YETI in Oxford …

The Ear Aid Nepal fundraising dinner on 3 December was a great success, with over 50 generous supporters enjoying an excellent meal provided by the Yeti Restaurant on Cowley Road, Oxford. In total the meal raised over £1,400 with £200 donated directly by customers of the Yeti. The meal was a wonderful introduction to Nepali cuisine and guests were able to see some of the work carried out on ear camps thanks to an excellent and moving talk by Dr Sarah Scott-Brown, one of our most regular volunteers. Trustee Tom Martin was able to update guests about progress building the hospital in Nepal. We would like to thank Rosie Martin and Rachel and Ayd Instone for their hard work organising the dinner and Prem and Kabita Kandel (proprietors of The Yeti Restaurant) for their generosity in supporting the dinner.




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JUMLA EAR CAMP GETS UNDERWAY…

Mike Smith's report as the November 2014 Jumla Ear Camp gets underway:

All going well. We have been seeing over 150 patients per day, 300 arrived this morning so we had to put half off until tomorrow.

We have seen the 5-month-old baby with no ears and the audiologists are doing their best to assess her hearing and fit the soft band bone aid.

It is very cold (minus 2 degrees centigrade at night), with ice on the ground in the morning and they are heating water for us on a fire outside so we have a bit to wash with each morning. We had to buy a small gas fire to use in the operating theatre as patients, (and staff) were shivering during the operations! It is 11 pm and we have just finished a mastoid operation on a young man. We did about 15 major ops today.

We have been a little short staffed so far but the American part of the team return from a visit to a village tonight and should help swell our numbers and cover a few more jobs.

One little girl born deaf and dumb was running around with a big smile after someone gave her a knitted teddy bear, it is a pity that we cannot yet do more for children like this where they are already past the age to learn language.

Today we operated on a man in his twenties who lost all his hearing in both ears aged about 5 years. He can barely speak. He’s had multiple mastoid abscesses over the years. At least we have been able to help now.

Read the INF report
here

Watch a video
here


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Coming in to land at Jumla

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Night-time ward round (brrrrrrr!)

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Using the new operating theatre at Jumla hospital for the first time. 

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The Audiologists at the Jumla 2014 Ear Camp



GARDEN PARTY NEWS …

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We had a beautiful day and venue, Ann Dingle had prepared the barn at her home near Crewe perfectly and the sun shone almost all of the time. We had 115 guests including about 14 children. There was Nepalese curry by Phillipa and Kesab. Cakes, tea and Pimms with help from Julia, Daisy and Chris and lots of gifted cooks. Photos by Aishya and Jason. There were lots of anecdotes and memories shared by volunteers past and present. We had a raffle, sales of plants and jam and lots of generous donations. Luke had designed and printed our first proper brochure and colourful post cards to sell. We had a strong contingent of friends from INF who have worked and lived in Nepal long term and also from the UK office.

So it was a really successful day, with thanks to all who helped and who joined in the fun.

Mike gave a talk and rallying call for volunteers to continue to join us on the ear camps and to visit the new hospital after it opens next year, and also to remember us longer term by signing up to regular donations. In the barn we had a rolling slide show of pictures from past camps and Nepalese scenery and also Steve’s excellent video from an ear camp.

The garden was absolutely magnificent and many stayed to clear up at the end for which we were truly grateful!

Mike and EAN trustees




SWISS CHILDREN GIVE UP SWEETS!! …

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Children at Swiss Speech Therapy School raise money for Nepali children


It is traditional in the Swiss Canton of Schwyz not to eat sweets between Carnival and Easter. Not everyone observes the tradition, but many do and the schools often follow the tradition encouraging the children who eat lunch at school to abstain from their dessert during these weeks. It is definitely a sacrifice for the children so the teachers at the speech therapy schools in Steinen and Pfäffikon (both in Canton Schwyz) decided to exchange the value of the desserts into money, which the children then donated to EarAidNepal to help Nepali children.

The children also baked little cakes and biscuits and sold them to their teachers to collect even more money for EarAidNepal. By the time they had finished they had raised the huge sum of 1,066.15 Swiss Francs (about £720 or $1,200)!!

On Thursday before Easter they invited Dr Mercedes Ogal (a paediatrician whose practice is also in Canton Schwyz and who volunteered for EarAidNepal in
November 2013) to hand over the great donation.

It was a wonderful occasion. The children handcrafted lamps and sang a carol at a ceremony conceived and organised by their teacher, Mrs Antonia Schuler, with the full involvement of all the children. It was really heart-warming!!

