Update on Nepal Notebook Campaign – Funds on the Way!

Well, after all that work, back-and-forth stress, and endless paperwork, our friendly bank here in the USA didn’t approve our international bank account application.  In response, we gave them the American Salute, and opened up a different account to avoid paying exorbitant bank fees and ensure that ALL of the money donated ends up in the hands of these students.  Long story, but the moral is:

FUNDS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO NEPAL!

Volunteers Unload First Batch of Notebooks

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been over 9 months since we began this project and your generous donations started pouring in.  We’re up to $3,530 in donations, over 85% of the way to our goal.  If you have an extra buck to spare, can you donate to help 30 children in remote Nepal receive an education?  Or, can you click on the facebook button at the bottom and share this with friends to help us reach our goal? 

Thank you as always for your support and included in this post are some pictures of the notebooks that have been purchased thus far.  More updates to follow!

Back Cover of Notebooks

Hundreds of scholarship forms have been received and we will choose 30 students to receive supplies, uniforms, and a fully funded school year thanks to your donation!

As promised, if you donated $140 or more to support a student for the year, you will receive a letter and photo from your sponsored child when they receive their items. Thank you for your patience, as we finalize these international transactions.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit our Nepal Notebook Campaign site!

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Update! Nepal Notebook Campaign

Over $2700 has been raised to aid school children in Nepal, donated by our generous friends and family. Thank you! We felt it was time to update you on the progress of our OnlyABuck Project.

As of this moment, the president of Nepal Volunteers Council Keshab Acharya, is applying for a passport in order to receive the funds for the Nepali children from our bank. Due to exorbitant fees from the local bank in Nepal, we elected to open a joint account in the USA to eliminate transaction fees and make sure the students receive what you’ve donated. Keshab has accepted hundreds of scholarship forms and will choose 20 students to receive supplies, uniforms, and a fully funded school year from you!

President Acharya at his desk in Nepal

As promised, if you donated $140 or more to support a student for the year, you will receive a letter and photo from your sponsored child when they receive their items. Thank you for your patience, as we finalize these international transactions.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit our Nepal Notebook Campaign site!

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Healthcare in Nepal: Volunteering at Bageshwari Hospital in Kathmandu

Bageshwari Hospital

While Erin was teaching during the morning hours I would hop on the packed local bus everyday to shortly arrive at Bageshwari Hospital for four to seven hours of volunteering. The hospital is a two-story “L” shaped brick building on the dusty, heavily-used road leading to central Kathmandu, serving a predominantly poor community and emergencies that needed immediate attention. It contains a ward with three beds, an out-patient room, a pharmacy located street-side, an ER, and an x-ray lab. It was eerily reminiscent of the very hospital I stayed in 3.5 years ago in India but much, much (much) cleaner.To be honest, once there, I mostly chatted with the doctors, comparing and contrasting the multitude of differences between our respective healthcare systems, and having them answer my questions about physiology and diagnoses.  While I believe every healthcare system is riddled with problems, this experience strengthened my convictions that healthcare in the U.S., despite all of its alleged flaws, is in really, really good shape.  I’m proud to say, “Hey USA, we’ve got it gooooooood!” Continue reading “Healthcare in Nepal: Volunteering at Bageshwari Hospital in Kathmandu”

Volunteering with the Free Burma Rangers

While Erin was learning Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, I spent my days volunteering in the medical office of the Free Burma Rangers (and was Erin’s practice “dummy” by night…rough, I know.)  Erin’s friend Kate, an expat teacher living in Chiang Mai for the past 6 years, invited us to a BBQ during our first day in town.  There, amongst others, we met an Aussie named Mon who introduced us to her mission with the Free Burma Rangers.  My ears perked up upon hearing of the atrocities taking place on Thailand’s western border and immediately expressed interest in helping out while in town.  Two days later, after researching the situation on the internet to ensure my comfort level, I joined the team for their Monday meeting and agreed to spend 5-7 hours per day for the remainder of the week.  Day 1, with ample amounts of coffee in tow, was spent helping with bookkeeping (ah, bookkeeping, how I love thee so), while the rest of the week was spent packing medical bags, organizing supplies and creating manifests for everything which would be going “in,” a term they use to mean “Inside Burma.” There is inherent risk and things could go–and have gone– terribly wrong, with villages being attacked, burned and pillaged by the Burma Army while the FBR are there.  Continue reading “Volunteering with the Free Burma Rangers”