Relief support for the disabled children in HRDC Hospital, Banepa.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
On Saturday, December 26, 2015, the GCRFEV team visited HRDC (Hospital and Rehabilation Center for Disabled Children) under the guidance of Mr. Bikash M Singh (Director of HRDC)
and distributed blankets for the disabled children receiving treatment free of cost there in the hospital about 75 in number. Mr. Bikash, the Director, also guided us to the different wards, OPD, Lecture hall, and different areas of the hospital including Operation theater and Kitchen of the hospital. Mr. Bikash and the most qualified doctors of orthopaedic, paediatrical, gynacology and other fields have been selfless visiting the rural and remote areas of Nepal most affected by earthquake and providing medical treatment there. The Chairperson of the hospital is the famous orthopaedic doctor Dr. Ashok Banskota. The following is some brief intro to the hospital.
Friends of the Disabled (FoD) is registered in the year 2049 with the Kathmandu District Office, Government of Nepal as a non-profit making and non-political Non-Governmental Organization. It was registered under the Organization Registration Act of 2034 B.S. (1978), and under the National Directives Act of Nepal, 1961 (2018). It received affiliation to the Social Welfare Council (SWC), the apex body of national and international NGOs working in Nepal. Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children (HRDC) is the only program of the Friends of the Disabled (FoD) with the vision to Create a society in which individuals (especially, children) with disabilities and their guardians live as equal citizens with optimum quality of life, independence and participation.
It is often said that nothing happens, unless there is a dream first. At the genesis of the HRDC story there was a dream. A dream so powerful, that it helped transform the medical landscape in Nepal in pediatric disability management. The dream nurtured and grew within Professor Dr. Ashok Kumar Banskota, the founder chairman of FoD/HRDC. The services were initiated at Jorpati as the hospital for Disabled Children (HDC) way back in 1985 by the Terre des hommes (Tdh), a Switzerland based charitable trust specialized in children’s issues. For details please visit www.hrdcnepal.org
This is the largest hospital in Nepal serving the disabled children free of cost and also pioneer in providing free medical treatment of the Earthquake victim children out of selfless motive.
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Relief program for the earthquake victims for schools and the village.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
The GCRFEV organized and distributed relief materials in the relief programs in four different areas on Saturday in the village of Mahamanjisristhan and Bhaktapur. First in the school named Saraswati Higher Secondary School, Thakalmatha, Nagarkot – 7. It distributed Note copies, pens, pencils, erasors, pencil sharpeners to the students majority of whom are earthquake victims. About 210 students students both boys and girls studying from grade 1 to grade 12 received the relief materials related to their education. In the school, about 12 teachers are teaching the students in a difficult environment in the aftermath of earthquake. Due to earthquake, the houses of most of them collapsed and are now somehow living under the makeshift homes made of zinc. The four classrooms, walls, library, Science lab have also been damaged by Earthquake. The pressing problems the village school is confronted with are the problems of water resources. There is a lack of public hall for holding programs like parents day and other school events. There is a lack of education materials. These are the most prominent problems and scarcities the Saraswati Higher Secondary School is facing at the moment. The GCRFEV then distributed the same relief materials like note copies, pens, pencils, erasors, pencil sharpeners to the students of Shri Balmikeshwor Lower Secondary School at Dhareli, Bhaktapur. The School has only students studying from Nursery to Grade seven. There is an acute lack of financial resources as is common in Village schools. About 205 students both male and female from Grade nursery to grade seven received the education related relief materials. Due to the major earthquake that occured in April 25, 2015 and many aftershocks, many schools specially village schools and some urban schools also collapsed. This is a huge problem for the villagers both young and adult who were studying in their respective scarcity striken schools. Most of the children and the adult villagers both boys and girls are now deprived of the school education. They cannot go to school because the earthquake has destroyed their schools already. But still there is no reconstruction of the village schools even though some makeshift schools are being built, some renovated. The