PUSHPA KAMAL DAHAL, aka "Prachanda": "the Fighter",
has once again been prime minister of Nepal for four months. Rather
surprisingly, he is not paying much to China, but India instead. The
only success that he can be accredited with is that he has thus calmed
down and negotiated with the Madhesis, who have been rebelling at the
Southern boarder to India. Last October, he mandated a national holiday
on the occasion of the Indian president PRANAB MUKHERJE, so that the
streets of the capital could be vacant for the honoured guest. Nepal
already boasts more national holidays than it does workdays and many
protested in the streets. However, most agreed that, once again it was
quite nice to stay at home.
The biggest annual scandal of the Himalaya-state should be mentioned
here, because it is symbolic of the circumstances that are ruling the
nation: In the spring the press disclosed that hundreds of doctors throughout
the country had been practicing without the necessary licenses or even
graduate degrees. The private doctor of the previous prime minister
Sushil Koirala, who died from cancer last February was even amongst
these charlatans. Thirty-six wrongful doctors were arrested in Kathmandu.
Everyone in Nepal knows, that the jails are overcrowded in the capital
and that the convicted do not remain in detainment for long. The media
moved on to different subjects rather quickly, but the patients continue
to be unsettled. Private clinics are emerging in Kathmandu like mushrooms
grow from the ground, and doctors are truly hard to come across, because
most of them prefer to earn decent money abroad.
Even though the quality of life in Nepal is by far not to be compared
to our European standard- costs of survival are nearly as high as ours.
It is becoming more and more difficult for Kinderhilfe Nepal to provide
support, especially when it comes to the medical care for children.
One children, that was on the boarder of life and death due to blood
poisoning, could only be saved by us after we paid € 3,500 for
its treatment. Many children that are stationed in the ICU of the paediatric
clinic die, because their parents cannot afford the expensive medication
that would be necessary to save them. The catastrophic hygiene in the
hospitals does not exactly support the recovery process of the patients.
In the ICU of the well-known Kathmandu "Patan Hospital", the
nurses enjoy their meals close to the beds of their unconscious patients.
For cost concerns, many people are hesitant to go to the hospital in
time for the treatment to be effective. Thus, many arrive too late or
them to be healed. If a person is diagnosed with cancer, the entire
family is sorrow-stricken. Those, who managed to own a house, then sell
these in order to be able to afford the expensive therapies. And because
they see the doctor too late in their disease, they oftentimes do not
only lose their beloved person, but also everything they own.
In the last few years, "Kinderhilfe Nepal" was able to finance
many eye-, kidney- and heart surgeries as well as orthopaedic intervention
for young patients. Today, this proves to be very difficult, which is
why we have introduced preventative efforts more then ever. We thoroughly
examine children regularly and even offer their mothers physiotherapeutic
sessions. TENZING and SMITA from the former "Children's World"
have returned from India with a masters degree in physiotherapy in paediatrics
and neurobiology. They now support our efforts voluntarily every Saturday.
We provide the children of the slums with disinfectants, medication
for worms and plasters for the accommodation of small wounds that oftentimes
cause larger infections. Our vitamin and mineral right milk pudding
is available on a daily basis. However, the constant price increases
have also forced us to no longer provide children up to the age of 15
with this and solely children up to the age of 10 instead.
In the village of MUDHKU, twenty families are enjoying their lives in
the new earthquake safe houses. Even there, the parents will only be
able to feed their children with corn mush or rice and a little bit
of lentil soup as soon as fall approaches, because the gardens and fields
will be empty by then. For this reason, we have provided the children
of Mudhku with multivitamin supplements to get them through the winter.
In October, the 20 houses that we built after the earthquake were successfully
taken over by a freelancing architect. These families are aware that
they were very lucky that fate sent us to them, because most of the
survivors of the earthquake will spend another winter under plastic
canvasses and corrugated metal. The media rarely reports about the reconstruction
of the country anymore. The students of Mudhku are still being taught
in the temporary school that we built for them. Another tragic consequence
of the earthquake is the condition of the worsening streets of Nepal.
No day goes by on which the media does not report about the horrific,
lethal accidents on overcrowded busses.
On the occasion of the Dasain Festival in October, most of the residents
of Kathmandu take an annual trip to their birthplace. This year, many
stayed home out of fear to end up dead in a canyon of the Himalayas.
