Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.

The Himalayan Cataract Project strives to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high-quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of a world class eye care infrastructure.
Jun 11, 2015

Continuing the relief efforts in Nepal

The outreach efforts of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology has continued on to the second phase of relief, with a focus on building temporary shelters for victims of the earthquake. 

This past weekend Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit led a group from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology to Sindhupalchowk, one of the districts that was greatly devastated by the earthquake. The team brought the people of the community 65 temporary shelters, with plans to complete a total of 100 shelters within the coming days. The shelters will be of great help to these families throughout the monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to August. Tilganga will reach out to additional communities to provide thse temporary shelters.

The next phase of relief will be providing permanent houses for those who lost their homes.

Dr. Ruit
Dr. Ruit
Interior of the temporary shelter
Interior of the temporary shelter
May 7, 2015

Reaching out to the hardest hit districts

Bhaktapur relief
Bhaktapur relief

Within days of the earthquake hitting Nepal, our partners from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology have been providing emergency relief supplies to the hardest hit, rural areas.

Dr. Suman Thapa and a team from Tilganga provided 1,000 families in the Sindhu district relief packages, which includes rice, lentils, salt, and water purification liquid.

In the Bhaktapur municipality, Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit, and a team from Tilganga, distributed three tons of rice, 250 kg of lentils, hundreds of packets of noodles and sugar.

Dr. Rojit Saiju and a team distributed emergency relief packages to 1,000 families in the Nuwakot district, and in the Dhading district Dr. Reeta Gurung and a team distributed relief packages to another 1,000 families.

The work continues as the demand increases for more of Tilganga's support to rural districts.

Reaching rural areas
Reaching rural areas
Food distribution
Food distribution
Distributing more food
Distributing more food
May 1, 2015

Report from the Hardest Hit Zone

Below is an update from our partner organization, Tilganga, employee Khim Gurung. The team from Tilganga is visiting hard hit, remote areas, to deliver food, medical supplies and urgently needed emergency supplies.

Dear all 

We (Dr Suman, Krishna Gopal & myself) returned yesterday from badly affected zone after distributing little dry food to victims.  The situation in that area is horrible. The people are in panic. More than 90% (18,000) houses were collapsed, thousands of animals were killed, about thousand people were died, thousands of people were injured, several health clinics, school building are badly damaged. Electricity is also blocked. 
When we started to distribute the foods, we realised the dry food is not enough. They need solid food such as rice which they can cook and eat. There foods are under collapsed houses. A little amount of food have taken out, some borrowed from neighbours and shared among themselves. People are living together under poorly managed tents. However, they are living together helping each other and saving from hunger. But question is, how long they will go??? However, they are trying to take out remaining foods from their collapsed housed, that is very very tough and they are being able to take out very little amount of food, they cloths and other accessories. Very very tough time for all of the victims. 
On first day of dry food distribution, we realised that dry food  is not enough. So, we informed to Tilganga management team about the need of rice and requested to arrange some rice other accessories. Fortunately, We succeeded to distribute some amount of rice to a community of very poor area. That will help them to survive and search for more foods from other sources. Furthermore, we distributed two solar panel for mobile charge and water purifier. To prevent outbreak of diarrhoea, cholera etc, we delivered health education about hygiene, safe drinking water, temporary toilet construction and use and health check up in case of any health problem occurrence.
Good thing is the government and other organisations are also started to distribute the foods in very remote area after our action. 
We will report and share our learnings to Dr Ruit and team today. Let's see how we plan to move forward to be part of our suffered communities. 
For your information, Tilganga family has decided to contribute 2 days of salary and some of them more days of their salary. 
Thanks to all of you for your great support. Some pictures from our field visit are attached.
Thanks and regards
Khim

 
   

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