Blankets/ Medical Supplies for Nepal
Organized by: Norma Layton
In April of last year, after I heard news of the tragic Nepal earthquake, my thoughts went out to my Nepalese friends who had family there. I wanted to do something for the people of Nepal and just not text or send money and hope that it got there through all the bureaucratic red tape. Checking my social media sites which included of Reach Out Worldwide, a few weeks later, and saw they had returned from their disaster/medical recovery efforts. While perusing their pictures, I noticed Cody Walker posing with a young man wearing the white coat of a medical doctor. There was something about his this young mans eyes, that said he was proud to be assisting and to be out in the field helping his people the best he could. As I was in the midst of remodeling our medical library, I reached out to this young man and wanted to know if their medical school suffered any loss and if they might be interested in the items. He told me that they were fine, but they were collecting items to take to the villages of the affected earthquake areas as the students there did not want to go back into the buildings. A psychological program he says was underway to assist with that. Something that is often probably not thought of after these disasters. After a few messages back and forth regarding the needs, I went down to the local 99 cent store and picked up 50 coloring books, crayons, color pencils, etc and enlisted a few friends and fellow colleagues to help me collect stuff. THAT part was easy.. now shipping.. It took almost 3 weeks for him to receive the item and I was very disappointed to learn that this young man, who had already experienced devastation, but still on a mission to help the young communities affected, had to pay a tariff to pick up the items. $30 dollars is a lot of money for those folks. However, these items were successfully distributed to the classrooms and the psychological program was complete. I was honored to receive a virtual thank you card from him and his team in acknowledgement of bringing us together to establish this friendship. That was the catalyst for me to ask what other programs they were working on. Clothes… Long story short, I was able to procure these and given the difficulty and time lapse learned from the last project, I realized that I had vacation coming up and I’d always wanted to visit Nepal since meeting my two friend almost 15 years ago. So I asked myself, why not combine my humanitarian efforts with a little visit. Because of the small connection made in part by ROWW, I contacted them to see if they wanted me to deliver medical supplies, they said no, but that they had a donation of education material and would I be willing to take some. So in October of 2015 tickets booked, baggage packed, off to a world unknown, except through books, media, and conversations, and now many connections to meet. Who knew. Now with an ongoing fuel crises of almost 5 months, I experience this first hand on my visit, the Nepalese people are with out fuel during these winter month and I am again collaborating with this same young man to procure funds for him to distribute blankets, as it is the elders, children and disable who will suffer with out the fuel to heat their home. The fuel crisis also has impacted medical supplies. http://time.com/4077751/nepal-fuel-crisis-india-winter-constitution/.
The founder of Reach Out World Wide, the late actor, Paul Walker, said “When you put good will out there it’s amazing what can be accomplished.” and I truly believe that to be true. Some call it Karma. He also said that it’s just an idea that people subscribe to.