Bolton Business Provides Life-Line For Villagers Nepal
Thursday, 19 August 2010
A local business has provided a desperately-needed medical facility for people in a remote part of Nepal.
Bolton-based foster company, modus, donated funds to build a hospital in the Raj Bas village in the Nyagarche Valley in Nepal, and is hoping that the medical service will make a real difference to more than 6,000 people who live in the area.
The business teamed up with DCWC Nepal, an international charity based in St Anne's on Sea, Lancashire, to build the modus DCWC Hospital in the village after modus director, Sue Hamilton, visited the region last year.
Sue explained: "When I arrived in the Raj Bas village I just knew I had to help the people that lived there. They really make you realise how lucky we are to live in such a wealthy country.
"If someone becomes ill in the village they need to make an extraordinarily long journey of more than a day just to receive basic medical attention. It broke my heart to think of the amazing people there having to do that, so I was adamant that modus would do everything it could to help provide a solution.
"Villagers built the hospital themselves, working hard each day to help create something so important for their community.
"Medical supplies and two doctors will be arriving there next month, and we're looking at ways in which the local community can help to sustain the facility.
"Sustainability is key when it comes to helping communities like Raj Bas; like many of the children modus helps, people in Raj Bas just need to be given the chance to show what they can do."
The new hospital follows a school for village children which modus part-funded last year, and which is already proving a great success.
Sue and her daughter Sam, who also works at modus, are due to visit Nepal in September, and will be taking with them supplies, toys and other resources for the villagers to use.
Closer to home, modus also works with Bolton Hospice and Manchester's Birdhouse Fund and Sue is currently in the process of developing her own local charity to support young people across the region.
modus is an independent foster agency, providing high quality, co-ordinated childcare services for looked-after children and young people. The company also runs a small residential children's home, Cross Lee House, which provides a caring environment for up to five young people who require a supporting environment.
To find out more about fostering at modus, or the DCWC charity projects please call 01204 399 514.
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Notes to editors
- Modus was set up in 2002 to provide high quality, co-ordinated childcare services for looked-after children and young people
- Through exceptional training and ongoing support, it helps families to provide environments in which young people can safely achieve their potential
- Modus provides foster families across the whole of North West England
- Modus also runs a small residential home in West Yorkshire, Cross Lee House, for up to five children who display varying degrees of emotional and behavioural difficulty