From October 5 to October 9 of 2015, I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the Action Works Nepal team for Miteri Senior Citizens Health Camp for elderly patients that were affected by the April 2015 earthquakes. We served patients from the remotest areas of Kavrepalanchowk district, one of the most devastated areas by the 7.2M earthquake and recurring aftershocks of high magnitudes.
Action Works Nepal planned the camps in 4 VDCs (Village Development Committees) of Kavreplanchowk district. I was able to join the team for the last two VDCs for this health camp. The Action Works Nepal team provided the elderly members of the communities with immediate services such as eye-checkups and counseling with physicians. My role as a volunteer was to shadow and help the two physicians, as I aspire to become one myself. I had a very rewarding experience interacting with elderly patients who were recently affected by the earthquake. I also learned a lot from the physicians in diagnosing COPD patients and the importance of counseling patients about their health. The health camp was very impressive, in that Action Works Nepal provided eye-checkups, counseling with physicians specializing in geriatric and orthopedic care, and pharmaceuticals as prescribed by the team’s physicians. We worked as an effective team that served over a 1000 patients.
We encountered a large amount of the patients with COPD, hypertension and gout. A large amount of the elderly patients were also in need of cataract surgeries. The director of the Ghartichhap Health Post also told us that a significant portion of the female patients in Ghartichaap and surrounding VDCs visit the health post for treatments for prolapsed uterus. However, the health post is not equipped to serve these patients, as they need major surgeries that can only be done in large hospitals in the city.
Action Works Nepal has made arrangements to have patients who were counseled by the ophthalmologist and the physicians to go to hospitals in Kathmandu for cataract surgeries and treatments such as surgeries for prolapsed uteruses. However, since the VDCs are very remote and essentially cut off from vehicular transportation; it is difficult for these elderly patients to reach the hospitals in the city. When the physicians told patients in need of treatments that they need to go to the hospital in the city, I witnessed a lot of the patients said they couldn’t because they are not able to walk hours through hilly terrain to get to the bus station.
Even for us, a team of mostly 20-30 year olds, getting to these VDCs was incredibly difficult. The team hiked through a total of 18 hours of terrain throughout the duration of the 7-day health camp. On the way to these VDCs, we met groups of local from the surrounding VDCs who had walked over a day to receive 10 kilograms of rice from INGOs providing earthquake relief aid. We walked 8 hours to return back from Ghartichhap (the last VDC for the health camp) to Budakhani, the bus station from which we could return back to Kathmandu. As you can tell, the VDCs where we set up the health camps are extremely remote. So you can imagine how difficult it is for the people living in these remote areas, specifically elderly men and women, to get to a hospital in the capital city for treatments and surgeries. From this, I would suggest we try to conduct surgery camps to reach these patients, or other health camps to conduct surveys that will assess the needs of the community. It is imperative that more health camps reach the remote areas of Kavrepalanchowk.
Hi, I am Laxu, at first I would like to thanks all the respected board member and supportive staff of AWON . The theme of AWON “for miteri guan- let’s live together campaign” all the time when I used to read this theme it provided new ideas and inspired to do something for the community. Awon has given an open platform to those energetic and dynamic youth who wanted to enhance their skill in the field of social work. I felt proud of myself that I got an opportunity to work with AWON during earth quake relief support program. Here I am sharing some of the working experience with AWON during the earthquake relief support program.
In the year 201, April 25th there was earth quake disaster of 7.8 rector scale. The 55 second disaster changed the structure of Nepalese society. During this earth quake AWON implemented their earth quake relief support program in highly affected districts. After the disaster the essential needs were food, tarpaulin, clothes and medicine. During the volunteering period I and my team members did the campaign of clothes and medicines collection in Thamel and Chhetrapati area.
Such type of volunteering opportunity was perfect learning for those youths who wanted and can be the part of social work doing the work for the welfare of the society.
I heartily want to thank AWON for paving my way towards social service and success and my team, who supported me during this volunteering. Also, I would love to work with AWON in coming day.
Finally my voice for every people-“lets live every human of world by supporting their helping hands for victims”.
Laxu Ram Sapkota
10th July, 2015
2072/01/12,It was a massive devastation caused by earthquake. Lots of people were victimized. Most of the houses were broken, still many houses were at risk. At a haste, many governmental and non-governmental organisations were at relief work. In the meantime, I was on contact with Action Works Nepal, NGO situated at Thapathali which provided me an opportunity to implement my entire knowledge into practice. Action Works Nepal provided and coordinated us(me along with my 4 friends ) volunteer in one of the renowned hospital of kathmandu, Tribhuvan University Teaching hospital.
We started to volunteered and give our our service from 29th April - 4th May. During the volunteering period we were posted in Post Operative Ward where we got the chance to explore our study and knowledge more in a better way by doing the practice in real environment practicing many life threatening skills in such critical condition and we provided proper treatment and needed care. After that we were shifted to Operation Theater(OT) recovery room, preoperative and postoperative care were given emphasis on.Then we were rotated to other wards like male surgical, Ear Nose & Throat(ENT), where we encountered many patients with serious conditions like fractures of leg,hand, spinal injury,head injuries etc. We provided care to the affected people so as to alleviate their sufferings. Lastly we were posted in emergency ward where we came to know about different emergency drugs n emergency care. We helped the nurse in every possible ways.. After our volunteering got over in TUTH, we were off to work for Kavre district through Action Works Nepal. Kavre which was also badly affected district by earthquake.
