(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.

Please donate today.

Share this link with anyone you know who is willing to donate to this important work.

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.
Related Links
  • UK-based donors who are reading this, please donate on SIRC’s Big Gives fundraising page.
  • Spinal Injury Rehabilitation  Centre’s website
  • SpiNepal’s blog
  • Livability International’s website

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 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 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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