The challenges ahead for Nepal

I thought this article from  the BBC outlines pretty clearly the challenges Nepal will face in the days ahead.

As for SIRC, they are relatively self-sufficient having solar panels for electricity generation, their own water source and vegetables growing in the land that surrounds the centre.  As mentioned earlier, patients and staff are sleeping outside in tents tonight given the aftershocks – probably the safest place for them.  I have heard from other friends in the Banepa area, that the local schools are being used as temporary accommodation for those whose houses are badly damaged.  The strong aftershocks continue to be very scary.

What’s not known as yet is what supplies are on hand at SIRC – rice, flour etc in addition to the all important medical supplies that are needed for the spinally injured patients, whose health is tenuous at the best of times.  Another challenge will be the availability of staff – many of whom live in Kathmandu and may not as yet have been able to get home from Bhainsepati into the city to be with their own families.

It is just after 1am right now in Nepal so it will be another few hours before more updates are available.

In the meantime, I await to hear news from a dozen or so friends who I have not yet been able to connect with.  Keep them safe.

Some photos of the devastation in Kathmandu from Kanak:

Your thoughts and prayers for Nepal and it’s people are appreciated.

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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2 Responses to The challenges ahead for Nepal

  1. Debra Walsh says:

    Hi Kate, have you managed to reach your other friends yet? I hope they are ok. Have been watching BBC and am so saddened by the devastation and loss of life. What charity should I donate to that would make the most difference in this situation? Xo D

    Debra Walsh MEd. RCC 311-545 Clyde Ave West Vancouver BC V7T 1C5 604-341-5865


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