Helping the children of Nepal
So They Child May Live is involved in helping the children of Nepal with medical treatment...Find out more...
SO THE CHILD MAY LIVE
The child - the precious seed of the future - the object of all our affections, is the hope of tomorrow. For it is the child that will carry our aspirations forward, that will dream and will transform the dreams into a meaningful reality for all the world to enjoy. Thus it is to the child our efforts are singularly dedicated. Where disease lurks and the child is endangered, the full might of our concern will be to uphold life more than any other. Hope is the message that we give, cure and prevention our weapons. For the child’s sake and to the child alone we dedicate ourselves.
This statement greeted patients and their families as they arrived at the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is the only children’s hospital in the entire country and parents often have to walk for days, carrying their sick or injured child, to get treatment.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and sickness and mortality rates are very high. The death rate for children under 1 year old is said to be about 150 per 1,000 - the same figure in Britain is less than 10.
The Kanti receives very little government funding. The rest of the money has to be raised, largely through the constant and selfless fundraising of volunteers who run fund raising events, collect medicines and toys for the children and run regular blood donor sessions.
The hospital is desperately short of nurses, which means that parents have to stay in hospital with their children to look after them. There is a huge shortage of equipment and training for the doctors and nurses.
There is no money to feed patients, so families bring food in for them. However, in some cases, families live too far away and the hospital has to provide some food from money raised by volunteers. Medicines also have to be paid for by the patients, or from money raised. While a few beds are paid for, most of the families are too poor, but it is the Kanti’s proud boast that they have never turned away a child in need.
So the Child May Live, a charity based in Liverpool, UK, raises money to assist the Kanti Children’s Hospital with training and development, and also provide much-needed specialist medical equipment. We also built and fund a clinic in the village of Jaganarthpur, in the south of the country, where there are no other near-by medical facilities.
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