Consider the Adult Orphan
We all want to help the hungry and homeless children. What happens if such a child fights and struggles to adulthood? Did the effects of malnourishment during formative years necessarily go away? Is the adult orphan, without familial roles to make introductions into the social fabric, always magically able to forge personal and business relationships and eke out a living?
Or, when a child reaches a certain age, is the aid cut off and they are then left to falter? It seems long-term success should really be the goal.
Meet Rudra Adhikari
Rudra is a young adult living in Nepal. He has overcome great odds, but is now facing a medical challenge that hard work and persistence will not touch. He was rescued by Friends of Needy Children as a severely malnourished and homeless orphan.
Rudra has impressed many people with his efforts to survive and better himself against all odds. Recently he completed his Bachelors of Travel and Tourism Management degree, from the National Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, with high marks.
But some form of yet undiagnosed bone disease, is threatening to take all of his accomplishments from him. The swelling of the fingers, hands, and wrists in the pictures, is actually in the bone. There is also swelling in one leg, below the knee, and in both feet and ankles. It makes it difficult for him to walk or to stand for long. He must travel by bus to work an hour each way, and stand the whole time. He must cover himself with full-body clothing to avoid numerous questions about the disfigurement and to protect his job.
The condition is progressively getting worse. He had an MRI done three years ago, but the doctors were not able to make a diagnosis and he cannot afford the necessary additional diagnostics and medical care. His life is surely in danger from this undiagnosed apparent disease of the bone.
Multiple people have written amazing letters of reference for this 23-year-old man. He has shown academic skill and leadership qualities. He is honest and hard-working. He needs medical care for this condition to secure and stabilize his bright future.
About Me and PRV, LLC
I am the manager of a small company in Colorado that primarily has done ad-hoc small writing (one published book and another on the way) and hardware/software technology development. For the last couple of years I have also provided transportation and respite care for the developmentally disabled.
My role in this effort is to assist Rudra in getting the medical care he needs. It is not possible to do a Kickstarter or Indiegogo project from Nepal, even if you have the language and technical skills. Further, Rudra needs someone to help advocate for him regarding the medical care. To this end, I (we) can research the condition and discuss with doctors, collect any contributions through crowd funding, and engage with medical providers in Nepal. If necessary, there is a window where I can even travel to Nepal and disburse money directly to medical providers (and document with receipts on a project website). The diagnosis, prognosis, and medical progress made by Rudra can be shared with a community of supporters. What I cannot do alone, is fund any diagnostics and medical care.
From travels in Asia and Latin America, I can appreciate the extreme poverty that Rudra is navigating, with what could be a potentially life-threatening condition if left untreated. We can help stabilize this young man's life.
What He Needs & What You Get
It is possible to communicate by phone and email and arrange the necessary medical diagnostics and treatment. Since my PayPal account is being used for the campaign, there is liability to bear for accepting funds on Rudra's behalf. It would be ideal in terms of financial responsibility and ability to advocate, to travel to Nepal to disburse funds directly to providers, but that cost would likely consume about $5,000 of any collected monies.
For that reason, my strategy is to research and then contact competitively-priced medical providers directly, and then have receipts and medical results (with Rudra's permission) emailed to me. The receipts can be available as an audit trail to contributors. The medical records can be reviewed by local specialists in the U.S. (paid for by contributions). By researching providers and directly contacting them, it should be possible to avoid the travel cost (subject to Indiegogo approval).
Any unused money in that budget will go to Rudra's medical care. I believe that the target $10,000 is a minimum to accomplish the diagnosis and treatment of a long-term bone disease. Until diagnosis, there is of course no idea as to the costs for treatment.
Any money above the cost for diagnosis, will be used for treatment. Should any money from the campaign remain after successful treatment, that will go into a fund toward tuition and books for Rudra's graduate studies. He desires to pursue an MBA.
As part of a successful campaign, a website will be set up where contributors can visit and see the progress in the effort. Follow along as he navigates the medical system, completes the diagnostics and receives the treatment. Though not posted on the site, full scanned receipts shall be available to any contributor that requests them.
You've heard the story of a man walking along the beach. He saw a young man trotting down the beach from the other direction. The tide had gone out, stranding numerous starfish (or maybe sand dollars) on the beach. The young man was picking up each one and throwing it back into the ocean. When the young man came near, the man spoke to him as he held a one ready to toss.
He asked, "What does that matter? There are so many of them and they will always be washing up on the shore...you can't make a difference."
The young man smiled and simply responded:
"I can for this one."
The goal here is simple, to help one...one who has fought hard to make it this far...successfully make it into young adulthood.
Other Ways You Can Help
Based on the initial MRI, the doctors were not able to make a diagnosis. If you are a doctor or if you have some insight into what this condition may be, that knowledge can be very helpful! Please contact me.
Another way to help is by promoting this campaign on your social networking sites and what-not. Time is not our friend here. There is a lot of desperation in Rudra's communications.