School Screening Program



Below are emails from a volunteer in the field.  Mike is a volunteer with Global Reach
International.  He stays in Nepal for two
months each year and volunteers his time.
Myself and a fellow volunteer from Global Reach International visited
Mike at his sites in Nepal last week (week of March 12 – 16).  Please enjoy the pictures and emails from his
trip.  The highlighted words are for this project. 




Mon jan 21


Four days, four flights of 27 hours
, check-in, security and passport control are now behind me with one day rest
in Bangkok. I arrived Friday in Kathmandu in the late afternoon. It was good to
see the 85 children once again. Distributed the small candy canes before trying
to unpack by candle light. I must adjust to the 14 hours of electric a day.

Sat jan 21

Off to Paropakar Orphanage and the
47 boys, promised 'sports shoes' when I return in three weeks from the Lumbini
area in the south..Raju, Susan and Sanjee took me outside Kathmandu to the
Disabled home for 34 deaf, blind and handicapped children. A marvel to see the
wrok of Daya Ram and his two sons are doing. The 13 deaf are learning computers
skills. The Braille printer, donated from France, is being used to make clear
braille plastic slips pasted in story books so the blind children can also
'read' children's stories...Surjan is in Hospital for a second knock-knee
operation and will walk normally in a few months. After the six programs in the
South I will see if there are enough funds to whlp with on the the two needed
leg operations still needed at the home.....I am leaving for the South tonight
by bus with two intactlarge crystal vases, wedding presents, for a ten hour
overnight bus ride, my clothes are drying, I am recently bathed and i got
antibiotics for a persistent chest cold.


I moved into the Everest Hotel last Friday
near the Eye Hospital in Bhairahawa which has slightly warmed water, two
electric bulbs by generator power 16 hours a day and a special price of $8 a
day because of the social programs I do in the area. I moved from my friend
Amit's village of Balwari up the road by bus because the household is preparing
for Dr. Amit's marriage and the influx of relatives at the home next week.


I visited Mina Devi's home for 14
orphans and set plans for a donation ceremony on Feb 3rd. I met 17 year old
Baba Ram Bandari, a success story of this women's home, who was saved from
child labor at age seven and is now studying for engineering.

I also fixed the donation date for
the 27 blind and low-vision students at the home connected to the Santi
Government School. I was glad to hear that Jamuna,Santa and Amod left the home
to attend a College that caters to the visually handicapped..

I hope the weather breaks on the
plains soon. 50 degrees, no heat, foggy and overcast until 1 or 2 pm for a few
hours of sunshine. wash takes 2-3 days to dry.


Friday, Feb 1st. I went to the Lions
Eye Hospital by small Nepalese bus for one hour with Susan a former student. He
is in town with his new wife Manju from Pyuthan in the Hilly Region for Dr
Amit's wedding in a few days. The $500 donation was accepted by Dr Anil and
will be used for the distribution of 'specs' to needy children on an individual

Mon, Feb 3rd. A very low key
donation ceremony for Maina Devi's one year old home for her fourteen
orphans.(thankfully, this was Amit's doing) Sliced apples, buscuits and tea for
five of us and an hour visit and a $500 donation for our seventh year.

Tues. Feb 4th.The Santi Blind and
Low vision Home for 27 children is connected to a large government school and a
large display of gratitude was shown for the $900 donation. The 27 children
gathered in front of five speakers. I was presented with two malas -huge
marigold necklaces-, Tika, red powder on the forehead by all four speakers, a
Nepalese cap, a framed 'letter of appreciation' and a gift of a metal
temple.This is their custom and i must allow. A curried chicken dinner was
given in my honor at the home so i spent the night in the dorm room for 15
children. A hard bed and too much talking gave me a restless night.

I took my pants and shirt to be
pressed at a tailor using a huge charcoal filled iron. I found a matching tie
in the market for the handmade jacket to be picked-up today for Amits wedding
on Thursday.

Tomorrow I go to the Butwal Lions
Hospital for an all day school eye examination of a local school.

mike Namaste,


Wed, Feb 6th. It was raining so
plastic pants and jacket were provided for me in the Butwal Lions Hospital for
the 45 minute motorbike west of here to the Shree Sandraskar Secondary School
where 275 children had their eyes examined. I got a first hand look at the
poverty in the rural areas where some families can not afford a $7 pair of
glasses. A eye chart was taped to the outside wall, a bench pulled from a
classroom and the meters measured off for the examination to begin. Three
children will get free glasses from our donation.


