supplies need to be replenished. Funds are needed to address the economic deficit and maintain services that are still very much needed.
Some Interesting facts:
Women have lost the most in the recent earthquakes – More than 55% of the deaths as of June 3 were women. Sadly, this is not surprising: Studies have shown that women are more likely to be killed in natural disasters than men. Taking leadership roles in the recovery may also help women improve their position in the country.
One month after the first of two major earthquakes hit Nepal, an estimated 70,000 children under five are at risk of malnutrition and require urgent humanitarian support – according to UNICEF: “Before the earthquake, more than 1 in 10 children across Nepal were already suffering from acute malnutrition, while close to 4 in 10 had stunted growth due to chronic under-nutrition.”
Rebuilding is also urgent: This disaster cost Nepal about 50% of its GDP and at least one out of every 3,000 citizens. Women’s leadership will help sustain the newly found can-do spirit. There is rise in a “can-do” spirit among Nepalese and much talk about shaking the status quo.
More mobile help desks are needed to assess needs and gather feedback from the local people. The information should be shared with government and aid agencies, and in theory these stakeholders should manage relief efforts with strong and efficient routes to reach affected households and individuals.
The relief effort in Nepal is far from over. Our partners on the ground are continuing to work tirelessly to provide support and services to Nepalese in need. With your continued kindness and generosity, we can ensure a strong and lasting recovery.
Thank you again. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so safely and securely through our website.
Thank you for allowing me to share this information with you. We remain enormously grateful to you and to everyone who has supported our efforts in Nepal.
An update from Carol Vernal
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.
After Nepal’s worst earthquakes in 80 years, relief efforts continue to aid more than 10,000 injured and many more thousands affected. Doctors in the area are still overwhelmed treating patients, and the people of Nepal need our help more than ever before.
Read Carol Vernal’s latest update on relief efforts here.
Read an update on the kitchen at Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center, still providing meals for patients, doctors, and families here.
Coffee drinkers in California, you can now buy Nepali Coffee. Learn more.
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 focusing its efforts on giving essential 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 treated more than 800 patients and performed more than 200 major surgical procedures at no cost to patients and without reimbursment of any kind With many more still in need of attention, the hospital is finding it more and more difficult to supply needed medical care and supplies.
In addition, the Children’s Medical Aid Foundation is helping the Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center Cafeteria feed more than 400 people per day, supplying basic nutrional needs to those left without food and water. This is one of the few hospitals in the area able to supply urgent medical and surgical care, and providing food and water is essential to help the hospital continue, and to help the people of Nepal focus on recovering and rebuilding after this disaster.
Special thanks must be given to Ansell and Australia Post. Ansell has donated more than 300kgs of surgical and examination gloves, and Australia Post donated logistical and transport services to get the gloves delivered directly to Dr. Rai in Kathmandu. Thanks must also go to all who have donated funds to help the hospital stay on its feet up to this point, and to help feed staff, patients, and families. The work is far from over, but your generosity has helped us to get this far. We are still in desperate need of donations, particularly in helping the hospital provide care and supplies to the many patients who still require treatment.
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.
Anesthesiologists 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 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.
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 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.
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.