This will be our 3rd year taking a medical team to far western Nepal. Our goal is to provide care for the Kamaiya, an entire people group in Nepal who have been enslaved for generations. The Kamaiya were declared free approximately 10 years ago as the government outlawed slavery in Nepal. Unfortunately their general social condition has remained quite destitute.
The government has provided land for the 50-60,000 Kamaiya in western Nepal, but it seems it is barely enough to sustain them. Very few of the Kamaiya have had the benefit of education or the opportunity to break out of the poverty cycle that they now find themselves to be in. We are aware of many cases of young Kamiaya women being lured (or sold into) sex trafficking. Most of the Kamaiya get very little or no medical care whatsover.
Our partners, Free for Life International (www.freeforlifeintl.org) along with our partrners in Nepal, Peace Rehabilitation Center, continue to find new and innovative ways to help the Kamaiya including training / scholarships to provide a better future. They are also responsible for bringing our medical teams to provide care, non-formal education regarding trafficking, farming, ways to improve their daily life and insight into how not become a target for opportunists.
Our Itinerary (tenative)
******* TOTAL TRIP COST: $3,500 all inclusive.
This includes travel from Washington, all hotels, meals, fees, etc. You will need to pay for your travel to Washington. If you are flying from the west coast we can book a flight from Los Angelas traveling west. We may be able to book a flight for you out of Houston also if that is more convenient. .
The only money you will need once we leave the USA is for souvenirs. Please note that we need to know as early as possible how many will be traveling to get the best rates on flights. We will have to increase the rate to $3,750 to those who cannot commit to travel until after August 31, 2014 as our cost will go up for tickets.
We know that this is an expensive trip! Our transportation costs alone account for well over 60% of our total cost. Still this is not only a value at this price, but it is going to be the trip of a lifetime!
Please consider joining us. We need doctors, nurses, organizers, those with pharmacy experience, laypersons, PA’s, NP’s. We especially hope to do dental care and perhaps even cataract surgeries.