Nepal Earthquake – Thursday April 30 Update

Sometimes pictures tell the story better than a thousand words.  Here’s an update from SIRC and the surrounding area today.

You all think it is me that is pulling this blog together, but it is in fact the great people of Nepal who tell me about the good things that are happening during their day.  All I do is share them with you.

Thank you Helping Hand earthquake relief group for your supplies of blanket,bedsheet,rice and other essential supply for our patients at SIRC.

Thank you Helping Hand earthquake relief group for your supplies of blanket,bedsheet,rice and other essential supply for our patients at SIRC.

Dr. Ram and the Dhulikhel hospital team. Dhulikhel is 20 minutes from the SIRC facility and is the primary acute care hospital that is taking many casualties from the decimated Sindhupalchowk region.

Over 1000 patients with all kinds of acute care needs have been attended to. First priority children, then adults then those who are Spinally injured. Great to see SIRC and Dhulikhel Hospital so well coordinated.

Kanak Mani Dixit, founder of SIRC getting an update from Dr Ram of Dhulikhel.

Kanak Mani Dixit, founder of SIRC getting an update from Dr Ram of Dhulikhel.

Patients beds in the hallway of the hospital

Patients beds in the hallway of the hospital

Patients of all ages - old

Patients of all ages – old

Patients of all ages - and young.  This little one has a broken leg.

Patients of all ages – and young. This little one has a broken leg.

Brushing this patient's teeth.

Brushing this patient’s teeth.

Distribution of over 1000 food packages to feed a family  of 5 for one week by Rotaract KU, Rotary of Dhulikhel and Goodwill Community Foundation USA around the Banepa area.  The food container includes rice, daal, cereals, oil, plates, spoon, spices, sugar, salt, jug and a bucket.  My friend Shree was instrumental in organizing the distribution of this food which was bought locally, supporting the local community whilst helping those in need.

Putting the food & other items together in the buckets.

Putting the food & other items together in the buckets.

Loading the buses before making the deliveries

Loading the buses before making the deliveries

Big crowds turn out to receive the food packages.

Big crowds turn out to receive the food packages.

A happy recipient of the food packages

A happy recipient of the food packages

Namaste and Dhanybad from an old man

Namaste and Dhanybad from an old man

Shree (3rd left) with the Rotary sign

Shree (3rd left) with the Rotary sign

Youtube footage of the arrival of a cargo plane carrying 35 tons of MSF’s medical and logistics supplies, including an inflatable field hospital, landed last night at Kathmandu’s airport. The initial part of the footage shows the damage sustained in Bhaktapur – where many of the SIRC staff live.  It is only 15 minute drive east to SIRC.

And finally a few photos of the vigil in Vancouver BC, Canada to let the Nepalese people now we are thinking of them.  Thanks to Anne Power for the photos.

Vancouver vigil 1

Vancouver vigil 2

Namaste.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. 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 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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4 Responses to Nepal Earthquake – Thursday April 30 Update

  1. Peter Wing says:

    Hi Kate – nice job again. Thanks for the illustrations. Peter

  2. Renée says:

    thankyou Kate for this informative and well done blog!!

  3. Pingback: Blog SCI Nepal | Spinal Cord Injury Collaboration | Nepal

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