Celebrations at SIRC

It’s been a while since my last posting, life takes hold and diverts me, but now I am back on track.

While others in the US and financial world were remembering their colleagues and loved ones on September 11, it was a day for celebration in Nepal.

Teej is a 3-day Hindu festival celebrated by Nepali women to ensure the well-being of their husband and family and a long and happy married life.  It includes periods of fasting followed by delicious feasts, and it being Nepal, lots of singing, dancing and hilarity.  All the women wear red and dress up to the nines.  I think, but am not 100% sure, unmarried women celebrate Teej, hoping for a husband and a long and marriage – I guess I would fall into that category.

Celebrating Teej coincided with the opening of a new Pediatric Cabin at SIRC.  SIRC normally do not take in children for rehabilitation but in many ways, the earthquakes turned everything up-side-down.  There are now about eight children receiving medical care and rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries.  Given their rehab will take 3+ months, Esha and team thought it important to create a environment that was fun, positive and uplifting to ensure these kids make a full recovery.  They have lost so much afterall.

*Note:  a Cabin is what we would know as a patient’s ward.

The following are some photos taken at SIRC, documenting the fun day they all enjoyed.

Staff, patients and caregivers/family members all dressed up for Teej.

Staff, patients and caregivers/family members all dressed up for Teej.

A close up of the SIRC ladies in their finery.  From left Inge, Chanda, Esha, Sheela and Fiona

A close up of the SIRC ladies in their finery. From left Inge, Chanda, Esha, Sheela and Fiona

Lovely ladies dressed for Teej, lining up outside the Pediatric Cabin, just before the ribbon cutting.

Lovely ladies dressed for Teej, lining up outside the Pediatric Cabin, just before the ribbon cutting.

Esha seen here cutting the ribbon at the opening of the Pediatric Cabin.

Esha seen here cutting the ribbon at the opening of the Pediatric Cabin.

One of the many handmade toys made by the ex-patients of SIRC as part of  SIRC's income generating program - being put to good use in the new Pediatric Cabin

One of the many handmade toys made by the ex-patients of SIRC as part of SIRC’s income generating program – being put to good use in the new Pediatric Cabin

Young patient with spinal cord injuries enjoying a book from the small library in the ward

Young patient with spinal cord injuries enjoying a book from the small library in the ward

Happy kids and staff in the new ward

Happy kids and staff in the new ward

And then the dancing begins!!

Staff, patients and their family members also hit the dance floor!

Staff, patients and their family members also hit the dance floor!

Photo credits:  SIRC

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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