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Life-changing surgeries for poor and disabled children in Nepal.

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2013
American Himalayan Foundation
http://www.himalayan-foundation.org/
Norbu Tenzing
415-288-7245
norbu@himalayan-foundation.org
909 Montgomery St, Suite 400
San Francisco
CA
94133
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The grant will be used to provide 55 life-changing surgeries for physically disabled children in Nepal.
Benefits
Disability in Nepal can be a double burden for families already struggling in poverty – one more mouth to feed and one less able body to earn. By providing surgery for poor children with disabilities it allows them to be healthy, happy and productive members of their families and community. This helps alleviate both tremendous individual suffering as well as overall poverty.
Proposal Description
The grant will be used to provide 55 surgeries at the Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) in Nepal. HRDC is the only children’s orthopedic hospital in Nepal and without it thousands of poor children with physical disabilities would suffer: Nepal is a country with many mountains and few roads, and most people still live in villages and farm the land. A non-mobile child cannot walk to school, work productively for the family and likely not receive the care they need to become functional adults. HRDC’s surgical staff is trained at an international level and delivers expert orthopedic care for children. The grant would be used to pay directly for child surgery and associated medical expenses (lab work, prosthesis, etc.) and would not be used for any administrative or executive costs. In addition to changing the lives of their individual patients, HRDC is also changing how the disabled are seen in their communities by giving them second chances at life. Attached report sent Aug 2013 to Patricia Dougherty.