Bordered by the great Himalayan mountain range to the north, nestling between India and China, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its people suffer high rates of sickness and deaths. The death rate for children under 1 year old is 150 per 1,000, compared to the same figure in the UK which is less than 10. Main diseases are diarrhoea, goiter, intestinal parasites due to the lack of clean drinking water in many areas, leprosy and tuberculosis. There are high rates of child malnutrition and infant mortality rates. The average life expectancy is 59 (it is 80.54 in the UK). About half the population eats less than 30% of the recommended calorie intake. Burns are also a major problem and cause of death and disfigurement as very few families have access to electricity and use open fires for cooking and heating.
In 2015 the country was hit by two major earthquakes which killed over 8,000 people and left whole areas devastated. Many people are still having to sleep outside as their houses were damaged or destroyed. And the monsoon as started.
In spite of the difficulties, people are battling on. We are a Liverpool-based charity which works with the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu, the only dedicated children’s hospital in the whole country. We help them with training and development of medical and nursing staff and the supply of medical equipment. We also pay for the running and staffing of a clinic in the village of Jaganarthpur in the south of the country where there are no other nearby medical facilities.
We hold fund-raising events such as sponsored walks, quiz nights, bring and buy sales and others. If you would like to join in any of our events, or volunteer to help raise money yourself, we would love to hear from you.