£500 for Nepal grows to £35,000

£35,000 Nepal medical project benefits from Rotary International Foundation Grant

With contributions coming from many other Rotary Clubs, Avalon provided the initial £500 for a project promoted by the Nepal Trust for the provision of a fully equipped birthing centre and the recruitment and training of auxiliary nurse midwives and community medical assistants in Sarkegad in the Humla district of north-west Nepal. £17,500 came from a grant from Rotary International's Foundation Charity to match the equal amount raised by the participating Rotary Clubs in south west England to provide the required £35,000. (Figures are approximate since the transactions were in US dollars.) This fund has been administered by the Rotary Club of Kathmandu.

The new facility represents a significant advance in medical services in an area that is remote from those areas familiar to most visitors to Nepal. A slight underspend on the project has enabled the Nepal Trust to additionally finance their 'Little Doctors' programme in Sakegad through which young people are trained to apply basic medical care in remote villages.