2024 Project Story: Nepal

Nepal has long been known as a leprosy endemic country. Due to superstitions and myths about the disease, many individuals are afraid to interact with those who have leprosy in many cultures, including Nepal. In Nepalese society, individuals with leprosy experience limitations and restrictions in their not only their social lives, but also their access to basic resources such as healthcare, education, and employment. These stigmatizations affect their families as well.

The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Foundation (KRMEF) was established in 2010 to help support the environment, ecology, education for children, and help provide healthy and hygienic food. The KRMEF works closely with the leprosy colony in Khokana by inviting the children who live in the colony to their school and by providing them with food and medical supplies. Although the foundation provides help to anyone in need, they have a specific focus on helping those with leprosy.

This summer, HXP Builders will construct a student dining hall and kitchen for the foundation. This dining hall and kitchen will feed 186 children everyday. Currently, the foundation doesn’t have a proper dining room to feed these children, so they are currently feeding them either outside or in school classrooms. The foundation will grow by around 10-20% more children every year, so the dining hall is vital in order to provide more and more Nepalese children with sufficient meals each day.

Source: KRMEF