Founder members of SDON have just returned to Ireland from Kathmandu with certificates that confirm that we are now a fully registered Non-Governmental organisation in Nepal.
This visit threw up some surprises but we are now excited to report that progress has been made that will help the dogs there, our future plans and most importantly the formation of an 8 person committee comprising 7 Nepalese enthusiastic volunteers including myself as an honorary member.
2006 UNTIL NOW
Many of you are well aware of our humble beginnings in 2006 when I visited the Swayambunath Stupa in Kathmandu and witnessed the untold suffering of the street dogs residing there. I had contacted Rai Dhanraj (para-Vet] and had left him money to help them. This connection led to our small centre in Naicap being set up to accommodate the street dogs unable to fend for themselves on the streets.
Vets were employed, street dogs were fed, operations performed and some of our older dogs have since passed on. The centre at the moment has 10 dogs, one of which was a paralysed pup I found in Thamel lying on a step at the side of the road. He is recovering now and is amazingly standing up again, hopefully he will be running soon. It would break your heart as every time you go walking in Thamel you could find a suffering and starving animal needing help.
For the last four years this centre has sufficed as a base of operations. Hundreds of animals have been helped to survive and recover. Irish people donated leads, medicines and answered requests for supplies,we carried these over when we travelled as post to Nepal invariably goes missing. However, the Naicap’s centres very close proximity to a slaughter house for pigs made me personally feel it was not ideal as a location after some incidents I witnessed and was upset by. Also the lease on the land was limited . We ultimately rented a bigger site locally a year ago with the expectation of building a bigger centre there.
SDON has raised donations in Europe and the USA and to date since 2006 over 21,000 euro has been spent in fully funding the Naicap Centre. We built lodgings for the dogs, purchased cages, fed the dogs locally on a regular basis and paid the employees. The centre is well stocked with Veterinary medicines from Ireland . We thank Rai Dhanraj for his management of the centre for SDON to date.
We have now agreed to hand this up and running centre to Rai Dhanraj to continue managing. Rai is glad to accept the commitment and is happy to take over the small centre as it stands. We wish him the best in this endeavour. The new SDON NGO however are planning to purchase a new site that will be a permanent fixture in the Valley as this was the original plan that had been put on hold. The registration of SDON as an NGO has allowed us to try and accomplish this aim.[Only Nepalese can purchase land in Nepal]
FUNDING FOR THE NEW CENTRE.
A renewed continuous effort will be required to fund the new site and the building work. All future donations will be directed towards the new second centre. Already our new enthusiastic committee are searching to locate a site for us to develop.
We will keep you updated with our website www.streetdogsofnepal.org.
We wish Rai Dhanraj the best with his care of the Naicap centre dogs.
Thank you for your continued support.
From Sandesh, Nabin, Ram, Hari, Tika, Hera, Dimon and myself,
Committee of Street Dogs of Nepal.
Registered NGO no 1079.