I first of all want to thank all of you oh so generous donors out there who have shown tremendous support for SIRC. Thank you so much, your donations go so very far in Nepal, and are critical. Know you are making a difference.
- BIG GIVE LIVABILITY SIRC – UK and other counties
- Handicap International – Canada online donation page
Please pass these links along to your friends and professional networks, every little bit helps!
We are also working on applying for block funding from a number of aid agencies. As soon as we get some news (positive I hope!), you’ll be the first to know.
The following shows a map of Nepal and Mandira showing the total # of patients SIRC has provided rehabilitation to since SIRC first opened it’s doors in April 2002. Double click on the photo to make it bigger.
The epicentre of the earthquake was in the eastern parts of the Western Region (Langtang, Gorkha) and western parts of Central region (Dhading). Many of you have seen the damage in Kathmandu (to the right of Dhading) so can you imagine the damage in the rural communities of the districts caught in the epicentre?
As aid is slowly reaching these hard-to-reach areas, the numbers of deaths & casualties increases – it’s not over yet. The challenge will be to plan for an increase in SCI patients from these areas, without really knowing very much about the situation on the ground.
BTW – Look to the left of Kathmandu to a place called Kabhre (aka Kavre) – this is the location of the SIRC facility.
I am told the aftershocks are still frequent and significant. Eight in total yesterday where the strongest one felt like ‘about a 4’. Life does not even stop for the “little” aftershocks.
And some photos of SIRC today. Photo credit Shanta Dixit.
FYI the box on the left of the above photo is an air mattress – critical to prevent pressure sores in SCI patients. Pressure sores lead to infection and can lead to death. A simple air mattress helps to avoid this.
Kanak is co-founder of SIRC along with his wife Shanta. Both Kanak & Shanta not only provide practical assistance in the operation of SIRC, but also provide much needed moral support and levity to the stretched SIRC team.
Shanta is the Director of a private school in Kathmandu – Rato Bangela School. Shanta and the Principal Milan have mobilized the kids to volunteer and help out where they can. The school has two projects: Fill the Bucket and Folding Gauze for hospitals. Check out their webpage here. Kudos to these kids who are making a difference.
Shyam is SIRC’s accountant but it is all hands on deck these days. The RBS school bus was used to deliver the many many boxes.