Thur. Feb 7th. Amit's Wedding. 15
cars and a bus loaded with friends and relatives of the grooms left Balwari
Village for the 30 minute ride to Bhairahawa. We stopped two streets from the
brides home and the wedding ceremony. In front of a marigold decorated car a
band played, the troop danced and slowly walked to the bride's home. The long
ceremony was performed by a Bhraman priest while we ate a vegetarian dinner.
The women wore gold and very beautiful saris.

tomorrow Kotihowa village and a
community center and a small donation. I will sleep over at Roshan Pun's home.

Thur - feb 14 I counted 15mosquitoes
in the restroom of the downstairs restaurant of the Everest Hotel last night.
It is time to leave this area. My work is completed on the southern plains. I
said 'goodbye' over the last three days to friends, hospital staff, \santi
school teachers and the Butwal Lions....I took a 5 hour, 4:30 am bus to
Bharatpur and the eye hospital there. Tulsi and Mr Kandel will manage the
School Screening Program from here in the Ghurka district this year.. I met
Chhaya, an assistant manager, who could possible help ;manage the funds being
sent to an orphanage in the Chitwan area by Global Reach another Non Profit in
New Jersey.

Fri - fev 15th I left Bhratpur by plane for a 30 min flight to Kathmandu. Last
year the day bus took 18 hours with two 'strikes' blocking the road fror hours
and numerous 'jams' was 'sports day' with half-a-day of classes. I have
out candy canes to the hostel children in the evening because is was too tired
to go to the shop for cookies.

Sat - feb 16 The Disabled Home Assn.

I met a UN worker's wife who secured
a plot of land across the road from a Swiss group for a permanent home for the
34 disables children. the cost of the building is being planned.....I
recognized the small boy's face but something seemed unfamiliar until i
realized it was little Surjan walking normally after two leg operations a year
apart....good news. we will pay for the leg operations for two children here at
the home. They are both charity cases operated on by the doctors free of cost
and we will only pay for the supplies and medicines.

Fri - Mar 1 Farewell Party for Class
10 - given by class 8 and 9 at St Devi's Academy went well in the outside
raised stage area covered by a tin roof. A tent top covered the students and
guests. Nepalese folk dancing, comedy skits, snacks and awards were part of the
farewell. the afternoon ended with all three classes jumping and dancing
onstage to 'Condom Star'.

- A taxi ride for $3.50 to Chandra's
Flag shop to meet Amit from Paropakar Orphanage and give him the 46000 rupies
for the 47 pair of 'sports shoes' -$11.50 a pair - for tomorrow nights


- onto the Disabled Children's Home
with Chandra by motorbike. I again met Maggie from Austrailia with the UN
husband, and she informed me that the plans for the first modern disabled home
in Nepal are still in progress. This is a wonderful thing and we should be
proud to be part of this support for Daya the last five years.


Sat - Mar 2 - Chandra and I left the
home by noon and i told Daya Ram that next friday would be my last visit to the
home this year and that I would bring the 38000 rupies for the two charity leg
operations for Mina and Ambika.

I saw the happiness and excitement
in the children's eyes in anticipation of a new pair of 'sport shoes' as
Chandra dropped me at the door of Paropakar. All we waiting for me and the
locked library was opened and the distribution of 'sport shoes' began. As is
the custom, i was to hand each pair to everyone. After a dinner of rice and
curry vegetables my eight pound birthday cake was brought into the room and
cut. I am fairly certain that this was the only piece of cake these children
will have until I return next year.


Sun - mar 3 - I returned to St
Devi's expecting to have class but there is a 'Bandha' ,a general protest for
the death of a student hit by a bus. All schools were closed.


I sat with Devi in the school yard
and she pointed to children and told me their stories of abandonment, neglect
and poverty. She interjected her stories with phrases like 'I've been keeping
for two years', 'mother washing clothes', ' what to do?' , 'father died', ' I
can not chase', ' grandmother pays little little', ' I can feed but who will
pay tuition?' I saw the burden on the face of this good women has in managing a
school and home...


mike sir


Each Year Mike Cassidy of PA goes to Nepal to put on two months of Eye Camps.  These camps are done during January and February of each year.  We are still looking to raise money for our January and February of 2013 eye camps. 

Last year we raised over $5000.00 for eye camps in Nepal.  We also received donations for glasses.  Global Reach International could receive glasses also as donations.  We take the glasses with us when we travel to Nepal.      

Thank you.

Mike Cassidy one of Global Reach International’s volunteers is currently in Nepal working on preparing eye screenings and exams for children in Nepal.  He also distributing funds received for all projects from Global Giving.  Below is an email from the field:


Namaste, 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.  It 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.  This is my second day here at the Eye Hospital 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. mike sir

Global Reach International is working with Nepal What More Can We Do Inc to raise funds for screening programs in Nepal. The screening programs are performed each year in the month of January and February.  We are currently performing several fundraisers to raise the money needed to bring additional screening programs to Nepal. 


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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