Himalayan Family Healthcare Project team in Nepal is working to rebuild the school. See pictures of our progress
Hello & Namaste!
I thank you for your continuous support and praying for Nepal. On May 24, we visited at Yeti Plastic Industries Pvt. Ltd located in Nasikasthan-1, Bhaisepati, Kavre (www.yetiplastic.com). The purpose of this visit was to learn about the Yeti Plastic Industries and their product that we will be utilizing for our water purification project. We met with Ms. Puja Shrestha, who is the director of Yeti Plastic Industries. Ms. Shrestha stated they produce all kinds of supplies /equipment related to the water purification system, including pipe, plastics and water jar. She gave us the facility tour.
On May 25, I visited the Patan Hospital and met Dr. Gyan Kayasth, Chief of Internal Medicine and Mr. Prakash Thapa, Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Thapa stated they received an amount of $4000.00 from Himalayan Family Healthcare Project and he would like to thank us for our generous contribution to the Patan Hospital. Dr. Gyan Kayastha provided the hospital tour and explained the treatment process for the earthquake victims. Dr. Gyan Kayastha stated the Patan Hospital is providing 100% free treatment for the earthquake victims. I noticed the Patan Hospital is flooded with several injured patients including, broken arms, broken legs, head injuries etc. Some patients are receiving their treatment on the hallways and outside the hospital’s building. I observed there are tents being set up out side the hospital building to deliver patients services (I sent pics to Prakash via Viber). I also observed there are many patients who are suffering the PSTD like symptoms.
On May 26, our meeting started at 6:30 pm with six participants: 1). Devi States, USA-Board Chairman; 2). Mr. Dhorje Gurung, Nepal-Board Chairman; 3). Mr. Birendra Thapa, Nepal Army Pilot-Colonel; 4). Mrs. Shiela Upadhyay, Professor; 5). Dr. Bhairrab Kumar Hamal, M.D; 6). Ms. Anita Gurung, HFHCP-project assistant.
The purpose of the meeting was to report the findings of our site visit in Naubishe, Sindhupalchok district and to develop a strategic plan of response to help the residents of Naubishe due to the earthquake disaster. The report of our site visit included the slideshow of pictures and six minutes video. We discussed the rebuilding of physical structures of school building and health post with two rooms (Patient examination room and medications/supplies room). Retired Nepal Army, Major: Kamal Nepal was nominated and approved as a field coordinator for this specific project in Naubishe, Sindhupalchok. Major: Kamal Nepal will work under direction of Mr. Dhorje Gurung, Chairman of Nepal Board. This committee requested Major: Kamal Nepal to submit building design and estimated budget by June 6th. Our next meeting is scheduled on June 6 at 6 pm to discuss the building design and the cost.
On May 27, meeting with Dr. Gyan Kayastha, Nepal-Advisory Board; Mr. Dhorje Gurung, Chairman-Nepal Board; Ms. Anita Gurung, Nepal-Project Assistant & Devi States, Chairman-USA Board. We discussed about the health camp in Sindhupalchok District. Dr. Gyan Kayastha stated the Patan Hospital would provide the doctors for the health camp. We agreed to conduct health camp on June 12th and 13th. We also agreed Devi States and Anita Gurung will work with Dr. Gyan Kayastha to coordinate health camp. We also agreed to plan the following project at the same time:
1) Installation of water purification project-Start: June 12 to TBD-Lead: Dr. Bowen; Assistants: Gyan Gurung; Sonjog Thapa; & Harrish Chand
2) Start to rebuilding of School building and health post: Start: June 12-On going- Lead: Dhorje Gurung & Major: Kamal Nepal
3) Health Camp: Start: June 12 to June 13- Lead: Devi States, Dr. Gyan Kayastha, Anita Gurug
4) Post-earthquake needs assessment: Start: June 12-TBD-Lead: Devi States & Major: Kamal Nepal
5) Media ( TV and News Paper : Both in Nepali and English): Kamal Nepal and Ms. Rajan Shahi.
