Success Stories


A heart patient for ten years, Khil's family had no money left 
for her continuing medical needs.  Facing either a double valve 
replacement surgery or death within two months, Khil's family 
put a notice in the Kathmandu newspaper pleading for help.  HHN 
secured a heart valve donation from Medtronics and raised money 
for the surgery that saved Khil's life.  She is now able to 
marry and lead a normal life.  Working with Gangalal National 
Heart Center, Khil's life-saving surgery followed by successful 
surgeries for six others led to the founding of HHN's Nepal 
Medical Emergency Fund, which provides life-saving surgeries 
for indigent Nepalis with no other hope.  Professional fund 
management is being donated.

HHN became aware of a letter of appeal Som wrote requesting a 
scholarship for his education at the Institute of Forestry in 
Pokhara.  A Dalit (Untouchable Caste) from Maoist-infested 
Baglung with no resources of his own, Som had little chance of 
any education without financial assistance.  HHN researched the 
situation, deciding to offer Som a yearly scholarship based on 
his continued academic success.  Som receives high marks 
yearly, returns to his village during breaks to encourage other 
Dalits to stay in school, and will graduate in 2007.

A January newspaper article chronicled the woes of Taplejung 
District Hospital, a Nepali hospital in the mountains with 
broken windows in the Outpatient Department and no blankets 
for the patients.  After a fundraiser HHN purchased new wool 
blankets in a local market and partnered with the Nepal Red 
Cross for delivery to the hospital.

Other Success Stories:

HHN's Executive Director was invited by Nepal's Ministry of 
Health to attend a World Health Organization conference in 
Nepal called "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight".  This ambitious 
program challenges developing countries to identify and 
eliminate their main source of avoidable blindness by the 
year 2020.  

The BP Koirala Center for Ophthalmic Studies requested IOLs 
(intraocular lenses) for cataract surgery from HHN, pledging 
to do these surgeries free-of-cost to indigent Nepalis in rural 
and remote eye camps.  Cataracts continue to be a large source 
of avoidable blindness in Nepal.  HHN secured a very generous 
donation of thousands of IOLs for cataract surgery from Bausch 
and Lomb.

HHN then successfully requested assistance from UPS in shipping 
the IOL donation to Nepal.  HHN is indebted to UPS for carrying 
the lenses to Bangkok, Thailand, and to Royal Nepal Airlines for 
carrying them the last leg of the trip to Kathmandu, Nepal.

HHN began an online correspondence with a returned Peace Corps 
Volunteer (PCV).  She still had PCV friends in Nepal and through 
her HHN received requests for specific books for various Nepali 
village schools throughout the country.  HHN successfully conducted 
a book drive to meet these needs, sending 2,000 pounds of books to 
these various Peace Corps Volunteers.  

This began a yearly HHN book drive for specific books requested for 
Nepali village schools.  The main members of the book drive are the 
Bartlett Book Brigade, retired teachers from Bartlett High School 
in Anchorage, Alaska.  Books went to the Peace Corps/Nepal for 
distribution and use by PCVs and their Nepali counterparts.  Books 
now are distributed by Rato Bangala School through their 
teacher-training program.  

The BP Koirala Center for Ophthalmic Studies in Kathmandu is part of 
Tribhuvan University.  The Center requested HHN's assistance in 
obtaining professional ophthalmic journals for their library, which 
at that time received none on a regular basis.  After learning from 
HHN about the BPK Center's library for staff and students, Elsevier 
Science graciously donated subscriptions to Ophthalmology and 
American Journal of Ophthalmology.

After attending an informational presentation by HHN, the Medical 
Librarian at the Alaska Native Medical Center, herself a returned 
Peace Corps Volunteer, began saving medical texts and journals for 
the teaching hospitals in Nepal.  This kind soul even boxes the 
books for shipment in M-bags.  HHN ships the books and facilitates 
their placement in Nepal.

Rotary District 5010, Anchorage Rotary Clubs, and the Rotary Club of 
Kantipur in Nepal have been phenomenal in working with HHN to 
alleviate avoidable blindness.  The first Rotary Matching Grant 
provided portable ophthalmic surgical equipment for use in rural and 
remote eye camps.  We worked in conjunction with Spectrum 
Ophthalmics and Lombart-Midwest to provide quality surgical 
equipment. DHL assisted with shipment.  Partnering with the BP 
Koirala Center for Ophthalmic Studies, these same Rotary Clubs 
also made possible eye screening for thousands of school children,
including eye glasses and surgery as needed.  

As a result of HHN's presentation to the Director of Alaska Regional 
Hospital, the medical facility donated and recycled non-utilized 
surgical items to teaching hospitals in Nepal through HHN.

The BP Koirala Center for Ophthalmic Studies recognized the need for a 
mid-level oph-thalmic-care professional in Nepal.  With no initial 
instructors, materials, or curriculum, their visionary Executive Director 
started a School of Optometry--a new profession in Nepal.  An appeal 
was made to HHN for optometry instructors.

Correspondence with the World Council of Optometry provided a 
series of excellent, but temporary, instructors from the U.S. 
and Canada, while HHN lobbied the Peace Corps in Washington, DC,
and Nepal to create a new Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) position 
at the BPK Center.  Eventually, this was granted and the search 
was on to find an optometrist for this position.

HHN actively wrote Optometry Schools and professional journals 
in the U.S. telling of this new PCV position, successfully 
locating an interested new graduate.  This wonderful young 
lady taught at the Center and created curriculum and materials 
for the Center staff to use after she left.

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