PLEASE DONATE TODAY
(clicking the word DONATE above brings you to SIRC’s fundraising page)
My friends and colleagues at Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) need your urgent help.
Located in Bhainsepati about 1.5 hours outside of Kathmandu, as the name suggests SIRC has been providing specialized care to spinal cord injured (SCI) patients in Nepal for over 13 years.
In the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, SIRC has been designated as the primary facility for care of all SCI patients in the Kathmandu Valley & beyond. They are working closely with Medecins Sans Frontieres and Handicap International on the ground.
Over the past 5 days, they have admitted close to 75 additional patients which has required a doubling of bed numbers from 52 to 115. A further expansion may be required as we are hearing reports of a further 400 SCI patients that have been identified.
Your donations will be used to buy desperately needed items such as antibiotics, painkillers, as well as beds, mattresses, blankets, food and much much more. The attached list is what will be the first of many lists of items needed. Immediate Requirement for SIRC. Every cent you donate will be put to good use. Everything will be bought locally, supporting the local economy when it needs our support the most.
Share this link with anyone you know who is willing to donate to this important work. http://handicap-international.ca/en/collecte/from-vancouver-to-katmandou
As many of you know, I worked with Esha Thapa and the SIRC team for five months last year. I saw first-hand the good work being done there in a well-run professional facility with solid business practices. I do not make this recommendation lightly. In spite of the challenging circumstances in both their personal and professional lives, the SIRC team are proud Nepalis showing great courage and leadership. Please support them in their important work.
If you have any questions at all, just ask me. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.
The Fine Print
Handicap International – Canada is a Canadian registered charity. All donations (no matter how much) made by Canadian residents, will receive a tax receipt via email. And will be directed to SIRC specifically.
This fundraising page qualifies for the Canadian Government’s donation matching program, for all donations made on or before May 25th. We are still getting clarification from the Canadian Government on this point – whether the matching program adds money to the recipient organization of the donor’s choice (i.e. SIRC) or if it leaves its disbursement to the discretion of the Federal Government. As soon as I get this clarification, I will let you know.