NEPAL CLEFT AND BURN CENTER
Part of Tibet Rug Company’s mission is to serve the local community and Jim Webber chose to focus on delivering medical care to the poor of Nepal; particularly those in remote, rural areas. By working with Interplast, a humanitarian organization that sends surgical teams to perform reconstructive procedures, Tibet Rug Company funded Nepal's first speech therapy program in 2001.
Seeing the effect that rehabilitation had on a patient's quality of life, Jim began to wonder how he could help build a future, self sustaining health care infrastructure for the underserved population of Nepal. With the support of other rug importers and private donors, he established the Nepal Cleft and Burn Center in 2002. Its mission was to build Nepal's first teaching hospital specializing in deformity-correcting reconstructive surgery
Thanks to private contributions, carpet industry support, annual Salt Lake City fundraisers, and tireless work by volunteers on both sides of the world, the Nepal Cleft and Burn Center held it's official opening in March, 2014. The 16,000 square foot hospital is staffed by Nepali physicians lead by Dr. Shankar Rai, recipient of the Nathan Davis Award for Humanitarian Service from the American Medical Association.
The Nepal Cleft & Burn Center has become Nepal's premiere acute burn treatment facility. It is also the country's only teaching hospital for Nepali physicians for our life changing surgeries.
In March of 2018 an official groundbreaking ceremony was held in the Terai Region of Southeast Nepal for the 2nd Nepal Cleft and Burn Center facility. Although the very definition of a grass roots organization, The Nepal Cleft and Burn Center is impacting the medical infrastructure of an entire nation and countless lives in the process. Since we began raising funds in 2006, over 96% of donations have gone to the project. Please consider making a donation to NC&BC. Visit our website at www.nepalcleftandburncenter.org.