Binaytara Foundation: Advocate, Educate, Innovate to Improve Healthcare

Welcome Aaron! The Binaytara Foundation’s New Development Director

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We’re happy to announce Aaron Weinberg has joined our team as the first Development Director for the Binaytara Foundation. Aaron has for the last six years been a reporter for the Skagit Valley Herald daily newspaper. There, he focused his reporting on topics of healthcare, business and nonprofits. Aaron will utilize his reporting and writing skills to help expand BTF programs by securing additional funding through grants and sponsorships. He’ll also use his public relations background to spread awareness of the organization.

We asked Aaron a few questions about himself and what he will be doing for the Foundation:

How did you hear about the Binaytara Foundation, and why did you decide to pursue a position with us?

I first heard about the Foundation about a year ago when I was a reporter at a local newspaper. I had received a new tip about BTF’s project to help establish the first bone marrow transplant center in Nepal. It’s not often a local doctor undertakes such an impactful project. While interviewing Dr. Binay Shah for an article, I was instantly impressed by his ambition and drive to help those less fortunate. A year later, I decided to pursue the position of development director because I wanted to help expand BTF’s vital programs any way that I could. I’m honored to be chosen for the position and have enjoyed working with the BTF team over the last couple weeks.

What are you currently working on?

For the next few weeks I’ll be working on securing sponsors for our Northwest Cancer Patient Summit in February, and for our 2018 Summit on National & Global Cancer Health Disparities in April. I’ll also be bolstering our social media presence, planning fundraising events, submitting press releases, and more!

What do you look forward to doing the most as Development Director?

I’m most looking forward to hitting our first fundraising goal. Once reached, we will be able to train more doctors and nurses for our India Home Hospice program. There will be a lot of hard work in between that, but I believe that our donors will make it happen!

We’re very grateful to have Aaron join our team!

Happy 10th Birthday, Binaytara Foundation!

On October 30, 2007, the Binaytara Foundation (BTF) became a registered non-profit charity in Chicago Illinois. The Foundation and its projects have grown exponentially to help cancer patients around the world since then. Your support, whether it be following us on social media, sharing our stories and projects, volunteering, or making a donation, has allowed the Binaytara Foundation to help thousands of people over the years. Thank you for all of this support! We’d like to share with you some of the Foundation’s major accomplishments over the years…

2007 – BTF was incorporated in Illinois as a non-profit. The Foundation offered scholarships for students from marginalized communities in Mahottari, Nepal.

2008 – BTF started providing research grants to medical students and young physicians in developing countries.

2010 – BTF started weekly telemedicine sessions with Manipal Medical College in Nepal. 

2011 – BTF organized two hematology conferences in Nepal.

2013 – BTF organized the largest hematologic malignancies conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, and stated a live-interactive and web-based hematology review course for physicians in developing countries.

2013 – The Foundation also started organizing hematology and oncology conferences in Idaho, USA.

2014 – BTF formed a collaboration with the University of Illinois and the Government of Nepal to establish the first Bone Marrow Transplant Center in Nepal. The Foundation sponsored the training of three physicians and one nurse for this center.

2014 – BTF created a campaign and offered free cervical cancer screenings for low-income women in rural Nepal.

2015 – BTF supported survivors of the deadly Nepal Earthquake by donating funds to create temporary housing.

2016 – BTF moved it’s headquarters to Bellingham, WA

2016 – BTF established a home hospice program in Patan, Nepal

2016 – The Foundation formed a partnership with the government of Madhya Pradesh, India to start hospice and palliative care programs which will extend throughout the state.

2017 – BTF started Washington State programs: the Northwest Cancer Summit and Advancing Cancer Care for the Economically Stressed (ACCES). The Northwest Cancer Summit is an educational meeting for cancer patients and their loved ones to learn more about various aspects of cancer. ACCES is a program which currently helps low-income cancer patients access childcare so they don’t miss any treatments.

2017 – BTF started the Home Hospice Partnership for Nepal. Under this program, BTF provides training for physicians in Nepal to start new hospice and palliative care services.

What’s next for the Binaytara Foundation?

The BTF will continue its efforts to improve the quality of life of cancer patients through Advocacy, Education, and Innovation. The 2018 Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparities (#SCHD18) is the BTF’s latest effort to bring together all stakeholders in cancer health to discuss and debate issues surrounding cancer health disparities, and to create a momentum to minimize those disparities.

The Foundation is also expanding its existing programs. The Northwest Cancer Summit, designed to educate and empower cancer patients and their families, will occur with more frequency in 2018; we are also exploring the possibility of expanding the BTF ACCES program which was originally started to help low-income cancer patients in Washington state access cancer care by helping them with childcare.

Thank you to our supporters!

We at BTF are incredibly thankful to those who have supported us over the years. These projects wouldn’t have been possible without the many volunteers and donors who are passionate about helping BTF advocate, educate, and innovate to improve healthcare. Please stay in touch with us as we continue to grow!

 

Welcome, Kelsey! Our Health Education Intern

We at the Binaytara Foundation are excited to have Kelsey Landeis joining us this fall as our Health Education Intern! Kelsey comes to us from Western Washington University, and will complete a full-time, ten week internship. Kelsey is half way through her fourth week of the internship.

We asked Kelsey a few questions about herself and the internship.

Why did you decide to become a Community Health Education major at Western?

“I decided I wanted to be a community health education major because I like how the major involved health-related topics and focused on hands on work to make a positive impact in the community through preventive care. I felt like this program was a good way to set me up for a career that would be interesting, fulfilling, and help make a difference in the community and around the world.”

How did you hear about the Binaytara Foundation, and why did you decide to do your internship here?

“I first heard about the Binaytara Foundation when Bryli did a presentation on program planning in one of my community health classes. I later found out they were looking for an intern, so I went and met with Bryli, and later Binay and Tara. I decided to do my internship here because I like the purpose behind the organization and I enjoyed how everyone involved seemed passionate about what they did, and about making a difference in people’s lives.”

What are you currently working on?

“Right  now I am planning the Northwest Cancer Patient Summit (#NWCS) which is being held early next year. In addition, I am researching the effects of cancer on patients and trying to identify needs that aren’t being met in cancer patients.”

How do you think you will benefit from working with the Binaytara Foundation?

“Throughout my time at the Binaytara Foundation I think I will learn what it takes to plan an educational program and the challenges that come with it, as well as refine my skills as a researcher and learn how to work more independently.”

We’re so glad we get to work with Kelsey this fall! Make sure to check out our website periodically for other internship opportunities with the Binaytara Foundation!

Intern Kelsey (left) and Assistant to the Executive Director Bryli (right) in the office.

 

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