Migrant workers in Nepal – read Nokh’s story…

What can happen to savings when you live in a country that does not have universal medical care

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO)  more than 520,000 labour permits were issued to Nepalis planning to work abroad in 2014. Malaysia was the number one destination country closely followed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait.

In Nepal remittances have become a major contributing factor to increasing household income as well as  the national GDP.  In 2013, remittance inflows topped US$5 billion, or 25 per cent of the national GDP. This placed Nepal third among the countries receiving the highest proportion of remittances in terms of GDP.   http://www.ilo.org/kathmandu/areasofwork/labour-migration/lang–en/index.htm

Read Nokh’s story: 

Nokh comes from a small village called Prandhara in Dang in the west of Nepal. In Nepal people in rural areas rarely buy land – they inherit it and it is passed down from generation to generation. Nokh had land but was a subsistence farmer. He decided to work overseas to try to lift his family out of poverty, and by working as a labourer in Malaysia for twelve months every 2 – 3 years he was able to earn enough to live on, save a little and educate his children, then aged five and ten.

In 2016, Nokh fractured his left patella (kneecap). Despite multiple surgeries including the insertion of a metal rod which left him unable to bend his knee, the fracture would not heal. Eventually he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer which developed within the knee joint. He then underwent an operation called a rotationplasty – a rare surgical procedure that involves removing a tumour around the knee joint or lower leg and rotating the feet and ankle 180 degrees so the foot faces backwards. The logic of this is that the heel serves as the new knee joint and the patient’s mobility is improved. Everything is held in place with screws and plates until healing occurs. The patient attracts a lot of attention because it looks like the patient has a very short leg with the foot facing backwards.

Before the rotationplasty Nokh’s medical bills were about AU$11,500. After the rotationplasty they sat around AU$30,000. All his savings were gone. Nokh had sold his family’s land to pay for his treatment; had borrowed money from relatives; his children could no longer attend school; and the family was destitute.

In June 2017 Nokh was referred to NHEDF’s Shelter. He still had an open wound which required regular dressings, needed ongoing physiotherapy and the fitting of a prosthesis. This was only the second time such surgery had been done in Nepal and whilst Nokh’s wounds are healed the final phase of his road to rehabilitation is proving difficult as so far no one has been able to fit him with a prosthesis. No one has ever fitted a prosthesis for a patient who has undergone a rotationplasty and no one knows what to do.

In the meantime, he remains at NHEDF, whilst Samrat, NHEDF’s Director, continues to try to find help. NHEDF has funded Nishma, Nokh’s wife, to attend sewing school to learn how to make garments and another Australian organisation called We All Rotate are funding Nokh’s children’s education. If you know anyone who can fit prosthetic legs for patients like Nokh please let us know!  https://www.weallrotate.com 

Travel our journey with us by making a donation – a great way to help us is through a regular fortnightly or monthly donation – and between us, we can change the life of another family like Nokh’s who are living in poverty and have had their lives drastically changed as a result of trauma. 

Read what Kristine, Danielle and Ale did!

A huge thank you to Kristine, Ale and Danielle for making us the beneficiary of your joint 40th birthday parties! $620 was collected in lieu of birthday presents and donated to us just in time for Christmas, which we think is outstandingly generous! Your donations will be used to purchase ongoing medical and physio supplies at the Shelter. Thank you everyone who gave a gift that gives twice!

We can do gift certificates too for Christmas, birthdays, weddings or any other special event!

A gift that gives twice

To give a gift that gives twice,  make a donation and contact us to request a gift certificate. It will be in your inbox ready to print and wrap up just in time for Christmas! Your gift will be used to improve health outcomes for people at NHEDF’s Shelter.


Merry Christmas to all those wonderfully generous people who contribute to our nurse and physiotherapist sponsor programs!

Merry Christmas to all our sponsors! You great hearted people have encouraged and supported us and enabled us to fulfil our wish to serve our country’s people in need. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for providing wages for us. You have made everything possible for us and of course for our patients and without your help we could not do our work. Thank you so much for motivating, supporting and uplifting us. To all those sponsors, you all have such big hearts. The three of us are very thankful to you for your kind support to us and the NHEDF family.

