Opening a Rehabilitation Center in Nepal
Hello and Namaste from Nepal
My name is Iman Lama. I am an ex-drug user but I have been sober for the last 13 years and I have been working actively since the past 11 years and still working as a motivational speaker and simultaneously worked with users in many rehab centers.
My upbringing was not one of those lucky ones. Domestic violence had a great impact on me as a child, forcing me to fearfully run away from a somewhat normal childhood. I ran and ran until I finally found comfort in drugs. Before I knew of it, I had become a drug addict with only limited knowledge of the consequences it had for myself and everyone around me. Eventually, my family helped me into a treatment facility. This is where I had the first ‘taste of life’ – exploring what life could be without drugs. Till now, I have never looked back.
I have been sober and clean for the last 13 years and have worked actively as a motivational speaker in my work with the addicts placed in some of the many rehabilitation centers of Nepal.
The first work I ever did revolved around the street kids of Kathmandu who were already familiar with inhalant drugs. I asked myself: How can I help these children? The first step of my journey was opening a drop in center for them where they could come and have lunch and quality time in a safe environment. With the help of my friends and family, I have now been running a children's home for more than 11 years.
The home exists to this very day and is run by myself and my dear wife Bini Lama. The home is known as the Lotus Family Foundation. You can read more about this at www.lotusfamilyfoundationnepal.org.
Now, with several years of experience and knowledge within the field of drug abuse, addiction and rehabilitation – on both a personal and professional scale, I have finally decided to go ahead and open up a small rehabilitation center – a long term dream of mine. The center will be run by myself and my fellow brother, who is also a former addict. By opening this center, we wish to uplift the Nepalese society from drugs and alcohol and along the way work towards helping people come out of addiction.
Drugs and alcohol abuse are a major problem in Nepal and the numbers of addicts are increasing on a daily scale. It is particularly the younger generations who find themselves becoming addicts. The issue of addiction in Nepal is not just about a particular individual. Rather, it must be perceived as a universal concern where we need to see the bigger picture and the vision for the people who have already been victims of a ‘hypothetical’ society.
The major issue pertains not only to providing a treatment facility and making addicts become sober. It is also about enhancing their life perspectives, making them capable of seeing and feeling what life really means.
The types of therapy we wish to provide at the center
Addiction treatment commonly consists of a combination of group and individual therapy sessions that focus on teaching those in recovery the skills needed to get and stay sober as well as how to navigate various situations without turning to drugs or alcohol. Behavioral therapy is perhaps the most commonly utilized treatment component used during substance rehabilitation. A general behavioral therapeutic approach has been adapted into a variety of effective techniques that we wish to implement in our day-to-day treatment of addicts coming to our facility.
Our rehabilitation program plans to provide treatment for those who need it the most. In particular, we wish to get involved with people who come from the lower cast families of Nepal, where treatment lies far beyond their imagination in terms of both financial means and capacity. By including these people in our treatment program, we wish to spark to hope in them and create a solid foundation from which they can get the skills required to sustain a healthy life in society.
The Rehabilitation Center and progress so far
We are currently in process of constructing the center with the space of 14 rooms We have the capacity of taking in 50 people but we have only been able to build 10 bunk beds right now due to lack of finances. This means that we can only take in 20 people at the moment.
To operate the treatment center, we already have people standing by who wish to be helping us as volunteers. These are a mix of former drug users interested in promoting our cause as well as people with much different backgrounds.
In the last month, we have managed to finish making fences, leveling the ground, making bunkbeds, putting grills on the windows and making a table and sofa for the main office.
However... We still need your financial support!
We currently seek funds to arrange, decorate and prepare the following rooms and elements in order to be a fully functioning rehabilitation center:
1) The remaining bunkbeds
2) Detox room
3) Clinic room and medicine
4) Kitchen room and dining hall
5) Meditation room
6) Sleeping rooms
7) House rent
8) Food for users and staff
For all rooms, we still need to buy paint and furniture. Specifically, for the clinic and detox rooms we need utensils. For the sleeping rooms, we already have some linen, pillows and blankets but need more. For the kitchen we need a refrigerator, kitchen equipment, plates and cutlery. Finally, we need financial support in order to cover our rent as well as food expenses.
In order for me to achieve above-mentioned goals, I seek financial support from the good people out there. Based on current price markets of Kathmandu, the amount I am currently crowdfunding for equals to approximately 5.000 Euro, but I am willing to accept any amount of financial support and donation for this humanitarian project that I am about to start.
I would like to thank all the good people out there from the bottom of my heart in advance and I promise to update my upcoming progress for this project with all of you. Thank you once again.
Namaste from Nepal
Sincerely, Iman Lama