Children's Medical Aid Foundation

Children's Medical Aid Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished children and families in Nepal by bridging healthcare needs with access to healthcare services. We facilitate the fund development, local and international partnerships and volunteer assistance required to provide no- or low-cost healthcare services to indigent families in rural, remote areas of Nepal.
Nov 28, 2016

Bistari! Bistari!

Sanjeeb, Nepal CMAF Director
Sanjeeb, Nepal CMAF Director

When trekking in the Himalayas at high elevations you can hear Sherpas repeating "Bistari! Bistari!” (slowly slowly).         By slowly keeping one foot in front of the other while holding the vision of Mt Everest summit ahead success becomes attainable.  Keeping this in mind helps us focus on goals and manage challenges while moving slowly ahead.   We are committed to providing a comfortable and secure environment where children can learn and grow.  Dispite obstacles created by Mother Nature and unforeseeable  challenges we are moving ahead to live up to our commitments and complete our goals. Bistre! Bistari!

Two schools now have library carpets and bookshelves in place with three others in process. By procuring local materials and utilizing village manpower we are improving the economy and lower our overall costs.   The uniform manufacturer in Kathmandu promised to deliver 600 uniforms for five village schools by October 10, 2016 but failed to do so due to labour shortages during the month long Deshain holidays.  The manufacturer delivered 288 pieces this past Tuesday November 7th at a 10% discount.  As you can see from the pictures the children were delighted with their new school uniforms.   There has been difficulty in obtaining a feasible purchase price for sneakers but hope to complete negotiations and distribute both sneakers with school uniforms to all five schools during the next few weeks.

The next phase of library development will begin when school uniform distributions have been completed.

Thank you for all of your help and support.  You are the ones that truly make the difference.  What we need right now are prayers.  Dollars are always welcome to facilitate filling the villagers needs but prayers can never be substituted. 




Uniforms On-The -Go
Uniforms On-The -Go
School Name on Uniform Proudly Displayed
School Name on Uniform Proudly Displayed
Carpets for Libary Delivered
Carpets for Libary Delivered
Oct 24, 2016

Heart Felt Warmth

Sanjeeb, In Country Director
Sanjeeb, In Country Director

Changing of seasons is upon us.  Monsoon rains have lasted beyond their normal duration but the rain has finally stopped.  Due to road conditions and landslides it was impossible to visit the village schools for several weeks.  Please to inform you that when our team was finally able to reach Naya Gaon village to inspect the rain damages of Bindabasini School grounds, the damages were not as serious as had been reported earlier by the principal.  Some of the earth had been eroded from the temporary learning structure but  students were not prohibited from access to the school.  The cost to repair the damages was no more than $400 due to assistance from local volunteers. Funds were made immediately available for repairing the erosion and the work has now been completed.  For this small amount of money the children once again have safe school grounds.  Thank you all for your contributions that make it possible for us to address these types of issues on the spot without delay.

All schools were closed during the monh of Otober in celebration of Dashain, the most impoatant Nepalese of the year.   Emphasis on family gatherings as well as on a renewal of community ties are highlighted by special family dinners and various community processions of deities.  A surprise will be awaiting students upon their return from the holiday.  All 450 students attending 5 village schools will be gifted winter uniforms designed in a tracksuit style to maximise warmth and comfort.  Many of the children do not have shoes or socks so we will provide them along with a winter uniform for all students.  We have witnessed that uniforms instill school pride and motivate attendance and we want this for all students.

Thanks to all of our supporters for making it possible for 450 children to have a warmer school experience this winter. Their warmth will come from knowing that you care about them as well as the uniforms that you have provided.

Bindabasini Narrow School grounds.
Bindabasini Narrow School grounds.
5th Grade Students
5th Grade Students
Aug 15, 2016

Water Water Everywhere

women rescuing her cloth
women rescuing her cloth

On June 24, 2016 with the arrival of monsoon much of Nepal was left grappling with floods. In Nepal, floods are a part of the annual cycle causing property damage and impacting the livelihoods of people every year. Nepalese are more vulnerable to the impacts of flooding due to poorly designed infrastructure and embankments or lack thereof.

The Kavre Distric and home to our adopted schools may have been hard hit during the monsoon season.  The Friendship Bridge near Naya Goan that connects Nepal to Tibet, has been washed away.  This is an example of the power of a monsoon and its ability to change the topography.  In July Sanjeeb, our man on the ground, visited the villages despite a rising river which altered his route back to Kathmandu.  At that time the monsoons had seemed relatively normal in the village including our schools although several attempts to return to the villages have failed due to landslides and bad roads.  Travel plans are in place to visit villages on Sunday August 14th as we are anxious to see the condition of Bindabsini School where our new retaining wall and landfill has been washed away. I'm sorry that I do not have many pictures of children and flooding at this time.  Visuals of the children and school grounds will be provided following our coming visit.

It will take some time for us to regroup from the monsoon landslide damage this season.  Thankfully we were able to deliver six 2000-liter water tanks to three schools that were in grave need of running water.   This fits the old saying, Water Water Everywhere But Not A Drop To Drink.

Thank you for all of your help and support.  You are the ones that truly make the difference.  What we need right now are prayers.  Dollors are always welcome to facilitate filling the villagers needs but prayers can never be substituted. 

Love You For All Your Help.

Carol Vernal, CEO

 

New retaining wall with dirt fill now washed away.
New retaining wall with dirt fill now washed away.

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