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Nepal-Rokpa Soup Kitchen

Project Name:ROKPA Soup Kitchen
Date Posted:29/08/2006
Date Updated:16/06/2008
City/Town:Kathmandu, Boudha
Commitment:Every winter, from mid December to beginning of March, Minimum of 6 weeks
People Needed:8
Description:Various Tasks (distributing food, medical care)
Contact Person:ROKPA INTERNATIONAL, Eva Tobler
Phone::+41 44 262 68 88

The Organization:

“Rokpa" is the Tibetan word for "to help" or "to serve". ROKPA INTERNATIONAL is a charity founded in 1980 by its President Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan meditation master and doctor and by Ms. Lea Wyler, its Vice-President, a Swiss actress, together with her father, Dr. Veit Wyler. The international headquarters are in Zurich, Switzerland with national headquarters and branches in 18 countries. ROKPA INTERNATIONAL helps and supports people in need irrespective of their nationality, religion or cultural background. As a charity it is totally non-political.
ROKPA supports more than 140 projects in Tibet, Nepal, Zimbabwe

Description of the Soup Kitchen Project:

During the three winter months, December to beginning of March, the poorest people in Nepal suffer the most. At night temperatures can drop to freezing. Many of the poor have no roofs over their heads and have no protection against the cold. Combined with malnutrition, contagious diseases, insufficient clothing and the severe air pollution the consequence is sickness and often death.

In 1990 ROKPA established the soup kitchen in Boudha in a part of Kathmandu. Every day during the winter two meals are distributed. Breakfast consists of hot milky tea and warm bread, lunch mostly of the so-called Dhaal Bhaat, which is the national meal of Nepal containing rice, lentils and vegetables. On a crowded day up to 800 meals are served. Food and firewood are purchased locally. Warm clothes are distributed to people in need. The work involved is accomplished by local people (e.g. cooks) together with volunteers from all over the world. Every year up to 25 helpers come to Kathmandu to work on a voluntary basis for at least six weeks. Eight volunteers are needed at the same time.

At the small medical tent, which is included in the soup kitchen, first aid is provided by volunteers who have a professional medical education. Smaller injuries and wounds are treated there, but patients with severe illnesses or who need special treatments are sent to a hospital nearby where they receive medical treatment for free or on a very low price.