children are the cornerstone for the country’s development and their own career. So something substantial must be taken into consideration to help those village students financially, materially and to rebuild and renovate and facilitate the existing village schools. After those two relief programs, the GCRFEV went to the village called Dulal Village where 105 families are living all having the same awful story to tell about the destruction of their homes by earthquake. Due to winter, they are living very pathetically, shivering with cold in a makeshift huts of zinc. GCRFEV distributed blankets for all of them. For all of these three relief programs, the GCRFEV is very much grateful to Ven. Rajya Prabha Guruma. Similarly the GCRFEV also distributed blankets to the impoverished and destitute residents of a ramshakle dilapidated huts. They are the residents of Bekhal, Bhaktapur which saw the massive destruction in the aftermath of repeated earthquake. Those poor people don’t have anything to cover their body at night in this excruciatingly cold winter season. We saw how they are living? really really pathetic. There is a small congested makeshift rooms made of zinc sheets which are barely sufficient to cover the open walls while there are big opening here and there. Even in the day time, we felt such a terrible cold, how could they manage at night? Something must be done for them right now. The GCRFEV provided blankets to the 35 residents of that slum area whose life as said before is so pathetic and miserable that it causes everyone to fill their eyes with tears of compassion…..There is scarcity everywhere for those poor earthquake victims. I pray may their scarcity, suffering end soon, may they have strong homes to live happily once again…. Last but not the least, the GCRFEV is very much thankful to Dao Trang Phap Hoa, USA, our team members Kishor Bhai Bajracharya, Mr. Tika Sherpa and so forth. And for the relief activities in Behal, Bhaktapur, the GCRFEV is specially thankful to Mr. Bikash Singh.
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Relief Distribution in Sindhupalchowk
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Today, the GCRFEV team members on behalf of Dao Trang Phap Hoa, USA and its branch in Bodhgaya, Dharma Lotus Meditation Center Trust went to Thakani -8 VDC at Sindhupalchowk. The Thakani village in Sindhupalchowk is gracefully perched on the plain of the steep mountain accessible only through hours of toilsome trekking. But amazingly enough, due to the praiseworthy driving skill of Mr. Padam, the veteran relief worker himself, we reached the top where the relief program was held. Mr. Padam contributed immensely to the successful conduct of the Program. The program venue is a lower secondary school at Thakani, Sindhupalchowk where GCRFEV distributed caps, jackets, trousers, exercise copies, pencils, erasors each to 125 students studying in that school named Sri Thana Bhanjyang Lower Secondary School. There are 8 teachers teaching in that school, all of whom were offered by the GCRFEV, the notebooks and pens. There are 205 families in the village who got the same number of rice sacks, one sack for each family. They also got the same numbers of tea packets, Kgs of lentils, soaps, sugar, salt etc. Even when we entered the district of Sindhupalchowk by the four wheeler Landcruiser, we saw not a single unscathed house left there. Sindhupalchowk is a ill-fated place, where the major earthquake occured on 26th April, 2015 followed by the most number of aftershocks in that very area. So not a single home is left, all destroyed. Most of them fled to Kathmandu valley, but as the life have come back to normalcy, they have started returning to their homeland. The school where we conducted the relief program is also miserably temporary shelter made of zinch sheets. The school building which used to be there before earthquake entirely collapsed and the place is now empty land. There the students can study with tremendous hardship only upto grade seven. So far no attention from either government or any relief team has been drawn to that area before GCRFEV’s effort. So they desperately need a strong permanent school where the children can study comfortably. With the advent of winter season, the harsh cold is also unbearably increasing and those young kids have been so mercifully shivering with cold without the warm clothing. The life there is really very difficult in the aftermath of earthquake and aftershocks. On the top of that, the scarcity of fuel has aggravated the already dire situation of the inhabitants impoverished villagers of Sindhupalchowk. It is to be remembered that more than 3000 people, the highest number of people, died in Sindhupalchowk due to the earthquake. Sincere thanks must be given to Mr. Brajesh Kumar who represent Dharma Lotus Meditation Centre from Bodhgaya, India who equally contributed a lot to the success of this relief program by GCRFEV.
