NEPAL: In 2016, I volunteered to go to Pokhara in Nepal, to provide training and assistance to the Team in the country’s first Ear Hospital. It was the most amazing and inspiring trip I have ever had. Nepal is beyond anything I could have imagined. During my preparations, I read as much as I could but my expectations were truly exceeded. I think it was quoted in Lonely Planet that while most people will go to Nepal the first time for the mountains, they will go back for its people. Judging by all the people I met, this is very true! Warm, friendly, helpful and caring. While Nepal is one of the poorest countries, we have so much to learn from its people and lifestyle, and so much to be truly grateful for.
The team at the Green Pastures Complex are a small group who are truly inspirational. Their love for what they are all doing is evident in the running of the hospital and the satisfaction of the patients. Despite fuel and electricity shortages and the far-reaching consequences of the Earthquake in April 2015, they are all still managing to deliver a first-class service in Ear and Hearing care. The hospital is built on INF land and has an attached farm and spinal injuries rehab unit as well as the historical Leprosy Hospital. It is a remarkable place providing much needed care to the people of Pokhara and beyond!
The Audiology team at the time comprised Sandra, Pratiksha and Sujit. They assess and manage both children and adults, fitting hearing aids and are committed to constantly developing the service they offer. It was such a privilege spending time with them and sharing our knowledge and experiences with each other!
My bag of goodies (thanks to you all! And GN Otometrics, Sivantos, Phonak and Oticon!) arrived a day after I did…But what a delight! Pratiksha and Sandra claimed it was better than Christmas!
Recent communications with some members of the team and past volunteers tell me that work is still going well since my visit over a year ago, but volunteers are still having difficulty working in the outreach camps due to new restrictions and visa requirements.. For more information on the charity and hospital: http://www.earaidnepal.org