Daya Bir Singh Kansakar
The pioneer of the institution of social work in Nepal, Daya Bir Singh Kansakar is also the first blood donor of the country. Born into a middle class family, on 22nd Baisakh, 1968 B.S, his personality was molded by the Buddhist traditions and culture that his parents practiced at home. His father’s words “do work that helps protect the lives of many people” had made a deep impression on him guiding all of his decisions and helping him to get popularity and fame in his country (Nepal).
Although he only received formal education up to class 8, his thirst for knowledge knew no limitations. Interested in social work since his childhood days, he started numerous initiatives with the aim of lending a helping hand in his community.
During the time when Cholera hit Nepal in the 1940s, Daya Bir had opened a free first aid center in his Kelo tole already. Education, at that time was still a privilege and the most of the people weren’t prepared for the attack, as a result, it spread as a calamity. People came to Kansakar for medical advice and assistance. Many people had died of the disease about which they had misconception that water is harmful during it which resulted in death of many due to thirst. Among the many patients, whom he could not help, there was one child who looked comparatively healthy. He brought the child home and despite of his family’s disapproval, cared for the child, sending all of his family members to their maternal home. The child was brought back to health with his intense and dedicated care.
Once when he had gone to Bir Hospital to visit his friend, he saw a woman sobbing uncontrollably. Her sick son needed fresh blood or else he would die. When he suggested her to give her own blood, she cried even more saying she too, might died because of that. He, then, gave his own blood to the child making himself the first blood donor of Nepal in 2000 B.S.
He established Paropakar Organization, the first welfare – oriented non government organization in Nepal, which got approval from the then Rana government in 2000 B.S. for opening Paropakar Dispensary. However, they had continued to keep a close watch to make sure the organization does not get involved in revolutionary activities.
Paropakar Ambulance Service was established and operated from 2010 B.S. which saved countless lives adding efficiency to medical services. He also organized Paropakar Blood Donation Campaigns from 2018 B.S. and also, the Paropakar Shree Panch Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi Prasuti Ghriya, a maternity home, in 2016 B.S.
He was also offered the post of Health Minister, twice, which he let slide as he was more focused on social work. He also established an orphanage for the children with 25 beds for which King Mahendra provided 25 ropanies of land. From hospital to orphanage to school, Paropakar Sanstha had established it all.
His list of achievements knows no bound. He was appointed as a member of the standing committee in the Raj Shabha in 2020 B.S, was founding member of Nepal Red Cross Society, and co – operative organization, Karuna Ka:Pa Karkhana – a cloth factory with the objective of promoting Nepalese Cottage Industries. He was also the board member of the Department of Cottage Industries of HMG – Nepal and the founder member of Nepal Handicrafts Industries Association. He was also the honorary, lifelong Chairman of Swayambhu Development Board for his exemplary spirit and compassion for others. For his immense contribution, he had been awarded with Gorkha Dakshin Bahu in 2013 B.S, the Prabal Gorkha Bahu in 2016 B.S, and the Prasiddha Prabal Gorkha dakshin Bahu in 2056 B.S to being honored by the then Mayor of Kathmandu, Keshav Sthapit, as the first blood donor and pioneer social worker in 2054 B.S. along with many other honors and rewards. The great personality left behind his wife Chandra Laxmi, five sons and three daughters and thousands of people related to him as the Paropakar family after his death in February 2001 A.D.