The children of the two Speech Therapy Schools in Steinen and Pfäffikon are very proud to have been able to help less fortunate children in Nepal with their hard-earned donation.




POWER TO THE PEOPLE …

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No sooner had the call gone out for help with batteries than it was answered with abundant generosity by Rayovac, the world's No. 1 hearing aid battery manufacturer. Paula Brinson Pyke, Rayovac's Marketing Director, answered our e-mailed call for help by return and within a few days had secured 1,600 6-battery cards - that's nearly 10,000 batteries!

But, to be honest, we were not entirely surprised. It seems that Rayovac is already a very generous supporter of many charities. They even have a page on their
site inviting charities to apply for help. This is what they say:

We believe it is important to help the hard of hearing community and are committed to doing so both in the UK and around the World.

Through our range of flagship projects we hope to make an important difference to the lives of people with hearing problems. Over many years we have supported a range of initiatives including those in Africa and other developing regions – through the Sound Seekers’ HARK project, Kinder 1000 and Enfants du Cambodage – all of whom regularly benefit from our donations of hearing aid batteries and accessories.

We’re also a proud supporter of the Hearing Dogs charity in the UK and are working closely with Germany’s biggest hearing charity the Deutshcen Schwerhorigenbundes (DSB), amongst many others.

Thanks Rayovac, and especially Paula, for your generous help!




WORK IN PROGRESS …




We are taking one picture every hour for the entire duration of the construction process and then assembling the images into a short film which will eventually show the entire construction of the Ear Hospital in about one minute. Peder Eriksson is in charge of filming in Pokhara and Mike Falter is putting it all together in London. If you would like to step through image by image then just pause the film and use the left and right keys on your keyboard. That's All For Now Folks!




JUST FOR THE RECORD ...


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From Eka Dev on the last day of the Pyuthan ear camp:

1,235 patients in OPD
704 hearing tests performed
234 hearing aids fitted
and
175 operations

INF Pyuthan Ear Camp Report - 2014

All the patients are well and the team is very happy!

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REPORT FROM PYUTHAN ...

Mike Smith's report from Pyuthan just in ...

We are on day 7 with 3 more full days to go. Still seeing at least 150 out patients a day and over 20 ops every day. I operated on an 8 year old girl yesterday with really bad infection throughout her mastoid bone and we have done lots of hearing reconstruction operations. The weather is getting really hot now, and we have to have fans on while we work.

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The village is set in a wide valley, we are surrounded by fields of winter wheat with high hills behind, very beautiful. Last night the sky was absolutely crystal clear and we could make out lots of constellations and even saw Mars and Jupiter (thank goodness for i-phone apps!). It is just getting dark again now outside, it goes dark very quickly, and a large crowd of patients, at least 100 are sitting in a neat line across the concrete forecourt of the hospital.

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They are planning to stay there all night in order to get a ticket to be seen tomorrow, many have walked 2 days from an area called Rolpa (see map). The school exams have just finished so we think many patients waited before coming.

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We have almost run out of hearing aid batteries and the aids themselves are getting low. There have been several emotional moments when patients suddenly heard with their new aids. We badly need a source of freely donated or low cost hearing aids and especially batteries. We are also nearly fully booked for surgery, but will try our best to fit in any badly affected patients.

The 3 medical students from Birmingham, Matthias, Mica and Nicola, all doing research projects about ear problems in Nepal, came on the ear camp and have been a big help syringing ears and assisting at surgery. They left early today as they have to get back to the UK, so we are managing to cope so far, but missing them.

I am sitting in theatre as the last 3 ops go on, we should finish by about 8.30 tonight, then a walk through the unpaved bazaar streets to our hotels and a re-warmed vegetarian curry dinner!

Download the INF report here:
INF Pyuthan Ear Camp Report - 2014





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PYUTAN CAMP GETS UNDERWAY

The team arrived at Pyuthan after a good flight to Bhairawa then 5 hours drive on a very winding but good tarmac road. They settled in to their village hotels after a Dal Bhat curry with the electricity going on and off. 

They checked out the set up in the local hospital where the team have been busy getting all the equipment nicely laid out and ready - they say there will be plenty of patients! ENT surgeon Dr Arun K C from Kathmandu met up with the team at the airport and travelled with them as he is part of the team this time.

So up early tomorrow to start work!



DIGGING THE FOUNDATIONS GETS STARTED ...

The excavators have arrived and work has started on digging the foundations for the new Ear Hospital!

You can follow progress on our webcam
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Thanks to Peder Eriksson for the pictures