Global Reach International

To bring sustainable projects to the people of Nepal. Help with Disaster Recovery in the USA and abroad.
Aug 10, 2012

Global Reach

Toby and David of Global Encounters went to these projects.  Please visit their website to see pictures and videos of their trip to these sites.    Toby and David apprached Global Reach International after donating money to one of our projects. 

While in Nepal they were able to visit three separate projects that Global Reach International and Mike Cassidy

( Global Reach International Board member) have been raising money for. 

 

Thank you all.

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Feb 23, 2012

Global Reach Report

Mike Cassidy is our project leader for these projects.  He is in Nepal until the end of March.  Below are some of his emails that he is reporting back from the field in Nepal.  Mike is volunteering his time to serve the people of Nepal. Enjoy, and Thank You for your continue support. 
Namaste,

FEB. I left St. Devi's Academy this morning and told them i would return
in three weeks when our programs in the South are finished in the Lumbini Zone..
I took a few boys from Porapokar orphanage to help me get the two buses to the
disabled home outside Kathmandu. I was good to see Daya Ram Thapa and the now 33
deaf, blind and crippled children he cares for. I assured him of our $900
continued support.
Two successes greeted me.Steel rods were placed in Surjan's crippled legs
and he will walk normally in a few years time. He is seven years old. Gita, five
years old, had two successful operations, one on her cleft lip and the second
one on her throat. She is still blind and learning braille on a newly gifted
computer from France but she is 'talking up a storm' now that she is able to
speak. Be glad...we are all part of this...
spent the evening at Porapokar home sitting on the roof around a fire made
of bamboo sticks. It is cold at night and we talked and ate sweets. I was taken
to the 'bus park' at 7am for a local bus to Bhairahawa on the southern plains of
Nepal. down the Kathmandu valley along winding roads past towns and villages for
the 8 hour ride. i was glad it was over.
Feb . this is my second day here at the Eye Hospital i am  still making my
rounds to see all the staff and former students of 9 years ago. Plans will
be made for our School Screening Program, I met with Hari Thapa who manages the
Low vision department and tomorrow i will go to the town of Butwal to speak to
Dr Amil about our  eye glasses program for poor children. All will be
well...
it is time to find some food.
Week of Feb 18-23
Namaste,
I took a long walk at dusk on saturday evening (feb 18) around the village
of Balwari for the last time this year. I saw a flock of parrots fly overhead,
water buffalo were walked back to their stalls and the smell of smoke from
cooking fires filled the air. I will miss the rice paddy, the squeal of water
pumps, the crow of roosters in the morning and having  tea by the fire as water
is heated for the morning bath.
Shivaratri - Shiva's night feb 20th
The eight hour bus ride to Kathmandu turned into a 14 hour ordeal. All was
going well until Narangath town bridge where a 'strike' closed the bridge for 3
hours. A 'bandt' is a common form of protest here where schools, offices, shops
and roads are closed, sometimes for days. On the move again until the 'jam' of
traffic slowed and stopped on the two lane road to the Kathmandu valley for 3
hours more. I love Nepal....
I celebrated the god Shiva's Night late at Paropakar orphanaged. A bonfire
was lit, two side drums played, clapping and chanting started the folk singing,
and dancing around the fire soon began. All we glad i kept my promise to attend.
I gave out  butterscotch sweets brought from the USA and  I soon forgot my long
bus ride.
I took the Braille typewriter to the SEVA  headquarters to see if we can
find the organization for the blind that i was told could repair the
machine.
Thur  Feb 23
I took four classes today at St Devi's Academy. handed out framework and
work seek puzzles I brought with me from America. It is nice to see the children
one year older. Which reminds me that i will also count one more year this
coming Saturday. It is the custom for me to give out sweets  on my
birthday.
all is well.
mike sir
 
Feb 16, 2011

Volunteer from Nepal

Namaste,

Now that we are in our second half of our Global Reach donation journey I wanted to summarize our sucesses this year. We have completed seven programs this first month.

Four Eye Programs
-Low vision- we again worked with Hari Thapa to identify and correct low vision cases with special lenses, small hand-held telescopes and magnification devices from the Lumbini Eye Institute.
-The School Screening Program from the Bhratpur Eye Hospital will examine the eyes of 7-8000 school children this year in the remote areas of Chitwan province.
- Butwal Lions Hospital received our second year donation for 100 to 110 pair of new glasses for destitute children.
- Eye medicines will be given free of cost to patients at the Remote Eye Camp programs at the Himalayas Eye Hospital in Pokhara. Surgeons and hospital personnel travel for days to provide eye care to these remote areas.

- Two blind homes, one at Pyuthan with 10 children and the other at the Santi Blind school with 27 children, were provided with braille paper, fluorescent lighting for low-vision children, clothing and bedding, food items and day to day necessities for our 5th year

- Mina Devi's Orphanage with 14 children in two rented rooms was given our $500 gift for school supplies and other items for the 4th year. A five room home is being built for her by a local Nepalese business organization.

We don't do this alone. So many persons here in Nepal and at home have helped us do this work. I want to thank one and all.

It has rained steadily for two days now. Pools of water and mud are everywhere, the temperature is between 50-55 degrees with no heating and there is six hours of electric a day but i would not trade the joy of doing this work for anything.

Thank you again,
Mike sir

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