On May 29, Mr. Dhorje Gurung; Chairman of Nepal Board and I met with Ms. Nanu Nagarkoti Lama; President of Lions Club. Ms. Nanu Nagarkoti Lama requested this meeting. Ms. Lama stated the she would like to partner with Himalayan Family Healthcare Project to deliver any relief effort in Nepal. We agreed to partner with the Lions Club. However, we also agreed to get approval by USA-Board first before finalize our official partnership.
Spoke to Ms. Puja Shrestha, Director of Yeti Plastic Industries regarding water container, 12 V deep cycle battery and white PVC pipe requesting Dr. Bowen for the water purification project. Ms. Shrestha stated that they should have all the equipment that is requesting by Dr. Bowen. We agreed to meet on June 1st.
Thank you for your support and your hard work on behalf of Himalayan Family Healthcare Project.
Dear Donors/Supporters of HFHCP:
On May 21, around 4:15 pm local time, I arrived in Kathmandu, international airport and what a big surprise! I was greeted and escorted by military personnel at the airport.
On May 21, evening, I contacted Mr. Dhorje Gurung, who is Chairman of Nepali Board and requested an emergency board meeting on May 22 at 6 pm. He agreed to attend a meeting on May 22 at 6 pm. Also, I contacted and invited other key community leaders to attend our important meeting on May 22.
On May 22, our meeting started at 6:05 pm with seven participants: 1). Devi States, USA-Board Chairman; 2). Mr. Dhorje Gurung, Nepal-Board Chairman; 3). Mr. Birendra Thapa, Pilot-Colonel; 4). Mrs. Shiela Upadhyay, Professor; 5). Dr. Bhairrab Kumar Hamal, M.D; 6). Ms. Anita Gurung, HFHCP-project assistant; 7). Mr. Prithivi Shahi, Special advisory member.
The purpose of the meeting was to create a strategic plan of response to identify and help the most vulnerable and severely affected people due to the earthquake disaster. Dr. Hamal presented the various plans of disaster recovery. Dr. Hamal stated there are several plans/strategies that communities go through to rebuild their lives after disasters.
Our next discussion focused on selecting the location of the site and the type of project that we are planning to implement. We discussed the hardest hit areas, including Gorkha, Dolakha, and Sindhupalchok District etc. We agreed to focus HFHCP effort in Sindhupalchok District. We specifically agreed to focus HFHCP relief effort in the Magi or “Fishermen” village in Naubishe, Sindhupalchok district. The minority Magi, or “fisherman” depends on fishing for their survival. The Magi or Fishermen are Dalit’s group. The Dalit term refers to untouchable caste and historically disadvantaged communities. They face harassment, assault, discrimination and criminal act on daily basis. After discussion, we agreed to focus our effort on rebuilding of school building, health post and water purification project. We also agreed to dispatch to Naubeshi, Sindhupalchock to assess the condition. Our next meeting is scheduled on May 26 to report the findings of needs assessment.
On May 23, 2015, we are heading to Phulpingkot-4, Naubishe, Sindhupolchok. Our team included: me; Dhorje Gurung-Nepal Board Chairman; Major: Kamal Thapa, Anita Gurung, program assistant, & Prakash Shrestha.
We left Kathmandu by Jeep around 12 pm. On our way to Naubishe, Sindhupalchok, one big rock rolled down from hill and our jeep had to stop for five minutes. In this area, over 95% of houses have collapsed. We arrived in Naubishe, Sindhupalchok around 3 pm, local time. We parked our jeep and then walked to Shree Seti Devi Primary School.
