Hari Bhandary

A Story of Vision, Friends, Hard Work, and Extraordinary Accomplishment

I was born in Madi, Nepal, on March 8, 1970, and grew up in the village of Meghauli, Nepal.

At age seventeen, having completed my education, I went to Kathmandu seeking employment. I got a job in a hydroelectric project plant and started saving money. Two years later, in 1989, I returned to Meghauli and I purchased a parcel of land and built a small guesthouse. In my spare time I taught and tutored children whose parents could not afford to send them to school.

One morning in 1990, in my guesthouse, was a man from Germany and several Nepali, their objective was to improve living conditions of the poor, and treat people with leprosy and other disabilities. I decided to join them in their quest. After a year I left and formed a new organisation, Shanti Sewa Ghriha, to construct a hospital and rehabilitation center in Kathmandu, to help economically and physically handicapped persons assimilate into productive society. Our hospital received its registration paper on July 22, 1992. We immediately began providing medical services.

At only 22, many organizations were coming to me, offering opportunities. It was a difficult time for me, having to choose between my professional development, and the clinic. A hard but valuable lesson I learned during this time was that I needed to protect my vision, in order to be able to implement it.

In 1996, I dedicated myself to fulfilling my vision of a Primary Health Care clinic in Meghauli. To raise funds for the clinic, I sold personal possessions and sought contributions from my family, villagers, friends and organizations abroad. A British gentleman and his wife, (Peter and Beryl Shore) whom I had helped when they were lost in Nepal, raised money among his own family members and others in the United Kingdom.

Clinic Nepal started in 1997. Out of this organization, many projects quickly evolved to improve health, sanitation, access to clean water, and education in Meghauli.

Meghauli's Future - For now, my primary goal is to help assure the continued viability of Clinic Nepal and its many community health projects. There is great need for a hospital on the grounds of Friendship Clinic, so that patients with serious medical needs can be treated closer to home. The hospital will need to be able to sustain itself financially. Additionally, as time goes on, I hope to see less dependence on foreign expertise, as native Nepali gain the knowledge and experience required to operate these medical and educational facilities on our own. But participation from volunteers, sponsors, and other supporters from around the world will always be welcome in Meghauli. International cooperation and involvement in these projects creates opportunity for all participants to continue to learn from one another.

I am grateful for the support and encouragement of friends from the United Kingdom, Germany, Gibraltar, United States, Spain, Malaysia, Australia, and from many other places, for helping me to realize bold visions and initiatives for my village.