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Get My Favorite Nepali Village An Ambulance!
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Ended Mar 7, 2013
THE SHORT: Padam Pokhari, the village in rural Nepal where I have been living for the past few months, is trying to raise money to purchase an ambulance equipped with oxygen for its residents and residents of surrounding villages. Currently, there is ...
THE SHORT: Padam Pokhari, the village in rural Nepal where I have been living for the past few months, is trying to raise money to purchase an ambulance equipped with oxygen for its residents and residents of surrounding villages. Currently, there is NO ambulance in the area to transport people to the nearest hospital located approximately an hour’s distance away from the village by car. Sanjiv Pande, member of Padam Pokhari’s Padmoya Youth Club and my dear friend/host brother, wishes to raise 800,000 Nepali Rupees (approximately $10,000) to be used for the purchase and upkeep of an ambulance equipped with oxygen that will greatly benefit the members of this community. ANY and ALL donations are welcome and super appreciated! Please message me here on Facebook or email me at kjordan41@newpaltz.edu if you are interested in making a donation. If you wish to learn more about this project and the ways in which you can make a HUGE impact on the people of Padam Pokhari, PLEASE read further! THE LONG: As many of you know, I have spent the past few months volunteering in Padam Pokhari, a village located in rural Nepal. While I have been trying (mostly failing!) to teach a little English during my time here, the most rewarding aspect of this experience has most definitely been having the opportunity to meet, live alongside, and forge wonderful friendships with the warm and welcoming members of this village. For a people that have so little in comparison to those of us who are privileged to live in more developed countries (Nepal ranks 142 out of 177 countries, according to the 2008 UN Human Development Index), Nepalis possess an unrivaled sense of the importance of friendship, kin, and community. Throughout the entirety of my stay here, I have been welcomed by all as a sister. Thus, before leaving my new Nepali family, I would love to contribute something to the village that has given me more than it could ever imagine. As a member of Padam Pokhari's Padmoya Youth Club, my dear friend and host brother Sanjiv Pande has asked me to see if any of my family and friends would be willing to donate funds for the purpose of purchasing an ambulance equipped with oxygen for the people of Padam Pokhari. Currently, there is NO ambulance service in this village or in any villages in the surrounding area. As the situation currently stands, sick and injured persons in Padam Pokhari must either travel to the closest hospital by local bus (a cramped and crowded 1.5 hour journey whose timely arrival is questionable at best), private van (a cost of approximately 15-20USD round-trip in a country where more than half of all people survive on less than $2 a day), or motorbike (a slightly faster alternative to the local bus, but a means of transportation with its own inherent dangers). For persons who are in need of "immediate" medical attention and accommodations such as supplemental oxygen, there is only one option--to wait for an ambulance to make the hour long trip from Narayangarh, the nearest big city, to Padam Pokhari, only to turn around and travel another hour's distance back to the city hospital. Padam Pokhari is a farming village where residents are likely to encounter emergencies that arise as a byproduct of working the land, such as broken bones, falls from high places, heat exhaustion, and injuries from farm equipment. In addition, Nepali culture dictates that many generations of one family share one home. As a result, unlike in the United States where it is common for the elderly to pass their later years in retirement homes where their physical wellbeing is strictly monitored, aged persons in Padam Pokhari are isolated from adequate medical treatment. An ambulance would also be a great improvement in the lives of the pregnant women of the village, as there is currently no efficient means of transporting women in labor or women needing pre-natal care to the city hospital.
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