It is such a pleasure and a real privilege to support CMAF’s work. I fell into mentoring a couple of Nepalese families in Sonoma County because I am an ESL teacher and then fell in love with the joyfulness of their culture, their true affection for and enjoyment of each other, the never-ending food and celebrations of life and their deep love for their children. I ran into many of the Nepalese families at the Kathmandu Festival every year and it was only natural that I would stop at the CMAF booth, pick up literature and see how I could help these beautiful and very loved children. Plus knowing how far an American dollar can be stretched in Nepal makes me feel that my little donations can help a lot. You and your network inspire me. I am so grateful to you and other all around the world helping the poor and sick. It’s comforting and makes me feel less helpless to know you’re out there doing your amazing work.
Rannell Dahl Occupational Therapist Sonoma Valley Hospital
You are one of the unsung heroes that truly inspires all of us. I am glad to have connected with you.Mr. Ramesh Tamrakar Project Director SOS Children’s Village Kathmandu, Nepal
We highly appreciate the work carried out by Children’s Medical Aid Foundation in Nepal. It has helped to save the lives of children in the rural areas. The Foundation joins hands with other organisations working in the medical field. We need the help of Children’s Medical Aid Foundation to reach many poor children in the rural areas, mainly in the hilly regions. We wish all the best for the Foundation’s future undertakings and assure our best support in the days ahead.
Shankar Rai, MD Nepal Director CMAF Corrective Surgery Program Kathmandu, Nepal
I met Carol Vernal through a mutual friend in Kathmandu, while she was visiting Nepal and helping many children on her own personal level. She has a medical background, and spent a couple of months with our medical outreach team to help children in remote areas of Nepal receive corrective surgeries for congenital and traumatic deformities (not including cleft lip and palate conditions, which are addressed by other medical programs). Carol was very much liked by all of our team members, which includes nurses, doctors, therapists and coordinators. Since then, she has been coming to Nepal every year to work with us and develop vital partnerships with Nepalese government agencies, NGOs and community groups. She has a thorough understanding of Nepalese cultures, religions, and social/political conditions that can impact our work.
Inspired by the opportunity to continue changing children’s lives, Carol went back to the U.S. and started the Children’s Medical Aid Foundation (CMAF). CMAF helps raise funds for our Corrective Surgery Program, enabling us to reach about 100 children annually who have birth defects. More than 600 children have already received life-changing surgeries through the support of CMAF. Most of these children could not have received these services otherwise.
Larry Barnett Former Mayor of Sonoma, CA
For years, Children’s Medical Aid Foundation (CMAF) has successfully delivered health care services to women and children in Nepal who would otherwise remain untreated and suffering from pain or disfigurement. It has done this despite the challenges posed by remote locations, poor transportation and infrastructure, limited financial resources, and social disruption within Nepal.
The success of CMAF, despite the hardships and difficulties, speaks to the dedication of Carol Vernal and those with whom she works, and the trust and receptivity of the Nepalese people and health care providers in Nepal.
That there is great need for the kind of services that CMAF provides is without doubt; insuring that the financial and logistical support that is needed to provide services is more tenuous. An NGO such as CMAF provides care that governments cannot or will not provide. The future of CMAF is entirely dependent upon the funding, contributions and generosity of those who recognize the merit and value of easing the suffering of others unable to otherwise afford such care.
Ken Brown Council Member, City of Sonoma, CA
It has been a wonderful experience to be able to assist the Children’s Medical Aid Foundation over the course of many years. Through the leadership of Carol Vernal, this foundation has steadily been a healing presence on behalf of the women and children of Nepal. I have worked directly with CMAF to build awareness of CMAF’s mission, both here in Sonoma Valley, California and to the citizens of Nepal. The world is a difficult place at best, but it is only through the efforts of those like the Children’s Medical Foundation that we can create positive change.