EverestNews.com, The Karing for Kids - Engineers Without Borders team is
checking in. Last week we drove from Kathmandu to the KFK clinic at Goljung.
It is only 140 km but the road is rough and it takes ten hours to drive it. We
spent the week gathering water samples, checking on the drainage around the
village walkways and checking on the latrine situation. In each of the three
villages we have found e-coli in in the water supplies and counted on average
three private latrines per village. The villages average 2500 people each.
Water samples have been gathered for more in depth testing and will be taking
to the lab, we'll let you know the results. We had several meetings with
village leaders to discuss the concerns they have about public health. The
meetings were very productive. We can see evidence that several NGO's have
tried to address some of the issues in the past, but met with failure. We
think the problem is that villagers haven't really been a part of the process.
For example, someone came and installed community latrines in Gatlang, but
located them too far from the center of the village to really be used and
didn't coordinate any maintenance of the facility with the locals. Those
latrines are gone now. Likewise, water taps were installed in the past, but no
one taught the locals how to maintain them, so they run all the time and will
not shut off. We'll be working on these issues and will teach locals how to
maintain these things.
Three of us walked from
Goljung to Syabru Thulo to visit with the members of the village leadership
and the local Lama about healthcare in that village. It is an all day walk
from Goljung. Thulo is a lovely place, high on a hill and on the Langtang
Trek. There is no government health outpost as it is considered a part of
Syabru Bensi, which is three hours down hill on a steep path. The health
worker there almost never makes the three hour walk up hill. We also found
that the system of traditional birth attendants has broken down and there are
none in the village at this time.
I will update you later on
more events including the training KFK is doing in Goljung this week for 17
traditional birth attendants from three villages, a 100% turn out for that
Karing for Kids (KFK
Nepal) runs a Mother and Child Health Clinic (MCH-Clinic)
in the rural mountain communities of Rasuwa,
Nepal. KFK Nepal is a non-government charity
organization working to save the lives of children
in Nepal since 1997.
KFK-Nepal’s MCH Clinic has been providing the medical
services to approximately 7,000 people of remote
Gatlang, Goljung, and Chilime villages of Rasuwa
district since late 2000. Before this clinic was
established, there was no medical service available in
these communities. Because of the extreme level of
poverty in these communities and remoteness from a
nearby hospital, which is about a days walking
distance, most people could not manage to get medical
care when they were sick. Seeking care from local
healers who did not have access to modern medical
techniques or treatments and was the only option.
Government outreach immunization services were so
infrequent and irregular that many children were left
without immunization against the major childhood
illnesses. Prior to KFK’s Clinic it was difficult to
find a mother who had not lost a child and impossible
to find a household without a sick person. It is
estimated that the Child and Maternal Mortality rates
of these communities have been almost two-to-three
times higher than the national average. Nepal's
average infant mortality rate, 78 deaths per 1000 live
births, and average maternal mortality rate, 539
deaths per 100,000 live deliveries, are among the
highest in the world.
KFK operates on an
extremely low budget. For about the cost of lunch in
an American restaurant, $15.00/day, we staff the
clinic and provide medical supplies and equipment as
well as overhead costs, such as utilities. But even
this small sum of money is difficult to obtain in a
country as poor as Nepal. We desperately need your
help to save lives and improve the health and well
being of these poor, indigenous Buddhist-Tamang
communities on the Nepal-Tibet border.
How You Can Help Save
this Clinic and build more...
Sponsorship: We welcome and encourage individuals to
sponsor our basic clinic operation cost. To meet our
yearly budget of US$ 7500, we need just 25 people to
contribute the small sum of US$ 25/month. That is less
than $1.00 a day to keep this clinic open!
supports: We welcome and encourage professionally
trained medical personal, preferably nurse
practitioners, midwife, and medical doctors to provide
volunteer services in our clinic. Interested
individual should be able to cover his or her own
costs while we will provide free accommodations.
Institutional/Corporate Supports: We request charity
organizations and corporate agencies to help us
sustain, develop, and expand our medical and other
development activities such as sanitation, community
health education, community library, child education
sponsorship etc. We also accept donations of medical
equipments and supplies such as medicine etc.
Please help us to
save lives and improve health and well being of the
deprived poor indigenous Tamang communities.
make a donation send your check to:
Karing for Kids
PO Box 1170 Sandia Park New
a donation using
credit card or your checking account on-line
using Pay-pal here:
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