We wish you a very Happy Christmas to you and your families and happy new year.

Namaste from Anjeela, Kusum and Kunga.

Read Sanumaya’s story!

Sanumaya is a seventeen year-old girl who was admitted to NHEDF in June 2017 with the most beautiful hair…… When she was a baby, her right leg was burned in a fire. As she grew, it became shorter than her left and she began to have significant problems with mobility. These problems became unsurmountable, but because her family are very poor, and medical care is not free in Nepal, Sanumaya’s family could not afford to bring her to Kathmandu for treatment.

In 2017 the National Disability Fund (NDF) held a medical camp in Sanumaya’s  village and promised to fund her treatment.  She underwent orthopaedic surgery to increase her leg length and was discharged with a metal fixator and a wound infection, however her family had nowhere to stay in Kathmandu. They stayed with a relative in a rented room but had no access to nursing care for dressings or physiotherapy for rehabilitation. They went back to see the NDF who referred them to NHEDF.

Like many of NHEDF’s patients who are away from home for a long time, Sanumaya had not been home for nearly a year. Her family’s house had been destroyed in the earthquake and her family were building a new one with the US$2000 that they were given by the Government. Their new house is still far from finished but because she really wanted to go home, even if it was just for a short time, Samrat planned a visit for her.

Sadly, a day before they were due to leave, Sanumaya had some bad news. Her older sister had had a heart attack and had passed away. Samrat took her home so she could both visit her friends and family and say goodbye to her sister. It was heart-wrenching moment for everyone there.

 Sanumaya was finally discharged from NHEDF in May 2018. Whilst she did have some remaining difference in leg length this has been corrected through the use of an orthotic. She is back home and best of all, she is back at school studying in Year 10. She wants to be a nurse like her ‘sisters’ at NHEDF. We wish you good luck Sanumaya. We hope your home is finished now and we hope you achieve your dream!

How you can help

This week ,our founding Trustee, Virginia has had a very busy week attending two fundraising workshops. Keep your eye on our website, Chuffed and Facebook pages for some changes!

She has learned lots of stuff to help us do what we do even better! If there are people out there who can help us in kind, as well as, or instead of, financially, please contact us. We can give you lots of options ranging from grant writing, writing press releases, media, marketing, advertising, fundraising, much needed help with social media and so forth – the sky is the limit!

Bring Christmas to NHEDF – NHEDF’s letter to Santa

Group of patients at NHEDF saying 'Namaste'

Dear Santa,

We are very a small organization working with an Australian organisation called Roads to Rehab Nepal. Between us we work to improve health outcomes for people who have life-changing injuries and cannot access medical care because they are poor.

We are writing this letter to let you know that despite our hard work this year, things often do not go smoothly, and our work remains a challenge. It is sometimes difficult for us to meet all our financial obligations and provide everything our patients need because there are so many patients that depend on us and our funding is very stretched.

NHEDF is writing this letter in the hope that you can send some angels or elves to help! Our rent is a very big commitment so please share this letter with your elves, and ask them to share it with everyone they know because what we need does not come easily – We need our own land where we can build our dream Shelter and a magical way to fund all its ongoing costs….

Everyone at NHEDF has been very good this year and has worked so hard for those that depend on us and we are so grateful for any support. If we cannot have land and a Shelter of our own, as much support as you and your elves can organize for us would be very, very, very much appreciated and we promise to continue all our amazing hard work.

If you or your elves would like to make a donation please do this via our website http://www.roads-to-rehab-nepal.org

Thank you, Santa!

With best regards,




Stuck for Christmas presents? We can help!

Stuck for presents with only 18 more sleeps until Christmas! Give a gift that gives twice! In return for a donation we can make you a beautiful gift certificate to wrap up for that person who needs or wants nothing, but you still want to give them something!

Your gift will not end up in a drawer somewhere, but will be used to improve health outcomes for people at NHEDF’s Shelter. Make a donation and don’t forget to send us the person’s name and we will have your certificate in your inbox ready for you to wrap in plenty of time for Christmas!

Don’t do Christmas? We can also do birthday presents, wedding presents  or presents for any other excuse you can think of!