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Featured Volunteer: John Davis

The Binaytara Foundation works with many volunteers on our projects. Today we wanted to give a special shout-out to John Davis of Wisconsin. He has made many of our recent designs for Facebook and Twitter. John is a talented graphic designer; he also enjoys web design and art in general. We asked him a few questions about working with us at the Binaytara Foundation.

How did you find out about the Binaytara Foundation?
The website Volunteermatch, a great resource for finding nonprofits that need help not with just what I do, but pretty much anything really.
What do you like about working with the Binaytara Foundation?
The people that I’ve talked to and keep in contact with seem very nice, and appreciate the work that I do.
Plus I get to give back to the community by doing what I enjoy.
How will volunteering with the Binaytara Foundation help you in your professional career? 
The whole point of the volunteering work that I’m doing was not just to give back, but also to get something in return. It was my hope to get more experience in the workforce, practicing my craft, honing my skills. Hopefully creating somethings that are good enough to go into a portfolio so that at some point I can get a paying job. So far working with the Binaytara foundation has been very fun.
You’ll be seeing more of John’s work very soon. In the meantime, click here to check out his personal portfolio.

Nurses Leaving for Madhya Pradesh training in January

Written by Aaron Weinberg, Development Director

We are pleased to announce that we are sending a pair of nurses to Madhya Pradesh, India, to train instructors for our hospice and palliative care center. Valerie Loftin and Connie Alexander, both nurses at Horizon Home Health & Hospice in Southwest Idaho, will take separate trips this month to the city of Ujjain, where they will each train several nurses for the center. This center will soon serve as a training hub for physicians and nurses to learn hospice and palliative care and establish their own programs throughout the region.

Loftin will fly out first on Jan. 5, 2018. We caught up with her before her trip for a quick Q&A:

Why did you decide to take this journey?

I want to be able to help others in need. I believe in the right to pass comfortably and with dignity. Everyone in the world should have that right.

How have you prepared for your stay?

I’ve focused on learning the culture of India through reading some books. I’ve also talked to a few people from India. It’s a totally different culture and I’m preparing myself for what’s acceptable and what’s not.

How will you train the nurses?

There will be six or seven nurses there. For the educational part of it, we’ve developed PowerPoint presentations and other materials. Horizon Home Health & Hospice is also donating a package of nursing tools for each trainee. That’ll include things like stethoscopes, blood press monitors, and others items.

What do you hope to get out of it personally?

I’m looking forward to the experience of interacting with other cultures and religions. As for what I hope to gain personally, I’m not really doing it for myself. I want to help those suffering needlessly without hospice or palliative care. 

Valerie Loftin, Horizon Home Health and Hospice

2017 Hospice and Palliative Care Summit

Before the Summit, Dr. Binay Shah (right) visited the B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, the school he attended while living in Nepal. There he was given the Outstanding BPKIHS Alumni Award.

The Binaytara Foundation recently organized the first Hospice and Palliative Care Summit in Janakpur, Nepal. The event took place on November 24th at Masala Cottage, and was attended by more then 50 physicians.

Dr. Binay Shah was joined by Dr. Ajay Mishra from our Janakpur Home Hospice Partnership, and Dr. Yogendra Singh, Chief of Surgery at Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine. Topics included general hospice and palliative care concepts, pain management, and eligibility for hospice and palliative care.

The Mayor of Janakpur, Mr. Lal Kishor Sah, attended the event and thanked BTF for providing hospice and palliative care services. The city plans to offer resources in order to expand the current program.

To learn more about BTF’s hospice programs and more, visit the Foundation’s website at


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