This is a story of assistant engineer Buddha Bhakta Pradhan from Chautara, Sindhupalchok, a caring father of four daughters and one son. He survived the earthquake but now has stomach cancer. He often says, 'We all have to die one day, why fear? There is nothing you take with you when you die anyway.' Buddha Bhakta has been working in development for most of his life. He walks through very rough terrain in the mountains as part of his job. He has helped build roads and bridges, schools and clinics, and brought irrigation to the area. At times he has gone without food and sleep to get the work done. Many villages are now connected with roads, resulting in the relatively easy access for villagers to transport and services. Following the earthquake Buddha Bhakta never thought of his own house first, but went to the villages to help rebuild schools and bridges.
The family knew that he was suffering from a liver problem and was not physically fit to do a job like this. He became ill several times while he was in the field. One and a half years ago, he vomited blood and fainted, but did not tell his family because he did not want them to worry. Instead, he continued his work. There is no health insurance system in Nepal, and all treatment needs to be paid for. His salary ($250 per month) nowhere nearly covers this treatment. His family has asked him several times to settle in Kathmandu, and he could have done so, but chose to continue to work for the people of Sindhupalchok.
Buddha Bhakta still wants to do some unfinished work in the villages that were devastated by the earthquake. The villagers do not want to lose their dedicated development worker. It is so difficult to bear the pain of waiting for someone in the family to die. We know that he does not have much time to live but we believe that with appropriate treatment he can extend his life for some time. As long as there is life, there is hope. So this is a humble request, to those who are able, to donate to extend his life. This request is not just for his life, but also for the people suffering from the earthquake in the villages of Sindhupalchok and the construction projects to be completed. All help received will be spent for the treatment of Buddha Bhakta Pradhan, so that he can survive.
Buddha's is currently being treated in Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, and this fund will cover the cost of Chemotherapy, Radiation, Surgeries, Labs and Hospital bills.
We are immensely grateful for any amount contributed - and we will keep you updated on his progress and on how the money is being spent.
Thank you so much!!!
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