The latest from SCI Hostel, Jorpati

Thanks to Keshav who keeps me up to date on all the goings on at the SCI Hostel these days.  When I look at how busy the kids are, not only at school but also with sports and outings, I am thankful this little island off the west coast of Canada, can make such a difference to these young lives.

Take a look for yourselves ….

For any of you who have visited Nepal, you will know the roads are dreadful.  For the past few years the government have been laying water pipes throughout the city, causing havoc for pedestrians and traffic alike.  Just when that work finished, they dug up the road again to enhance the storm sewers, it’s a never ending sea of mud!

This is the road outside the SCI hostel – dreadful!!

With a large population of wheelchair users living in the Jorpati area, they organized a protest rally.   It seemed to work as the road crews were out a few days later trying to improve the small road outside the SCI Hostel.

After the rally, the group was invited to the Prime Minister’s residence for a meeting, who then referred the group to the Finance Minister.  The hope is in addition to the roads, a Npr 5,000 / CAD $60 monthly payment is paid to all those with disabilities to help cover food, shelter and medical expenses.  Future meetings with the Minister of Social Welfare and Minister of Health is also planned … this will be a very long process.  But it’s great to see such activism!!

New wheelchair donation for Sumit from National Disabled Fund and Bharat Bahadur Karki

 

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 the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation www.bomkarlsson.com and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. 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 the 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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