Medical Trek Nepal Teams Up with EDWON to Support Dalit Girls’ Scholarship Fund
Two US based volunteer organizations join forces to help Dalit (untouchable caste) girls of Nepal. Medical Trek Nepal based in Orlando, Florida, and Empower Dalit Women of Nepal of Cambridge, Massachusetts team up to send girls to nursing school.
A portion of the proceeds from the Autumn 2014 Medical Treks will be added to the Ambitious Girls’ Fund to support a girl from the Dalit community in Nepal to go to nursing school. Dalit girls are the most vulnerable of the rural communities in Nepal. Many are victims of abuse and trafficking. With programs like these to help young girls and women in Nepal’s Dalit communities can have hope that there may be a better life for them and illiteracy should not be an option.
The Ambitious Girls’ Fund was set up by EDWON, a US-Nepal based non-profit, to provide tuition for girls who have academic potential but live in extreme poverty or otherwise challenging conditions. These girls are encouraged to stay in school and achieve with the goal of higher education. In a country like Nepal, where caste and poverty greatly determine advancement in life, a scholarship for Dalit girls is a beacon for empowerment, enlightenment and hope.
More About Medical Trek Nepal
Medical Trek Nepal was founded in 2012 by Sandra Krasa BK as an extension of learning treks and tours program at TREKT Himalaya (http://trekthimalaya.com), a US based trekking agent and trekking partner of Hardcore Nepal Extreme Adventures (http://hardcorenepal.com). Since 2012, Medical Trek Nepal has become the one of top medical volunteer experiences in Nepal, with trekking volunteers coming from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Poland, Russia Zimbabwe, and other countries around the globe.
Medical Trek Nepal serves remote regions of Nepal that have no access to medical care. Many of the villagers we treat have never seen foreign tourists before. There is a unique cultural immersion experience that happens with the Medical Trek Nepal volunteers that they can not get on more popular treks like Everest Base Camp trek. It is a great cultural trade of care and wonder and camaraderie for 10 days in the rural outposts of Nepal.
Medical Trek Nepal has seen over 5000 patients since its inception in 2012. In the regions it revisits, it follows up on patients who have been previously seen. For example, in March 2013, a seven-year-old girl was diagnosed with polio from a Medical Trek volunteer doctor. The girl had never been treated, and could not walk due to atrophy of one leg. The Medical Trek doctor went to the USA, and followed up with several polio clinics, and arranged to get the girl some crutches. In October 2013, an Australian volunteer doctor and an American nurse delivered the crutches to the girl and showed her how to walk with them.
Medicines, supplies, and treatment are distributed to villagers in 3 different medical camps in remote regions of Nepal over a 10 day period. Trekkers have full work days in each camp; they are treated to village culture shows in the evening around a camp fire; then they trek the next day to a new destination. Each village is also give a gift of sports toys like volleyballs and nets, bad mitten rackets, and soccer balls as a donation from Medical Trek Nepal.
For more information, see our web site at http://medicaltreknepal.com