One Year Later ….. Direct Relief

As you may remember, Direct Relief provided US$300,000 in support of SIRC in the immediate aftermath of last year’s devastating earthquakes.

SIRC was the second largest recipient of Direct Relief funds after Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population – a meaningful donation that provided SCI rehabilitation to many of those injured during the earthquakes, and who would not have otherwise been n a position to have the opportunity to reintegrate back into society with their spinal cord injury.

One Year Later, Direct Relief has produced a report of how their donations were distributed and to whom …. SIRC is featured heavily as you can imagine.  Check out their on-line report here.

Direct Relief also produced a 4-part video series which is available on their Facebook page.  These are short 2-minute clips reminding us of the impact the earthquakes caused, Direct Access’ response, the road to recovery and finally a Thank You from many of the recipients, including SIRC’s very own Esha Thapa.  Use the Next button (top right) to jump from clip to clip.

The following is Part 2 of the four-part series.  I chose this one to show you especially as it gives you a sense of the magnitude of the Direct Relief contributions to SIRC, seen by huge pallets of medical equipment and supplies being off-loaded at Kathmandu airport.

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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