Livability International comes through once again

The following is a post from SIRC that I thought worthwhile to reproduce here:

Stephen Muldoon of Livability International, seen here at the entrance to SIRC, surrounded by patients with Esha standing on the far left.

Stephen Muldoon of Livability International, seen here at the entrance to SIRC, surrounded by beneficiaries of the generous donation, along with Esha standing on the far left.  Photo credit SIRC

“A huge thank-you to Livability International for the generous donation of 1,838,392.68 NPR (£11,318.30 GBP). This financial support will enable us to continue to provide quality treatment and rehabilitation to the survivors of the earthquakes.

We really value the strong partnership between SIRC and Livability’s International team, which has spanned over the past 14 years and which, as a result, has directly led to the evolution of SIRC as Nepal’s first purpose build SPINAL INJURY REHABILITATION CENTRE.

After the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015 and all the aftershocks that followed SIRC took the strategic decision to deploy its staff to acute hospitals for early identification and referral of SCI survivors; and to upgrade our capacity to 200 beds to meet the needs of the newly injured. We are grateful to the Livability International team for their constant inputs, advice, mentorship and guidance during this period.

On behalf of staff and patients at SIRC we sincerely thank Livability International for your continued capacity building and financial support to SIRC as we strive towards our mission to strengthen the quality and coverage of services across the country, thereby helping ensure that many more disabled people have access to the essential services they need, in the places where they live. Together we will Build Back Better.”

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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