Sir Michael Kadoorie visits SIRC

Very very exciting day yesterday at SIRC.  Sir Michael Kadoorie, his wife, the British Ambassador to Nepal and other associates from Hong Kong paid a quick visit to SIRC via helicopter to officially declare open, Phase 2 of the SIRC facility. The Kadoorie Charitable Foundation originally funded the building of Phase 1 of the SIRC facility in 2008 (Mountains to Mountains from Switzerland funded the purchase of the land upon which the facility was built).  This round of funding is for Phase 2 – to extend the physiotherapy  and occupational therapy areas in SIRC, and build the first ever hdra-therapy pool in Nepal.  Sir Michael’s visit was to officially open Phase 2, and how exciting his visit was. Kadoorie Plaque We don’t think two helicopters landed in Bhainsepati ever!  So the SIRC neighbours came out in their droves to witness the spectacle, as did the SIRC staff and patients.  The Kadoorie group stayed for over an hour where Esha (SIRC Executive Director) and Prachanda (SIRC President) along with other board members gave them a full tour of the facility, meeting staff and patients along the way.  Once Phase 2 was declared open, a quick cup of tea was had, and off the group went to their next appointment. Two helicopters  

Sir Michael with Esha & other board members

Sir Michael with Esha & other board members

The official opening

The official opening

At the hydra-therapy pool

At the hydra-therapy pool

Signing theSIRC visitors book

Signing the SIRC visitors book

Before flying out

Before flying out

A tremendous day for SIRC! Info on Sir Michael Kadoorie and Kadoorie Charitable Foundation and Article on Sir Michael Kadoorie

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation www.bomkarlsson.com and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in the north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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