To educate & train physical therapists, parents & caregivers of Nepalese school children & children suffering from Cerebral Palsy how to manage bowel/ bladder incontinence to improve quality of life & reduce infections.
Thank you all for your donations!! I am almost there!!! Only $1500 to go to reach my goal!!!
There's still time if you feel so inclined! Every little bit helps!
Hello dear friends, family and colleagues!
In February 2020, I will turn 60-years-old; I want this milestone to have special meaning and fulfill a lifelong dream to go to Nepal!
Growing up, I was blessed to be around children with Cerebral Palsy (CP), which stimulated my desire to become a physical therapist, a career that I love more now than when I started it 37 years ago! My specialty as a physical therapist is working with children who suffer from bowel and bladder problems such as:
· Daytime urinary incontinence
· Fecal incontinence
Why do I want to visit Nepal and what will I accomplish?
The incidence of Cerebral Palsy in Nepal is estimated to be over 60,000. The Self -Help Group for CP estimate that 80% of children (and adults) also present with bowel and bladder leakage which significantly affects their quality of life and leads to infections and other medical complications. Additionally, a recent pilot study revealed an incidence of urinary leakage in school children aged 10-16 years at 73%, as compared to 6-13% in developed countries. This has shown me a clear and meaningful need to help CP kids in Nepal who are tragically affected by a lack of access to proper medical and intervention services.
I saw this meaningful need and God has opened the door for me to fulfill this lifelong dream to visit Nepal! This has come about through a series of recent experiences and events; an opportunity has opened up for me to travel to Nepal in March 2020!
Through a partnership with the University in Nepal, I will train Nepali Physical Therapists on how to treat children with bowel and bladder issues. Nepal currently does not have any trained providers - this training will provide sustainability as these providers will be able to treat multiples of children with bowel bladder issues, in addition to strategies for prevention.
The plan is also to visit several villages with a Self-Help Group for Cerebral Palsy children to educate families and caregivers how to manage incontinence and constipation in these children.
Need for Support:
I will be donating my time and training to this incredibly important project, but would like to ask for your assistance to help the children in Nepal. Your assistance will help with securing needed supplies, and travel expenses.
- Biofeedback or surface electro myology teaches children how to find and use their muscles. The Prometheus Group has generously donated an entire biofeedback system with pediatric animation to the hospital, but additional lead wires and electrodes are needed to run the system.
Supplies for treatments
o Electrodes for 1 child $4.60 x 100 =$460
o Additional lead wires and adaptors - $340 per set – 2 sets per year= $680.00
· Airfare and Travel Expenses (Hotel, etc.) to help offset the costs of - $3,750.00
My goal is to raise approximately $6,000 so that I can help improve the quality of life for these children.
Your Support Will Make a Great Impact:
- $50 will help pay for electrodes for 10 children
- $150 will bring a physical therapist from a remote region to the course
- Any $ amount will help me educate the therapists in Nepal to sustain the program and treat thousands of children = PRICELESS
A donation of any size will make a difference and will be tremendously appreciated. Please consider donating an amount that feels comfortable to you and know that you are impacting the health, well-being and quality of life for Nepalese children.
This is a personal mission - I’m asking for a personal donation- which unfortunately is not tax-deductible - to help me make a difference in the lives of these children. My hope it to train the physical therapists in Nepal who will in turn continue to train others. Training the trainers is the most sustainable way for me to begin this grass-roots process
PS- Stay tuned for email/Facebook updates. Upon request, I would be honored to give a presentation upon my return.
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