Following our work, the slum of BANSHIGAT is the most advanced of its
kind. Nevertheless, the children are fed equally as bad there as the
children in the THAPATALI slum, where they live under plastic canvasses.
Most of the children from these slum communities have remained relatively
healthy upon the consumption of our nutritious milk pudding as well
as the frequent medical check ups we have been undertaking.
"Our" MAUTE Nomads offer their children better food, even
though they are much poorer than the people in the other two slums.
They live without worries and are unattached, but when they earn money
by working or begging, they do not just waste it on alcohol or cigarettes.
They also buy meat and vegetables. However, they never go to the doctor's
and if they do, it is when the situation of a child is merely hopeless.
SUSHMA and MUNA spend a lot of time with them to enlighten them and
in order to teach their children how to maintain at least a minimum
of hygiene. We have decided to focus on a community of about thirty
families from now on. We have clarified that we will provide them with
permanent support if they accept our suggestions. We have received a
mobile phone number from them and will stay in touch with them after
they move to warmer regions for the long winter.
The MAUTE are either Hindu or Muslim. By living the nomad lifestyle,
they avoid the influence of the countless Christian cults that pay the
poor in Kathmandu for turning Christian. Saturday is the official holiday
in Nepal. The slums are empty on those days, because the people spend
their whole day in the "church". They worship, get financial
support and free food.
In line with its financial contingencies, Kinderhilfe Nepal does its
best to fulfil its duty to improve the living standards of the Nepalese
children, that it oversees. Our employees in Kathmandu do not forget
that you are the ones who make this assistance possible. Together with
them, we thank you dearly for your loyalty and wish you a Merry Christmas
and a healthy and happy new year of 2017!
My name is Tenzing Norbu Lama, l was born in Nepal's most remote district
called Dolpa. My parents were very poor farmers and we lived from our
products. My father had to ride by horse during 6 days to the n next
bigger village and was exchanging the goods of our farm against oil,
salt and rice. We did not know what money was. l was the eldest child
and l had to take care of my sister and my brother, to cook and to help
on the fields. There was no doctor and no school in our place, and we
depended for health and education on the Buddhist monastery. The monks
were guiding us and healing our sick with traditional medicines and
prayers, When l had time, l went to learn reading and writing from them.
As l was ten years old, my father died suddenly as he came back from
one of his trips by horse. One year later my mother died of tuberculosis.
My uncle and my aunt could not feed 3 orphans and they gave me to a
traveling salesman to bring me to Kathmandu to work äs a servant
in his house against food and a place to sleep. We walked 9 days to
the next bus Station to take a bus to Kathmandu. I worked for this man
like a slave doing all the hard works for the family from 5 in the morning
to midnight l also studied at night with old books. One day l heard
that there was a new law in Nepal prohibiting child labour and l told
my master that l would go and complain if he refused to send me to school.
He had no choice and allowed me to go to school from 6 to 10 in the
morning. l could join a higher class because l had studied alone before.
l became the greatest Chance of my Life as one of my teachers, who was
impressed by my will to learn, brought me to Children's World run by
Then I could stop working and l got good food, enough time to sleep
and to study seriously, l also got love and guidance and l could pass
my college's examination with very good marks. At that time I met my
wife Smita. She was an orphan and had been educated by SOS Kinderdorf.
She was a brillant Student but SOS Kinderdorf could not pay for further
We both got the great opportunity to be sent by Kinderhilfe Nepal to
Bangalore in India to achieve a Bachelor in Physiotherapy, which was
not possible in Nepal. We studied very, very hard and six years later
we could get a Master. Smita has now a Master in Physiotherapy specialized
in Pediatrics and is now Professor at the Kathmandu University while
l got a Master in Neurology. We just came back to Nepal at the time
of the big earth-quake, and l went to the badly affected regions to
work for Handicap International and for the Norwegian Red Cross during
six months. Only very few people in Nepal have a Master in Physiotherapy.
and l could become Partner in a clinic together with a cardiologist
surgeon and an orthopedist, Compared to other educated people. Smita
and l are earning quite good and we really love our work l am conscious
that came from the middle age into the 21st Century within 30 years,
and YOU are the ones who made this possible. My sister and my brother
are still living in Dolpa, and l help them as much as possible. Smita
and l will never forget what you have given to us. Never without your
support we still would be poor people just surviving in poverty. We
are glad to get today the chance to say a big Thank You to all of you.
You will always be in our heart and our mind.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas as well as good Health and Happiness