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.
Oct 27, 2015

Healing Lives

Dipa 5yo girl with Syndactyly
Dipa 5yo girl with Syndactyly

Depa is a 5 year old girl living with 5 family members in a small house made of cement with a straw thatched roof.  Her home is in the foothills of the Himalayas in Eastern Nepal.  Her father earns a little money from his small teashop and manages to feed the family adequately most of the time. (Depa is a fictitious name)

Depa has a more complex case of syndactyly being that both hands and both feet are involved. This is a very brave girl with a strong desire to write and draw pictures.  Several surgical procedures are necessary to provide Depa with proper dexterity and ability to wear normal foot gear.  Each procedure will require healing time and physical therapy to optimize the results of surgery.   The first procedure on her left hand has healed and with hand therapy Depa is now able to hold a pen, is learn to write and draw pretty pictures.  A surgery date for her right hand will soon be scheduled.

Ultimately she will be wearing sneakers, running and playing outdoor games with her classmates.  She is indeed a lucky girl.  It is your support that allows Children's Medical Aid to help children like Dipa.  Thanks to everyone that has contributed to making a difference in the lives of Nepali children.  They truly love and appreciate you.

Six months after a massive earthquake in Nepal, scenes of devastation remain. Thousands of people have been left with nothing and are still living in camps for displaced families in Kathmandu.  Sargamatha Coffee and Children’s Medical Aid foundation (CMAF) have joined forces to help earthquake victims in Kavre District and improve living standards of poverty-stricken villagers. 

Sanjeeb Shrestha, coffee entrepreneur and humanitarian has introduced coffee farming as a social business and long range plan to improve lives of remote villagers.  In 2012 for the first time villagers had the opportunity to earn wages and lift themselves out of poverty.  A successful coffee harvest of rich Arabica beans took place in February 2015 before the earthquake. Those very special coffee beans are now being sold in San Francisco Bay to benefit 500 villagers.  This is not a temporary fix.  Growth in production and sales is anticipated with increased benefit to the surrounding villages for years to come. 

Prayers are always appreciated.  Please include Nepal in your prayers.

Left Hand    Before
Left Hand Before
Left Hand After
Left Hand After
Sorting of Coffe Beans by Hand
Sorting of Coffe Beans by Hand

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Aug 14, 2015

We Did It!

The Kitchen Crew Made it Happen
The Kitchen Crew Made it Happen

In 2012 a make shift kitchen was created at Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center.  Even though the building was unfinishd. The kitchen came together to accommodate a volunteer surgical team from Operation Smile and the 60 patients that they were coming to serve.  The make shift kitchen some how manifested nutritional healthy meals for visiting volunteers, staff and patients. Shortly after that Children's Medical Aid became involved and committed to design a modern kitchen, with trained  personnel providing healthy nutritious meals for patients and staff.   The ability of the kitchen staff to respond to the earthquake crises was the greatest reward for me.

Since the original earthquake on April 25th, donations  have been received from supporters around the world that have helped in numerous ways.  Your donations helped to provide over 2,000 meals a week for earthquake victims for more than 5 weeks.  Other substantial donations of money and equipment have helped the hospital provide medical care directly to those who have been hardest hit.   We continue to provide free meals for hospitalized patients that are without funds.  Your generosity has helped us through the worst of the crisis. Things are now starting to get back to normal. Good job everyone.

Congratulations to you and everyone.

New cashier station installed
New cashier station installed
New window netting to keep flies out.
New window netting to keep flies out.
2012 From whence we have come.
2012 From whence we have come.
Jul 27, 2015

Kirtipur Hospital Helping Eartquake Victims

Kitchen crew at work
Kitchen crew at work

Since the original earthquake on April 25th, donations  have been received from supporters around the world that have helped in numerous ways. $11,000  helped to feed over 2,000 earthquake victims a week for 5 weeks, and other substantial donations of money and equipment have helped the hospital provide medical care directly to those who have been hardest hit.   We continue to provide free meals for hospitalized patients that are without funds.  Your generosity has helped us through the worst of the crisis. Things are starting to get back to normal. Good job everyone.

Kirtipur Hospital is one of the few hospitals that survived the earthquake with the ability to provide medical care.  The majority of injuries have been related to wounds and broken bones, and some burn injuries. Over 200 surgeries were completed free of charge and 800 earthquake victims were treated without reimbursement.  Due to the severity of an injury, several surgeries may be required to correct a problem and must be followed by dressing changes and therapy. Because of this several earthquake victims are still being treated by the hospital.  

We have seen a drop in the number of surgeries for disfigured children due to the hardships that the earthquake has imposed on familes.  This will change as the infrastructure improves and people can get back to normal lives.

Now it’s time to “help the hospital heal”.  Supplies need to be replenished.  Funds are needed to address the economic deficit and maintain services that are still very much needed by the community.

Eight bed post op ward (before)
Eight bed post op ward (before)
Post Op ward (after)
Post Op ward (after)
 

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