Raise a Roof
Organized by: Sonya Ostashevskaya-Gohstand
Four years ago I lived in Nepal for 6 months and completely fell in love with the country, the people and the culture. I decided to return and offer physiotherapy services to Khagendra New Life Center in Kathmandu. Having previously volunteered in two separate Nepalese organizations I was very aware of the lack of resources, staff and expertise available in Nepal. Khagendra taught me more then I could have envisioned about the Nepali culture and healthcare system. Nepali culture tends to believe that those who have disabilities are being punished by the Gods for their wrong-doings in a previous life; this is especially true in rural areas. Those with disabilities are therefore shunned from society. The government does not provide basic aid such as healthcare or rehabilitation programs. The sad fact is that as a result, those who cannot afford treatment are left to die. It is therefore important to maintain outside support from developed countries where there is an existing standard of treatment.
Khagendra New Life Center is a program of the Nepal Disabled Association (NDA) established in 1969 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The center provides short and long-term management and care for children and adults with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, amputations, multiple arthritis, stroke, congenital disorders and many others. Khagendra is the only organization of its kind in Nepal.
The residents of Khagendra have rudimentary wheel chair accessible facilities, daily physiotherapy, nursing care and hot meals. Although the center is in need of many things, the utmost priority is to replace the roof which leaks heavily causing disruption to respite care and deterioration of equipment.
Individual fundraisers all over the world including in Sweden, the UK, Canada, Australia and the US have all reached out to raise $30,000 for a new roof! Please help raise $2,000 to support Khagendra so it can go on providing valued care for its residents!
Please check out Khagendra's website here http://www.khagendranewlife.com.
You can also view videos of interviews with patients here!