Food for Life in Nepal – Over 55,000 meals served and now medical care
Based on a report by Dr. Sanjiv Gupta & Brijesh Lacoul
29th April 2015, Kathmandu — Food for life Nepal has been distributing prasadam daily to the victims of the disastrous earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25th. The small non-profit was a first responder and is still one of the few organizations serving hot meals in the city and surrounding areas.
The volunteers have been distributing Khichadi, a bean, rice and vegetable stew that is very popular in the region and highly nutritious.
On Day 4, the FFL teams served out 5500 hot meals in Kathmandu and Lalitpur and 8000 meals in Bhaktapur victims, bringing the total to 55,000 over the last four days.
In Kathmandu, meals were served at many hospitals housing large numbers of victims and to homeless families living in parks and at bus stops.
“In Bhaktapur, the whole town is practically living on the streets” reported Gupta . “None of the houses are safe to live in because aftershocks are still going on. People are living in tents and whatever shelter they can find and they have no cooking utensils. Food for Life is their only source of healthy cooked meals.”
The survivors are appreciating the endeavors of the volunteers, who are boosting their spirits with hot meals, a smile and singing.
Food for Life Nepal is also extending their services to include a full-scale health facility, set up by a team of 13 doctors and nurses from The Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai. This team together with ISKCON Nepal doctors make up a team of 28 members comprising of 7 Specialist from Mumbai, 5 Specialist from Nepal, 12 Paramedical staff and 4 Medical Volunteers.
On the first day (29th April) the medical team set up camps at Padma College, near Durbar Square Gate, Bhaktapur. They divided their teams in three groups, first – Psychological care group, second – Door to door Health care group and third – Stationary Health care group. The stationary team at the Padma College checked 167 patients and Door to door health care group visited 63 families whereas psychological group counseled 4 psychologically traumatized patients. This team aims to provide care to nearby villages such as Changu-Narayan area where so far, no other medical care has arrived.
Food for Life Nepal is also managing a Mobile Health Bus, Free Ambulance services, Food supplies, X-ray, ECG, Blood Investigations, and Ophthalmological check-ups, Dental check-ups and psychological counselling to victims who lost their homes or relatives. The FFL medical team will also provide minor surgical facilities.
Food for Life Nepal is doing their best to serve those who in need of physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual help.
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