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
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