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 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. 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 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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