Amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, INF Nepal had a virtual ceremony to mark and celebrate the 68th year of INF serving in Nepal. Taking the precautionary measures and hosting through a digital platform made the celebration this year different from the previous ones. The celebration programme was organised from the rooftop of INF Nepal Central Office with the mountains on the backdrop was a refreshing experience for all. INF Nepal Board members, expatriate volunteers, guests and all the INF staff from ten working districts joined the meeting. All thanks to the technology that enabled all of us to come together and celebrate the special day.
This programme saw presentations from district programmes, hospitals and offices. The guest speaker was a famous motivational speaker Ramesh Prasai who despite his busy schedule joined and shared the remarkable thoughts and encouraging words for INF staff.
INF in Nepal
INF has served poor and disadvantaged people of Nepal through health and community development projects in some of Nepal’s poorest districts. The roots of INF go back to 1952 when a group of expatriate volunteers and Nepali walked from the Indian border to the Pokhara valley. Soon, with the permission from the Government of Nepal, INF setup up a health clinic and a few years later the ‘Shining Hospital’ – the first hospital in the western part of Nepal and that was the beginning of INF as we know it today.
Since its humble beginnings, INF has grown to be an organisation recognised for its innovative and successful approaches to health and development work. Since the establishment of the ‘Shining Hospital’ in 1954, INF has gone on to establish other hospitals and clinics across the western part of Nepal. Today, INF is serving in ten districts: Kaski, Surkhet, Banke, Kapilvastu, Dang, Jumla, Mugu, Bajura, Rolpa and Kalikot.