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 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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