Nepal Earthquake – Friday morning May 1

There are some more updates regarding SIRC overnight so I thought I would link you to Peter & Claire’s blog, than repeat all the good things they have to say.  Check it out  here.

The doctors from Dhaka are on their way, loaded up with supplies.  Fingers crossed they arrive safely with all their boxes and get to SIRC as soon as possible.  On a Skype call with Esha last night, she told me the staff cannot wait for them to arrive.  Really great that Peter & Claire are hitting their global SCI community to ensure these young doctors get the specialist support and guidance they will need in the next month or so at SIRC.  I just love when people get together – great things can happen.

I must admit to being a little excited at the prospect of Esha being featured on the CBC Radio 1’s Spark.  It was Peter’s idea that Nora Young, the presenter might be interested.  She was.  And despite how busy Esha is with all that she has to do, she was more than happy to take a Skype call tonight (Nepal) from the show’s producers who are based in Toronto, Canada.  The show airs Sunday afternoon in Canada and podcasts are always available from the Spark website thereafter.  As soon as I know when Esha’s interview will be aired, I will let you know.

In the meantime, there is a little group of us who are doing much of the background paperwork that is part and parcel of any organization.  Cecile Knapp in Austria. Maggie & Stephen Muldoon of Livability based in Fermanagh, Ireland and myself on Bowen Island  Canada, are all working on the creation of a donation package that will be used to request block funding for SCI patients from aid agencies, budgets & costing per patient, case studies, setting up a Paypal account that will deposit funds directly into SIRC’s bank account and update of SIRC’s website.  The folks who host the website are not available so we have to get in there somehow update it ourselves.  We can do it.

A shout out and a huge THANK YOU to my sister Sinead Coffey who lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK.  She has plans for three separate fundraisers in aid of SIRC in the next while, and will rally her running buddies and medical colleagues (she’s a dietitian with the NHS) to donate donate donate on the Big Gives fundraiser page for SIRC.

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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