The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Orthopedic surgeries for poor disabled children in Nepal

Grant Information
Categories Healthcare
Location International
Cycle Year 2012
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) American Himalayan Foundation
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Norbu Tenzing
Phone 415-288-7252
909 Montgomery St, Suite 400
San Francisco
Additional Information
Used for A grant of $10,000 from the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation will provide life changing surgeries for 66 poor and disabled children in Nepal. These surgeries will give children the mobility they need to attend school, which in villages is often several hours walking each way. It also removes the stigma attached to disability because of centuries old cultual taboos.
Benefits Each surgery is life trasnforming and often these children have never been cared for so lovingly. Mobility in a mountainous and rural country like Nepal can be the difference between life and death. Children who have been treated successfully have in later years given back to their community by becoming teachers, nurses and social workers.
Proposal Description The American Himalayan Foundation partners with local organizations in the Himalaya that help people who have no one else to turn to. For 24 years the foundation has partnered with Dr. Ashok Banskota's Hospital and Rehabitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) in Nepal. Last November Dr. Banskota received the World of Children award in New York in recognition of his life-changing work for children. It was an award well deserved. From a modest beginning, when AHF purchased an autoclave for his first operating room, our partnership has helped Dr. Banskota transform the lives of 47,000 children.

Last year HRDC performed 1,500 orthopedic surgeries and fabricated 3,313 prosthetic limbs. In addition to the hospital in Banepa, HRDC has three satellite centers where patients receive follow-up care, physical therapy, prosthetics and Ponsetti (nonsurgical) clubfoot management. The HRDC residents travel to the centers several times a year to do surgeries. In all, last year 8,600 children received treatment.

A gift of $10,000 from the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation will go directly to perform surgeries for 66 poor and disbaled children. 100% of your kindness will benefit the project.(See attached for 2012 update)