February 27, 2020

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Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center – Update

Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center (KCBC), where our sponsored children receive care, is in a suburb of Kathmandu. It survived the earthquake unlike many other hospitals. KCBC does not turn anyone away due to cast, religion or inability to pay. Today all hospital beds are filled, ICU is full, 3 ventilators are in use and patients are waiting for surgery. This is indeed a strain on management of hospital supplies hospital and a challange for staff and doctors. I am very happy to report that the hospital cafeteria has been able to keep up with the demand to provide nutritious meals for staff and patients. Thank you for your donations that have provided corrective surgery for Nepali children. You have been instrumental in supporting the work of Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center. Please visit our Support Page for more information on how you can continue to help (or begin helping). And thank you, once again.

News from Nepal: Indian Border Blockade

Deepak Yadav, an Indian transport worker waiting among the trucks parked near the India/Nepal border.

Deepak Yadav, an Indian transport worker waiting among the trucks parked near the India/Nepal border.

October 29, 2015 It has been six months since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal. While there is much still to be done, I have confidence and admiration for the Nepalese working to rebuild their own communities. There are extraordinary individuals that have been working tirelessly for months - often without pay or sleep - to help others who were affected by Nepal’s recent earthquakes. The road to recovery has been difficult, but your donations have made it easier for people to move on with their lives. Thank you. As Nepal tries to rebuild, a new crisis has emerged in the last few weeks. India has imposed an unofficial blockade with India’s Border Security Force ordered to search every single truck making its way to Nepal. The border crossings are the lifeblood of the landlocked country, and Nepal depends on India for all of its petroleum products. Whether you're going to buy medicine, or an iron roof sheet to repair your house or some noodles, it's pretty scarce across the board."
Restaurant sign in front of small restaurant.

Restaurant sign in front of small restaurant.

This has resulted in hundreds of vehicles pulling up to the border, waiting for tedious and inefficient searches. More damning than the flow of consumer goods and foodstuffs is India’s refusal to release Nepal Tankers, resulting in an extremely serious fuel shortage. The Nepali government has restricted the use of fuel for private vehicles, citing the need to save fuel for emergency vehicles. This comes at a particularly critical time as charitable organizations are trying to get supplies where they are needed before remote communities are cut off by snowfall and people begin to experience the difficulties of winter. Please keep Nepal and its people in your prayers. With determination in his eyes, he assures me that things will get better. "We will get back up - Nepali people are strong and resilient."

Your coffee purchase can help the people of Nepal

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 childmedaid@gmail.com or by phone at 415-302-2178

The Kitchen at Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center

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.

An update from Carol Vernal

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. In Gratitude Carol Vernal

Kirtipur Hospital Cafeteria feeding 2800 people each week

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.

Funding Information

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.

Nepal thanks you, but we still need help

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. 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.