Aarogya Foundation started with a humble beginning with two individuals sharing a common vision of service but coming from different backgrounds.
Ani Choying Dolma sadly lost her mother due to kidney failure, simply because there was no proper facility for kidney treatment in Nepal. The demise of her mother and circumstances leading to it stayed close to her heart; and then she had a dream. A personal dream to develop a centre in Nepal where kidney illness could be treated and and deaths prevented due to lack of services and resources.
Dr. Pukar Shrestha a transplant surgeon found a perfect equal in Ani-la and shared the same vision; to set up a service center within the reach of the common Nepali citizen. On one of his visits to Nepal while working in the prestigious Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom, he took up the challenge to save youths in their 20s and 30s, who were dying from organ failure in the country. He decided then, to resign from his Senior Registrar position at the Freeman Hospital with the UK government, and returned to Nepal to develop a transplant centre, of the same quality as UK, where Nepali patients could get affordable, life-saving treatment.
Thus began the foundation stone of the Aarogya Foundation when Dr. Pukar and Ani-la met and realized that by working together and combining their strengths, they could make their shared dreams a reality. They committed to jointly work to realize their common vision by combining their strengths in charity and specialty service. With the help and support of many dedicated people from various quarters and professional backgrounds, the Aarogya Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in 2010.
Aarogya’s main goal is to save the lives of patients suffering from organ failure, largely resulting from kidney failure. To achieve this goal, Aarogya Foundation carries out a range of important and live saving activities, from simple but vital awareness raising, to developing the necessary technical infrastructure currently lacking in Nepal.