Who we are
Burn Violence Survivors-Nepal (BVS–Nepal) is a not for profit non-governmental organization established in 2008. Its main objective is to promote a holistic approach to supporting survivors of burns violence. This entails working with partners to provide quality medical and psychosocial care, whilst also promoting legal advocacy, vocational training and long term prevention strategies.
Burns violence whether from an acid attack, a homicide or a suicide attempt is a deeply tragic form of violence, with serious long term physical and psychological consequences. BVS-Nepal aims not only to help survivors with their immediate recovery but to help construct positive environments in which survivors can live with dignity. While there are no official statistics on burns violence, there is disturbing evidence that such violence is widespread and on the rise.
In 2010, BVS-Nepal initiated a ‘pilot project’ phase. The main objective of this is to set up and develop a specialist team consisting of counselors, a physiotherapist and nutritionist. Today we are able to provide medical, physiological and nutrition support to burns violence survivors. Furthermore, BVS-Nepal intends to provide legal counsel and advocacy, whilst also developing burn prevention training through our programs.
The second phase of the project would be to establish a rehabilitation home for burns survivors, where they will be provided post-hospital medical care, psycho- social support and vocational training.
Considering the extent of the needs: medical, surgical, legal or material-and the actual lack of support, in order to achieve our goals, BVS-Nepal aims at developing a solid partnership network with various governmental and private sector service providers. The aim is to partner with these organizations to provide both medical and psycho-socio support to victims and survivors of burns violence, this to the very poor who cannot afford these services themselves.
BVS - Nepal Board
BVS-Nepal is governed by a seven member-board, which meets regularly to provide policy and program guidelines.
- Ms. Pramada Shah – President
- Ms. Sulakshana Rana – Vice President
- Ms. Bishaka Shah – Treasurer
- Ms. Samjhana Kachyapati - General Secretary
- Mr. Samir Raj Gautam – Member
- Ms. Agya Pandey - Member
- Ms. Kohinoor Dahal – Member
Board of Advisors
- Dr. Piyush Dahal - Surgeon BIR Hospital, Kathmandu.
- Sister Nara Devi - Sister in charge, BIR Hospital, Kathmandu.
- Dr. Chaudhary - Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Kanti Children's Hospital, Kathmandu.
- Dr. Raju Raj Pandey - Plastic Surgeon, ASPATAL, Harrisiddhi, Lalitpur.
- Ms. Wendy Marston - Advisor.
- Ms. Alison Marston - Advisor.
- Laetitia Vanderstichelen - Volunteer Executive Director
- Rumi Rajbhandari - Program coordinator
- Rupa Dali Shrestha - Accountant.
- Bir Bahadur Lama - Counselor
- Narayan Bahadur Sharma - Counselor
- Nirvan Maharjan - Physiotherapist
- Maya Thapa - Field Staff
- Bir Hospital, Kathmandu Nepal
- Kanti Children Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Nepal Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Nepal Plastic Surgery Aspatal, Harisiddhi, Lalitpur
- Nepalgunj Medical College, Nepalgunj.
- SAATHI, Kathmandu, Nepal
- C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal,Shenpen Monastery Kathmandu, Nepal
- Help Society Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre (LACC), Kathmandu, Nepal
- Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), Kathmandu, Nepal
- Shakti Samuha, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Pairavi Nepal, Kapilavastu, Nepal
- Sancharika Samuha, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Association of Community Radio Broadcast Nepal (ACORAB),Kathmandu, Nepal
- Women Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), Kathmandu, Nepal