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Relief Distribution for the Earthquake Victims from the village of Mahamanjusri Nagarkot municipality
Monday, November 30, 2015
The GCRFEV distributed blankets, mats, lentil daal, sugar, salt to the Earthquake victims in the village in the Mahamanjusri Nagarkot municipality. There were 70 families from that village who received the relief materials. Most of the families had their houses completely damaged by April 25th Earthquake and many aftershocks following it. Now for the temporary shelter, they made the makeshift homes of Zinc sheets. But they were living under them somehow satisfactorily in the summer season, but as the winter season approaches, they are now feeling extremely cold under them and specially in the night, the cold is so much intense that they really shiver. So what they need utmost now are blankets and warm mat sheets. The GCRFEV provided all of these necessary items to them with the help of Rajya Laxmi Guruma and our GCRFEV team member Mr. Kishor Bhai Bajracharya. Mahamanjusri sthan is a very holy pilgrimage place dedicated to Manjusri Bodhisattva. According to Svayambhu Purana, Bodhisattva Manjusri came from Five Peak Mountain in China to the Kathmandu Valley which was a big lake at that time. In order to measure the depth of the lake so that he could drain the water, he made his way with his wives to this place. So ever since this place has become famous as Mahamanjusri sthan. Another episode: In the 11th century, Tibet’s Great Buddhist Yogi Jetsun Milarepa also came to this place for his retreat from Tibet. When he arrived here, the King of Bhaktapur had a dream in which he saw Bodhisattva Arya Tara asking him to welcome the great accomplished Yogi Milarepa. Next day he welcomed him. And Milarepa meditated on the Mahamanjusri sthan in the cave which was unfortunately no more in the place. When I was young, I went to that place and really saw Milarepa’s statue in the upper story of the two storied hut and the real cave with the imprint of deer foot nearby. But I was very sad to know that the cave was destroyed or something happened to it so that it is now no more. Because the local people have now forgot the identity and real history of that place, it was nearly being converted to Hindu shrine of Saraswati since the Newari name for Manjusri is Sasuma dya which is corrupt of Sah syuma dya (The Deity of Wisdom i.e. Bodhisattva Manjusri). It was misinterpreted as Saraswati and people began to call this place Saraswati sthan and the Manjusri Bodhisattva is also taken as Saraswati. But thanks to the indefatigable effort of Rajya Laxmi Guruma who lives near the Manjusri shrine, the real identity of the place is now being restored. She is able to retain the original value and historical sanctity of the place as being the sacred place of Manjusri and the Great Tibetan Buddhist Yogi Jetsun Milarepa. The GCRFEV really appreciates the Ven. Nun’s deligent and painstaking effort for this.
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Relief Distribution of Earthquake Victims of Pinchhe, Lalitpur
Sunday, November 8, 2015
The GCRFEV distributed sacks of rice to the earthquake victims of Pinchhe which was severely hit by the earthquakes of April 25, 2015 and many huge and minor aftershocks following it. They are four family. All of them are staying in rent under huge financial crises. There are only children in one of the families whose parents have recently died rendering them orphans. They really have such a huge threat of financial crisis that sometimes, they are finding it difficult even to make their both ends meet. On the top of that, the excruciating fuel problem of Nepal has aggravated their financial difficulties all the more. Even the rich are facing a huge problem in Nepal, what to speak of those earthquake victims who have no house and have to rent another persons’ houses because their houses have either already collapsed or become damaged to such degree that they are declared unusable. Following are some pictures of house in Pinchhe where two of the abovementioned families used to live in but not now seriously damaged so much so that they were unusable and the families were forced to be evacuated.
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