Read about Samrat’s challenges

NHEDF’s Director, Samrat, continues to do an amazing job. He did confess that “Sometimes a patient really touches you and I felt it was my responsibility to complete their treatment even though it cost $1500. It brought a huge burden to me, but the change in this patient’s life and smile in his face when he saw me after his treatment was worth it, and this brought tears into my eyes. I can see and feel the confidence and happiness he gained through his eyes. I will never forget that moment in my life and internally this makes me feel like this is the reason why I was born in this world.

The last three months, as well as looking after all our patients, we have been organising prosthetic limbs for three of our patients and welcomed two visitors from Australia, one of whom bought ten kg of hand-made woollen hats given to Roads to Rehab Nepal. Thank you, Mission Sewing Group! These have gone to a local shop called ‘Babies Day Out’ who are selling them to raise money for us.

In August I was also honoured to participate and be a part of the first National Review and Planning Workshop on Disability. I am really blessed to have Roads to Rehab Nepal as a partner organization. Thank you to everyone who supports us in so many ways. We could not do it without so many good people who surround us.

Read about NHEDF’s physio’s role!

Anjeela is NHEDF’s physio and started work at NHEDF in September, 2015.

Her job is multi-dimensional. She works with patients to improve their balance and gait. She fits slings and splints, measures for prostheses and provides advice on mobility. She provides education to patients and carers so that physio techniques and exercises can be performed after discharge and she helps with discharge planning. She develops individualised exercise programs for her patients to recover their mobility, maximise their independence and prevent stiffness and contractures. As you can imagine Anjeela is very busy!

Anjeela thinks she has a hard job and much to the hilarity of the nurses, she “thinks that nursing would be easier”! She loves everything about her job. She is currently working flexible hours but there is a long-term plan for her to set up a physio treatment room at the Shelter, so that she can also “treat patients from the surrounding region where there is a great need”. NHEDF currently has one patient who is coming for physio as an out-patient but they are hoping that this service will increase. Anjeela explained that “a physiotherapy consultation in Nepal costs the equivalent of AU$7.50 which is out of reach for the majority of Nepalese people. Even within the hospitals there are no free physiotherapy services and patients have to pay. Many people go without the physiotherapy they need to restore function because they cannot afford it, and this leads to huge increases in disability in Nepal”.

A huge thank you to Anjeela’s sponsors for enabling NHEDF to employ her!

Read about how NHEDF’s nurses feel about work!

NHEDF’s two permanent nurses do a wonderful job. Thanks to the generosity of our nurse sponsors they have a contract at NHEDF and Kunga feels that being able to ‘serve and work at NHEDF is a golden chance’ for her. It has given her the opportunity to work hard and challenge herself because ‘every situation is different, and every patient is so different’. In addition to this, she reported that working within NHEDF ‘is like being within a family and supporting each other. She feels very ‘blessed and thankful to be part of NHEDF’.

Likewise, Kusum says “I am working very hard at NHEDF. Nursing is a hard and difficult job, but I love my work because the staff and patients and relatives are very cooperative. Everyone has become our friends and it is very nice working in this environment. It makes me happy. You really get to know the patients as they are there for so long, and they become like your family. At NHEDF we have very good relationships with the other staff and patients because we spend so much time together. I love my job and I love being at NHEDF”.

Why Nepal needs NHEDF by Karna Bahadur Dangi

According to me, NHEDF is a human oriented organization working for the welfare of the people in need at all times. In an underdeveloped country like ours, I’ve seen a lot of organization promising to provide services to people and working for the betterment of the society but if you look closely you’ll realize that they are not fully working for the cause but NEDEF is different.

There are people from all socio-economic backgrounds in Nepal, but NHEDF focuses on providing services to people with poor economic background. I’ve seen situations where people had to sell all the property that they once owned for their own or their loved ones medical treatment. On top of the expensive medical treatments there are other expenses to be taken care of like the food and accommodation expenses. NHEDF on the other hand has been supporting such people with food, accommodation and medical facilities for more than 3 years. This organization has been helping the poor people from underdeveloped places of Nepal ever since.

I myself am an earthquake victim and for me to pay for my treatment along with the food and accommodation charges in Kathmandu would be impossible. But, NHEDF it taking care of all my expenses since 26 months due to which I don’t have any credit till date.

I hope that NHEDF will keep up with their good work and support those who cannot afford good treatment and go for their follow ups from time to time. Please support the work of this organisation. Thank you.

Read Parbati’s story…

Parbati comes from a very poor family. She has two older sisters and is being cared for at NHEDF by her father. At the end of last year she was herding the family goats and was caught in a landslide, hit by a tree and swept into a river. She was pulled out by villagers and had multiple fractures to both her legs. Her family was unable to afford medical treatment for her, however people from her village helped financially and she was sent to Kathmandu where she had surgery and external fixators applied. She needs nursing care for wound management of the external fixators as well as regular physiotherapy to decrease muscle wasting and after the Dashein festival she will be having bone grafts. She has been at NHEDF for so long she has become like a sister to the nurses. Good luck Parbati – we hope you will be better soon! Happy Dashain!

 

Patient stories – imagine where Parbati would be without the support of her community

Parbati comes from a very poor family. She has two older sisters and is being cared for at NHEDF by her father. At the end of last year she was herding the family goats and was caught in a landslide, hit by a tree and swept into a river. She was pulled out by villagers and had multiple fractures to both her legs. Her family was unable to afford medical treatment for her, however people from her village helped financially and she was sent to Kathmandu where she had surgery and external fixators applied. She needs nursing care for wound management of the external fixators as well as regular physiotherapy to decrease muscle wasting and after the Dashein festival she will be having bone grafts. She has been at NHEDF for so long she has become like a sister to the nurses. Good luck Parbati – we hope you will be better soon!

 

We welcome all kinds of support not just financial – guess what NHEDF is getting soon….

 

We welcome all sorts of support not just financial! A huge thank you to the Mission Sewing Group for donating hundreds of woollen beanies featured on the head of this gorgeous model! The first 10kg bag will make their way to Nepal tonight and the remainder next month. Mission Sewing Group made us heaps earlier in the year and our Trustee, Virginia, took them over with her in March. Samrat, NHEDF’s Director gave each patient one, then the remainder went to a local shop who sold them on NHEDF’s behalf and raised $250 and some also went to an ex-patient to help her start a small business. The same will happen this time – Samrat will distribute them according to need. Thank you so much Mission Sewing Group – your generosity is much appreciated and kept many heads nice and warm!

Patient stories – read Karna’s story

 

NHEDF has a young man called Karna who has been either in hospital or at NHEDF since the earthquake. That is now 29 months! When the earthquake happened he ran out of the building he was in, but a wall collapsed on him and he sustained a badly broken leg. He has endured thirteen surgeries now as each fixator has been removed and then replaced and we hope his surgeries are all over. We thought he would be going home soon ,but he developed an infection in the bone…. Please get well soon Karna.

 

Look who was in Kathmandu

Val spent a wonderful few hours at NHEDF and they enjoyed hosting her so much. Samrat said “We had a great time with Val yesterday. She spent few hours in our shelter she is very much impressed with our work”  We knew she would be as is everyone who goes to visit and with good reason!