There are two young girls who live on Bowen Island, who have very kind hearts. Their names are Nalia and Florence and they felt rather privileged to live the life they do on our idyllic isle. They came up with an idea to share their games and toys with those less fortunate, as well as work to earn enough money to purchase arts & crafts supplies – they are creative spirits themselves.
Their Mum, Eva reached out to me, wondering if there was any way her daughters could send toys and games to the kids at the SCI Hostel, operated by the Spinal Cord Injury Network Nepal in Jorpati. I agreed, thinking there would be a small package to send. I clearly underestimated these girls!
A rather large suitcase landed on my front deck in a matter of days. It was my turn to get creative given the cost of shipping the gifts to Nepal. Fortunately, Dr Prakash Paudel one of the SpiNepal alumni was visiting from Nepal, and spending a few days with Drs Peter Wing and Claire Weeks on the west coast before continuing on to present at the Global Spine Congress in Toronto. What with one additional bag allowed for free, a little creative packing and a long trip to Kathmandu via Toronto, the suitcase of goodies arrived in Jorpati to the great delight of the few kids still there (school was finished for the year afterall).
As if this story is not good enough, it gets better.
Sumala Rai (age 14) is from eastern Nepal, a quadriplegic with minimal use of her hands. She has spent the past five months at SIRC receiving treatment and rehabilitation, and recently moved to the SCI Hostel. It became clear pretty quickly that the level of care Sumala needs, is more than the SCI Hostel could provide. Eager to find a good place for Sumala to live, a specialized home in Bhaktapur that can provide all she needs, has been located. Sumala’s expenses will be fully covered there.
Although Sumala does not have full use of her hands and arms, she still manages to draw and paint, something that she loves to do. So you can imagine her excitement to see the drawing and painting supplies gifted by Nalia and Florence. During her short stay at the SCI Hostel, Sumala has spent her time drawing and painting, taking advantage of the numerous art supplies generously donated by Nalia and Florence. Take a look at her artwork!
Sumala’s future gets even brighter. Her work has been recognized by a national daily newspaper and a Nepali foundation Karuna is sponsoring coaching from an art teacher to help develop Sumala’s talent further. In addition they are also funding her treatment costs.
This good news story, is in part thanks to the generosity and kindness of two young Bowen Island girls Nalia and Florence.