For this month’s Stillness in Action donation, we are contributing to the Detroit2Nepal Foundation (D2N). If you would like to support D2N along with us—particularly in light of the recent devastation in Nepal—you may do so via paypal by clicking this link. D2N is a registered 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated to improving public health, health care and educational opportunities for children in the remote Himalayan District of Khotang, one of the poorest areas in Nepal.
D2N was founded by Dr. Richard Keidan, who has traveled extensively throughout Nepal. Although he initially traveled to the Himalayas for adventure, he soon fell in love with the people populating the villages scattered throughout the mountains. The nature of his trips changed in 2009 when he met Namgyal Sherpa, his sirdar (lead guide) on an exploratory trek in the Kanchenjunga Region of Eastern Nepal. Namgyal asked Richard to come back to his home district of Khotang to provide some medical relief work. What Richard learned was that Khotang was one of the poorest areas in Nepal. The district was cut off from roads and communication, without power, without waste management (toilets), without clean drinking water and with very limited access to health care and educational opportunities. After seeing the significant needs in this region and the amazing determination of the people, Detroit2Nepal was founded.
Currently, D2N is working in three villages in this rural mountainous area- Dipsung, Rakha, and Sungdel. These villages account for approximately 10,000 people. As opposed to dictating what will be done, all projects are initiated by the Nepalese. This approach creates jobs for community members and also allows them to learn how to manage these projects. Examples of projects sponsored by D2N include rural medical clinics, student scholarships, school libraries, hydroelectric power facilities, a birthing center and various waste management projects.
Recognizing the needs in Richard’s immediate area of Detroit, D2N created the local Detroit arm of the foundation, the Miracle Fund at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Partnering with Beaumont Health Systems, money has been raised money for two children’s funds at the hospital. D2N assists in building customized adaptive bikes for children with significant disabilities so that they may safely enjoy one of the wonderful things about being a kid- riding a bike! This “Bike Day” program is run through the Beaumont Pediatric Rehabilitation Department. The Foundation also provides financial resources for the Beaumont Pediatric Oncology Long Term Follow-Up Clinic, providing medical care for survivors suffering from health problems related to their prior life-saving treatments.