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Helpers of MEND: Grants, Sponsors, Supporters and Donors

2 July - Rob's brother Denis, who owns the Eureka berry farm in Tasmania is a great supporter of MEND, actually the whole Buchanan family are great supporters. Denis is a keen tramper and you can find his Nepal and India trekking stories on his website, click on image to enter.
 - Microsoft through TechSoup NZ is sponsoring MEND NZ with donated software for their computers.
19 Dec - The Fundraising event held by Gulmi Jilla Samaj UK event has raised a total of 11,124.68 for the Hope Centre in Gulmi.

7 Dec -  Brian Clarke, MEND's valuable treasurer for a number of years has recently resigned to hand over his position to Sarah Nicolson. We like to thank Brian and his wife Judith for their great support, work and their continuing support of the disabled in Nepal, they are sponsoring several children's school fees and have visited the centre in 2009. We wish them well and we are sure they will keep an interest in MEND's activities in the future. Again, Thank you Brian and Judith.
28 May -  Today Hope Centre had its application to ABILIS in Finland approved today for 10,000 Euros so we will start next month to assess 40 disabled youth to start training in some new skills with loan support to start their businesses.
27 May - Nepali volunteers Graham and Jenny Wigley have sponsored Ganga Ghimire, she is the girl who was cataract blind almost from age 1 and at age 13 both eyes had Hollows intra ocular lens inserted. Last year the Treasurer Brian and Judith and MEND each paid a third of her costs. Rob visited Dab Bahadur's school yesterday and took a few photos of Ganga.. looking happy.. and slowly moving up classes.. as you can see she is still in the smallest classes..  New photos of Ganga in Gallery.
25 May -  The Charlie Runners, Charlie and Wendy, Julie and Marcus, Anna, Katie and Jennie, the UK supporters, raised 600 on Sunday 22 May for the Hope Centre in Nepal . Charlie organised a run 2 years ago which helped raise 33% of the building cost of Hope Centre! The run was in the Curry Mallet 10km loop, in Somerset, near Taunton. Julie came all the way from Peterborough for the run, its about a 6hr drive away.    Photos in Gallery.
28 April - Teke is a great kid (he says he is now 14) and has no parents.. he was staying with his grandparents in a village. He now stays at the Hope Centre and he is having to wash his own clothes and dishes to help us .. and soon how to cook.. as Nepali males don't cook much. Second day now at a new school .. and they even have a school bus to collect him and others from Hope Centre. He stays at Hope and is being sponsored by Sam an Auckland teacherBefore and After operation photos of Teke Bohara's disability

A Leg To Stand On ("ALTSO") has supplied 20 artificial hands to Hope Centre in Nepal donated by Americares.   Click for Hand fitting Video 
ALTSO is funding the rehabilitation costs of 85 kids and youth under the ages of 25 in Nepal this year with Hope Centre and funded 135 kids last year.. and in Hope Centre Kashmir they funded similar numbers last year and this year"

Liliane Fonds has been helping Hope Centre in Kashmir to rehabilitate disabled kids and youth... see their website in Dutch but click for for the translated site.

Gulmi Jilla Samaj UK, a small charitable association of Gulmi people in the UK.  Our association is active in Gulmi since its establishment on 7 August, 2007. So far we have given donations to several local schools in Gulmi and have donated an ambulance to Red Cross Nepal, Gulmi. Further, we are giving another 2nd ambulance handover on 18 March 2011 at Gulmi Dhurkot

Shoote Productions - Nina Wells - After 6 months in Nepal and India she finally returned to New Zealand. During her travels One Planet Productions contracted her to film the update on the Hope Disability Centre for the BBC World Challenge Competition. 

She is also now compiling and editing additional footage shot in India and Nepal into a current show reel.

Rural Assistance Nepal 

MAA NZ (Medical Aid Abroad NZ) for donating quality Rehab items

ALTSO (A Leg To Stand On ) a grant has enabled 83 disabled kids and youth in both Nepal and Kashmir to have corrective surgery, artificial limbs and physiotherapy to get up on their feet and take some first steps!

Lights family of Easiyo (NZ) for grants enabling Hope Centre Nepal to be built and also a new health centre to be started in the Mt Everest region.

Handicap International & the European Commission a grant for expanding our Kashmir Hope Centre to have a prosthetics workshop and outreach programme to rehabilitate and mobilise 200 disabled kids.

Rotary International for grants for physiotherapy equipment in Nepal, and or 6 computers from Rotary Bangalore South for a partner in India.

Abilis Foundation is a development fund, founded by people with disabilities in Finland in 1998. Its mandate is to support the activities empowerment of disabled persons in the Global South (developing countries). ABILIS Foundation gives small grants ranging from 500 to 10.000 Euros to projects initiated by disabled persons. These are one-time grants for new projects. 

Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation for a grant to build a new rehabilitation centre on the border of Kashmir with Pakistan.

Zartaj webdesign for building one of our original website

HealthWrights is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the health, basic rights, social equality, and self-determination of disadvantaged persons and groups. David Werner, a Board Member, made the Children image at the top of the MEND homepage, the Children Animation was made by Shoote Productions - Nina Wells

 Saritaksu Bali for building one of our original website

Ex-Secretary Peter Baker in Bay of Plenty Times - Great article 
Peter Baker was also webmaster of our previous website and because of his disabilities he did that
mostly by voice recognition software called Dragon and good old fashioned pencil held in his mouth to operate the keyboard, try that ! Thanks Peter. 

All other MEND supporters, who keep helping MEND "go and grow", including our great regular bunch who sponsor each month!

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