Lukla Hospital after earthquake

Fundraising garage sale to support Everest hospital

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A Nepalese hospital damaged in the April earthquakes will receive support from locals in a funding drive organised by Nelson couple Bruce and Kerry Russell.

The Lukla Hospital suffered structural damage in the quakes, meaning future paitent funding was used to cover the costs of the repairs.

“With us two going over there and having seen first hand the results these people are achieving, the amasing support the hospital receives from the local Nepalese community involved, we are wanting to help and support with donations,” the couple said.

Bruce and Kerry have a personal connection to the hospital. Nicole Niquille, who started the hospital is the twin sister of their son’s mother in law.

Nicole set up the hospital In accordance with the wishes of Pasang Lhamu, the first Nepalese woman to become a mountain guide, who died on Mount Everest.

“It was her fourth attempt. A storm takes her by surprise on her descent and she is never to join base camp. It is 19 days later that a team of Sherpas find Pasang Lhamus body on the south face.”

Bruce and Kerry are holding a fundraising Garage sale at 7 Nayland Rd this Sunday. The garage sale is located in the blue building opposite Carters and will operate from 10am till 2pm.

Funds raised will help support patients from the hospital’s catchment in the far east of Nepal at the foot of the Himalayas.

“The hospital is situated in Lukla, a village at an altitude of 2850 metres. You have to fly into Lukla airport named, Tenzing Hillary Airport to get to Everest. It is the departure point for Mt Everest and for a number of other summits. The topograhpy and lack of commucations isolate the communities of this remote region. There are still people who, living in these far-flung places, are unable to benefit either from medical care or from medicine or even less medical advise.”

The hospital complex includes operating theatres, obstetrics and radiology facilities, dental surgery, laboratory, pharmacy, drinking water supply, the micro-hydroelectric power plant and doctors’ living quarters.

It was built with an investment of US $2 million dollars with annual running costs of US $250’000.

“It is wonderful that New Zealand is supporting Nepal, Kathmandu and other areas. However some of these donations don’t get to the places like Lukla and other small village’s in the Khumba area.”