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Kamala and her husband were working in India when Kamala fell from a roof on a building site. She didn’t receive any compensation from the construction company, so the couple had to sell their home to pay the hospital bills and bring her back to Nepal. Kamala came to us last November and is being cared for by her elder sister. Her husband and children are living with her parents. For Kamala, leaving hospital with a wheelchair would mean being able to find work to support her family.
Suman has cerebral palsy. He cannot sit or feed himself – he is fully dependent on his mother for all his activities. His mother used to carry him to school until he become too heavy. With a wheelchair, his mother could take him to school again and better support him in his daily life at home.
Hari has muscular dystrophy and is living alone since the death of his wife. His elderly mother is not able to care for him and his sixteen year old son has a very negative attitude towards his father’s disability. Hari’s wheelchair is essential for him to do things like going to the toilet, preparing and eating meals or moving around the house. His wheelchair is very old and Hari desperately needs a replacement so that he can continue to live independently once he has finished his treatment.
Indira has been living with her injury for 11 years. She received treatment at Green Pastures in the past and gained limited mobility by learning to use a walking aid. Indira recently returned to the hospital with an ulcer on her leg - a result of being bedridden for most of the time. A wheelchair would allow Indira to get more involved in looking after her two children, for instance by preparing meals or doing the laundry. It would also reduce her risk of developing new pressure sores.
Buddhi was mistaken for someone else, hit over the head and pushed from a great height. He has been receiving treatment at Green Pastures for four months. Buddhi has four children and worries about their education. He hopes to open a small grocery shop when he leaves hospital, so that he can provide for his family and give his children a good education.
Maya injured her spine after falling from a height onto a tarmacked road. She has spent several months at Green Pastures and hopes to soon go home to her sons (her husband works abroad), being able to go to the toilet by herself and do some household chores. Without a wheelchair, Maya would be bedridden and fully dependent on her young children.
Can you help one of these patients?
could pay for a professional to fit the chair to each individual's needs.
could pay for a patient to attend a disability camp to have their needs assessed and get fitted with a wheelchair
could buy a wheelchair and have it deliverd it to one of INF’s Shining Hospitals
Transforming lives through mobility
Many patients could see the quality of their life dramatically improved if they could leave hospital with their own wheelchair. It would give them mobility, independence, and better opportunities to take part in family life, go to school or find work.
Suresh came to Green Pastures Hospital ten years ago. As a young boy he had fallen from a tree. He stayed at the hospital for treatment and physical rehabilitation, and was fitted with a wheelchair. As staff got to know Suresh they realised that he was a very bright boy, so INF supported his parents with his education.
Suresh is a great example of willpower and didn’t let his injury stop him from doing the things that he enjoys. He is an active member of a wheelchair basketball team, works part-time in an office, and is studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies.
Your gift will help more people like Suresh to have the mobility and independence to pursue their goals.
Please help us buy more wheelchairs for Nepal.
Why Wheelchairs for Nepal are needed
Poverty, more than ten years of armed conflict, an increasing number of traffic accidents, and the devastating earthquake in 2015, are just some of the factors that are resulting in a high number of people living with a disability in Nepal.
Many of these people are invisible and segregated in society due to stigma, discrimination and the inaccessibility of services. It is hardest for people from rural areas or economically poor backgrounds to make use of basic services that they are entitled to, especially if they are living with severe types of disabilities. It perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment that consequently results in low living standards.
Although Nepal’s government has set up five centres to distribute assistive devices, the majority of people are being helped by charities. The Disabled Rehabilitation Society Nepal, for instance, equips more than 1,000 people with wheelchairs each year, but the number of people who are left out is huge. The problem is compounded by the fact that very few modern wheelchairs are produced in Nepal, most of them are imported.
In response to this crisis, we have partnered with a UK based wheelchair manufacturer, hoping to send 500 wheelchairs to our three Shining Hospitals - Green Pastures and the clinics in Surkhet and Banke. The average cost for a wheelchair is £253 plus £9 for fitting the chair to each individual‘s needs. It is an ambitious goal, but our dream is that every patient whose life could be improved can leave our Shining Hospitals equipped to live independently.
Can you help us provide wheelchairs for Nepal?