AMBULANCE TO Naya Bazar Club, KIRTIPUR

- Kamal Rupakheti

German Nepalese Help Association (GNHA) was established in Stuttgart, Germany in 1979. Since then, GNHA has been working in Nepal as an INGO. Late. Mrs. Margot Busak, former Royal Nepalese Consul for Stuttgart in Germany and some other likeminded friends at Stuttgart were the early promoters of this organization. At present, GNHA has 500 members and 1000 donors in Germany.

The objective of GNHA is to help Nepalese people and the organization in the field of social relief, public health, education and training, environment and infrastructure and the supply of medicines and medical equipments. Since 1982 the individual sponsorship or donation was discouraged and institutional help was initiated which is the centralized focus till date.

GNHA has general and project agreement with SWC since 1989 to co-ordinate various projects. Similarly, a MOU is signed since 1992 with Bir Hospital to run free dispensary providing medicines to poor patients. GNHA’s main role is to work as an intermediary organization wherein it acts as a channel to circulate resources to its targeted communities through its various partners. It has developed an interdisciplinary cum practical approach for the intervention.

GNHA projects are spread over various districts and outskirts areas and it is channeled through various partners in Bhaktapur, Dhading, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Kaski, Kavre, Siraha, Solukhumbu and Surkhet.

GNHA has numerous projects running through various local partners including governmental bodies. There are currently 52 projects in operation under various program areas.

Program Areas No. of Projects
Social Relief 12
Public Health 8
Education & Training 18
Environment & Infrastructure 12
Medicines and Medical Supply 2

Kirtipur, a historical place with ancient temples, atypical ethnic newar village is always an interesting attraction to the tourists for sightseeing. Because of the development of road connection and the establishment of TU the area is a central focus of Kathmandu.

GNHA was approached by Naya Bazar Club of Kirtipur for an Ambulance. Mr. Kazi Ram Maharjan of Kirtipur was instrumental to introduce us with the club. The proposal was pending as GNHA was bit reluctant to provide vehicles due to the problem of maintenance cost. However, our donation of an Ambulance to Shrekhandapur youth group at Kavre was doing extraordinary job of providing ambulance services to remote mud road where other ambulance were not able to render the services.

GNHA President Mr. Andreas Falk paid visit personally to Kirtipur Naya Bazar Club for the need assessment. Naya Bazar Club, Kirtipur was operating the ambulances services by using one of the old vehicle donated by some INGO. The club was using it since past 10 years, maintaining in an excellent condition. Mr. Andreas was highly impressed to see the dedication of the people in the club in maintaining and operating the vehicle for the service of the people in an emergency situation.

The GNHA board then decided to award a Tata Sumo ambulance to the club to further enhance the services that they were providing. However, it took more than 10 months for the club to get customs free facility from different ministries.

The Inauguration program was held on November 4, 2004. On behalf of German Nepalese Help Association (GNHA), Mrs. Ingrid Delfs, Consular of German Embassy handed over the ambulance key, to Mr. Krishna Gopal Shrestha, the then Minister of Local Development. Honorable Minister then handed over the key to the Chairman of Naya Bazar Club Mr. Deependra Acharya. In the same program amidst a grand function, Royal Swedish Consul General, Chartered President of Kathamandap Rotary, Hon. Advisor of GNHA, Mr. Gajendra Bahadur Shrestha handed over one wheelchair to the club.

Since then the ambulance is on the run bringing sick patients to hospitals. We do realize that providing an ambulance service has huge costs attached to it even though with such a major hurdle this club is still operating the service with the same level of dedication and enthusiasm and GNHA would like to congratulate the club officials for their devotion to serve the people.

Furthermore, on behalf of the GNHA family of Stuttgart, Germany and Kathmandu, I wish a grand success of the 25th year of the club. We are confident that this club will be a model club for serving the people with a motto of “Let us help each other”.

* Country Representative,
GNHA, Kathmandu

Naya Bazar Club, Kirtipur-3, Kathmandu, Nepal. Telephone: +977 1 4330200, Website: www.nbc.org.np 
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