Club members Chris and Janine were in Nepal to visit two schools the club had funded, rebuilding after the destructive earthquake of 2015.

While in Kathmandu, the pair dropped in on another Nepalese project the club had helped to fund in recent years.

The Medical Rehabilitation Organisation is a charitable enterprise that helps poor people in rural communities seek and find medical support in the city.

A few years ago, the Rotary Club of Hall helped by funding the wages of two nursing staff for the organisation, which of the time was dealing with patients suffering from injuries resulting from the earthquakes, landslides and motor vehicle accidents.

Today the organisation is housed in a three story building close to several Kathmandu hospitals. A Dutch company covers the rent on the building. Its work continues, supporting people from rural communities who otherwise could not gain the specialised medical support they need.

Medical rehabilitation organisation building

This is an organisation the ‘runs on the smell of an oily rag’, funded by corporate donations, philanthropic individuals and community organisations such as the Rotary Club of Hall.

Chris and Janine were given a tour of the building, which operates as a halfway house to support poor rural families in need of medical treatment. Staffed by volunteers and a part-time team of nurses and a physiotherapist, the team provides accommodation and support to help poor people get medical treatment that they otherwise can not afford.

“The first patient we saw was a man whose leg had been amputated. (pictured top) He was undergoing physiotherapy,’ says Chris. They had to amputate his leg a second time because the initial amputation was performed poorly.

Boy with no ears

The home has several rooms on two floors, and for every patient, they need two beds. One for the patient and one for a family member who must stay with them to assist with the care.

“We met a boy who had life-changing surgery. Born with no ears, merely holes in his head, the boy could hear but had no ears. In a first for surgeons in Nepal, the organisation had negotiated with surgeons to get them to perform the surgery and an extremely reduced cost. They had taken cartilage from the boy’s rib and fashioned a new ear for him. He was heeling well and waiting for a second surgery to fashion another ear.”

Janine with a child with eye problems

Another case was a young girl afflicted with problems with her eyes. She was staying in the building with her father, waiting to be seen by specialists.

The medical rehabilitation organisation in Kathmandu forms a vital link between the needs of poor people in rural communities and gives them access to life changing medical support that would otherwise be far from their reach.

Nurses on duty
Nurses in the supply room.

The organisation is constantly looking for support, particularly with the supply of consumables such as medicines and bandages. Everyone in the organisation does whatever is needed, whether that’s changing beds, cooking or cleaning toilets. Everyone is there for the same reason. To help fellow Nepalese in need of care.