A success – Telling a story: Living and Working in Nepal and Bangladesh Event

Check out Facebook for some photos and here for Letter to the Undercurrent.

A very successful event here on Bowen Island this afternoon. A total of 78 people turned out, far exceeding our expectations and heartwarming for us to see you all there.

A total of CAD$2,804 | NPR232,000 was the net amount raised. This equates to sponsoring One Patient for their Entire Rehabilitation Costs PLUS the purchase of Two Wheelchairs PLUS One Income Generating Kit. Wow! How very generous of you all. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making such a difference in the lives of these patients.

A huge thank you to our fabulous team of volunteers and all those who helped us make this event the success it was.

Jlonka Bally Brown
Renu Chaudhry
Peter Davies
Jacqui Massey
Kate Thomas-Peters
Bonnie Wright
Bowen Wright
Casey Wright
Curtis Wright
Dr Raju Dhakal
Dr Prakash Paudel
Bowen Island Arts Council
The Gallery, Artisan Square
Bowen Online -Phorum
The Undercurrent

Dr Peter Wing, Dr Claire Weeks and Kate Coffey

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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