The chairman of a local village development committee explains why the Nestling Trust funded clinic in his village has been so important and successful
Sue Hamblin with women from Marbu village who, thanks to their Nestling Trust sponsored clinic, are happy they no longer have to trek miles for medical help.
A Health Clinic at Chilankha in the foothills of the Himalayas was once just a dream. The only access is by a narrow track across the mountains - impassable during the monsoon season. But in 2016 the Nestling Trust working with their partner NGO, SITARA, and the District Health Authority, visited the area, and agreed to fund materials so villagers could build their own Health Clinic. It was completed later in 2016. The Trust has suppled necessary equipment and continues to give support to the nurses.
Jeep a three year old boy, was one of the first patients seen in the clinic. He was actually found during the clinics construction. A large swelling covered one side of his face - it had been like it for many months, causing him great discomfort. The Nestling Trust arranged for him to be seen at a hospital in Cherkot. He was subsequently sent home under the care of nurses at the Chilankha Health Clinic.
Jeep is fully recovered and leading a happy normal life. Chilankha Clinic serves a population of approximately 6000 people.
Krishna was found through the Marbu Clinic, established in the remote Dolakha area by the Nestling Trust in 2014.
When found in 2015 he was unable to use his legs, arms or hands and could not talk.
Referred to Kathmandu children’s hospital and SERC School for Children with Disabilities, he receives daily physio and speech therapy, funded by the Nestling Trust.
He is now independent in walking, feeding, toileting and is learning to speak. He attends lessons and is learning to write and draw, knows Nepali and English alphabet and can count.
Without the clinic at Marbu this child would have remained an outcast with no hope.
Sue meets up with TNT Nepalese directors Bijen and Subash and partner NGO Himshikhara - there is much on the itinerary including finalising arrangements in Pokhara and the Children's Home at Sarangkot. It is hoped to finalize arrangements with the Nepalese Government Officials to welcome children into the Sarangkot Nestling Home before Sue returns to the UK later this month. A meeting is also planned with Health Initiative partner NGO, Sitara. There is to be a visit to Melung village in the Dolakha area where TNT hopes to establish a further clinic in 2019.