Nepal Earthquake – Wednesday May 13, 2015

Great news today from SIRC, check out this post from facebook which I have copied here. Awesome!

Esha (2nd left) with members of the UK-Emergency Medical Team at SIRC earlier today

Esha (2nd left) with members of the UK-Emergency Medical Team at SIRC earlier today

“The UK-Emergency Medical Team are providing SIRC with surge capacity for the first 7 weeks of the emergency by sending small teams of specialist nurses and physiotherapists from the UK. These teams are trained specifically to work in humanitarian response, and will also support the training of new SIRC staff.

They are also supporting SIRC with donations of essential equipment, and are working to procure beds and mattresses to urgently increase the centres capacity.

The UK-EMT is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and is a collaboration between UK-Med, Save the Children and Handicap International. ”

And this is how the entrance way to SIRC looked this morning, the first night outside after the May 12th earthquake for 79 patients, 79 of the patient’s carers and 30 or so SIRC staff members.  Despite the night outside, the mood was good at SIRC apparently. Man are these folks brave or what?!

Morning after May 12 1

Morning after May 12 2

I’ll be offline for the next few days but have no fear, Peter and Claire will be providing you with updates on all the happenings at SIRC over the coming days.  You can find the SpiNepal blog here.

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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