Banepa-Kavre, near Kathmandu
Dr Irina Kansakar, a highly skilled Nepalese eye surgeon, originally volunteered with VBA and travelled to Myanmar to assist with our work in Wachet. She was so affected by her time there that she approached VBA to support a similar free clinic in her home country, suggesting a small hospital, the Reiyukai Eiko Masunaga Eye Hospital (REMEH) located in Banepa, a town in the Kavre district, one hour’s drive from Kathmandu. The hospital was established by donations from the community and runs free eye clinics once every week in remote and poverty-laden areas. Surgery is conducted four to five times a month by volunteer ophthalmologists.
VBA agreed to provide ongoing financial assistance, as we knew Dr Kansakar was both skilled and passionate about her humanitarian work, and she and her colleagues are committed to helping the poor and disadvantaged from the most remote areas of their country. We want to help that valuable work to continue for many years to come.