During her trip to Nepal in February, one of NHEDF’s patients gave Virginia a great tip! In Nepal many people look so serious when they have their photo taken. Goma suggested saying ‘dhat dhekinus’ which in Nepalese means ‘Please show your teeth’!
It was enough to make everyone smile or howl with laughter!
Thank you Goma! I will never forget your advice or your smile!
One of the ways we keep administration costs down is by sourcing donations for services. Until recently we could claim that 100% of all our fundraising and donations go directly to those people whom we are helping however earlier this year we upgraded our website to a plan that costs AUD $240 per year. This remains our only administrative cost. Our bank, St George, kindly waives foreign transactions fees and our website costs were initially donated, as are all the items Virginia brings back from Nepal to raise funds at our dinner. All our Management Committee Members volunteer their services and donate any other expenses. You can make a donation knowing that almost 100% of what you donate will go to help the patients we support….
Kusum has some happy news! She was awarded a 50% scholarship from Tribhuvan University to do her three-year Bachelor of Nursing Science and so far it is going well. In Nepal you do your three year Staff Nurse (PCL) training first, then need at least one years work experience following registration with the Nepal Nursing Council, and then you can apply for your ‘Bachelors’. It is very expensive. Even with a 50% scholarship she still has to pay US$ 4000 for tuition fees. She was so happy because for the scholarship the students have to go through an entrance exam and have to score the best marks and she did.
Kusum is still working at NHEDF whilst she is studying, and she says ‘that working with the NHEDF team has been fantastic since my first day. Due to my schedule now with study it has been a bit difficult for me with work and study but my plans are to have best experience and graduate in the nursing field with a Bachelors.’
Virginia, our founding Trustee thinks Anjeela is so brave because this is how she gets to and from work every day in the chaos that is Kathmandu traffic!