We observed that all the school building was destroyed. We met school’s Head Master and founder of school. The head master reported that they have 6 teachers and over 100 students (up to grade five), but no school building. We discovered that electricity and communication were cut off across in the District of Sindhupalchok. The head master also reported that no other relief team have been there. I believe the reason the relief team didn’t arrive there was because of the steep mountains and narrow roads. The head master stated they had no healthcare services and they get sick due to the water related illness. I asked him where they get the water? He said they drink water directly from the river.
School is starting within two weeks, but they don’t even have a proper site for learning. One student was crying and I asked him that why are you crying? He was continuing crying and stated, “I want my school back”.
After our site visit, the villagers offered us some cucumber. The village leader said, “We don’t have much to offer, but at the very least have some cucumber.” We returned back to Kathmandu around 8 pm. We were very tired, but we were happy that we came back safely! We will return to Sindhupolchok after our meeting on May 26.
The Himalayan Family Healthcare Project (HFHCP) would like to thank you for your generous contribution. All funds will be used to begin the rebuilding process and provide healthcare in Nepal. NO money is used for salaries or benefits any personnel at HFHCP. 100% goes towards the lifesaving work in Nepal. We are committed to honesty, transparency and accountability.
HFHCP, headquarter in St. Louis has been helping improve basic health services in Nepal since 2009. As soon as the earthquake struck, HFHCP dispatched one of their Board Members, Dr. Sunil Sherchan to Nepal on Sunday 26th of April to spearhead bringing support from the HFHCP offices in Kathmandu.
The Himalayan Family Healthcare Project (HFHCP) is a 501( c) ( 3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing community-driven, primary health care services to improve health status of children and their families living in remote areas of Nepal. The HFHCP’s goal is to build a permanent health care facility in the Manang District near Nepal’s border with Tibet.
Currently, we are conducting the health needs assessment in Nepal; including the information about health problems; injuries, deaths, health hazards in the community; and healthcare resources in community etc. After completion of the health needs assessment, we plan to meet with our Board Members, Stakeholders and Donors to develop appropriate culturally sensitive health services plan for Nepal. We will learn and listen to people and not come in with our western ways.
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First I would like to thank all the donors to Himalayan Family Healthcare Project. Your gift will be used to reduce some of the pain and suffering of the women, children and men of Nepal. We will try to maximize the potential of every penny donated to HFHP. As the clock ticks, this disaster is gradually changing from rescue and extraction of the injuried and trapped to one of support of the survivors. There is a great need for food, sanitation and potable water. The potential for the development of serious diseases associated with such disasters is around the corner. You can continue helping in these efforts by asking your friends to donate to organizations which are providing relief to Nepal.
I started going on mission trips in 1995. One of the frequent questions I get before leaving on a trip or after returning is “Why are you doing this?”.
Over the years I have given many answers. Some are short. Some emotional. Some are way too long! Most people who inquire are usually pleased with my answer but, sometimes the person asking the question just cannot understand why I would leave the United States and travel for many hours or days by plane to get somewhere I still need to travel several days to get to the people in whose life I am trying to make a difference. Usually that person gets my special answer that speaks to them,
” I go for the beer! There is nothing better popping the top of a beer, cooled in a river flowing right from the glacier!!”
Today I would like to answer that question using pictures instead of words. These are pictures of the current situation in Nepal. They speak the 1,000 words held in my heart of why I do what I do.
Photo 1. Making small food bags for distribution to survivors.
Photo 2. Temp tarp shelters.
Thanks for listening. Nepal needs your help.
Rick Bowen, MD, PhD
Himalayan Family Health Care Project (HFHCP), headquartered in St. Louis, has been helping improve basic health services in Nepal since 2009. They dispatched one of their Board Members to Nepal on Sunday (26th of April): Dr. Sunil Sherchan to spearhead bringing support from the HFHCP offices in Kathmandu. Currently, Dr. Sunil is leading a medical assessment team together with SEBS at Sindhupalchok, one of the hardest hit areas. Keep posted for Sindhupalchowk updates from Sunil. He took some pictures from Kathmandu during his first day there.