Action Works Nepal had conduct health camp in Ghartichhap VDC of Kavre district. We reached there after a long walk of around 9 hours with necessary medicines and other medical supplies. We, a team of 13 including 2 doctors, 4 nurses and other volunteers wer there. There also we encounteered differant medical conditions like URTI, LrTI, gastritis etc. We comforted them with proper treatment providing medicines and other supplies. After returning from Ghartichhap we again headed Sindhupalchok district, which was also the most affected district with IOM team, altogether we were 7 members in that team, a GP, MD psychiatrist,clinical psychologist, 2 nurses, radiographer with social worker.. It was entirely a psychosocial support programme organized by TUTH. Many psychiatric problems were seen which we ended with medications, general group counselling,individual counseling if required and lastly a relaxation and deep breathing exercise.
I heartily want to thank Action Works Nepal for paving my way towards service and success..I would love to work with them in coming days.
Thank you !!!
19 June 2015
A huge damage and destruction was caused by an earthquake on 2072/01/12. Various organization and private sectors were involved for providing relief activities. During this process, being a nurse, I was provided with an opportunity to perform my nursing role through Action Works Nepal, a NGO situated at Thapathali. We were instructed to work from 29th April in a renowned hospital named as 'Teaching Hospital' situated at Maharajgung, Kathmandu. Since the time we were in a duty we mostly dealt with numerous disaster cases mainly fractures cases along with spine & head injuries. Numerous surgeries were performed and we were a part of 'post-operative word' and 'OT recovery ward'. Further we were given a ' Male surgical ward' and ENT ward where we carried out various nursing cares like medication, therapies, cares & even studies. Along with these wards we were given an orthopedic ward where we come with spinal injuries, multiple rib fractures, paralysis etc. Finally we even worked in an 'Emergency ward' where we dealt with a rush of serious patients. From 29th April to 18th May we were involved in both morning & evening shifts alternatively with few night duties.
Coming to hospital atmosphere, it was so overwhelming and friendly that we got a great opportunity to learn and work together. I am sure that this volunteer activity has really sharpen and developed my nursing skills. A bonding which was developed with the nursing staffs & the patients are really amazing. It was more like a home rather than a hospital.
Whatever I did and whatever I learned and achieved, the credit goes to 'Action Works Nepal' who awarded us with such social serving activities and provided such working platforms. This volunteering concept has really built up my mind along with both personal and professional development.
In upcoming days too, I am looking toward to be a part of such works and it was really an immense pleasure to be a part of 'Action Works Nepal'.
Thank you !!!
20th May 2015
On 25/04/2015 a devastating earthquake hit Nepal with the magnitude of 7.8 rector scale. People were scared and wounded with many deaths.
"Action works Nepal" a well known NGO gave me an opportunity to help the people who were in need. I, with my four friends were given great opportunity to work as a volunteer in Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.
We started our first duty on 29th April 2015. It was my first duty on post-operative ward where the patients were almost critical. On that day, we learnt how to take care of patient who are critical also the nurse in the ward oriented us about the different medications and equipments used in ward. I talked with a patient named Parbati Khatri with both limb fracture who was partially disoriented and could not give much information about her. We were posted in Post-operative ward for 3 days where I learnt how to operate the instruments and how to suction which I had never done before when I was in Banglore.
Then we were posted on recovery room where many serious cases came. I learnt to volunteer on recovery room. Again we were shifted to ENT department where the private with different diagnosis were found. We also evaluated psychological condition of the patients on ENT ward. The patients were quiet scared and families were always there to keep calm. The carious diagnosis I found in TUTH were mostly limbs fracture, spine fracture, some patients with cranial bone fractures etc.
I heartily thank Action Works Nepal for the opportunity provided to foster my future. TUTH gave us opportunity to join a camp at Nepaltar where most of the cases were diarrhea and worm infection. Lastly, I felt that through "Action Works Nepal" I became useful nurse to my country.
I want to thank Action Works Nepal for providing an opportunity to volunteer at Teaching Hospital in regard with the earthquake relief program. As a responsible citizen of this country, I contributed in this crisis situation caused by devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015. I highly appreciate Action Works Nepal for the platform through which we could reach to the needy.
From 29th of April we were posted at male surgical ward. We got to see many earthquake victims who suffered a lot and which was heartbreaking. Many of them were fractured cases. Different age group people were admitted. We gave counseling to some of the patients to overcome the loss and fear. We helped the nursing staffs to provide medications to the patient. The nursing staffs over there were really co-operative and understanding. We got to learn lots of things from them. We were also posted in the emergency ward and ENT/Ortho ward. One of the patient in the Ortho ward had an spine fracture so he was bed ridden and had Paraplegia. So, we cared him a lot during shifting here and there, provided back care to prevent from bed sores.
On 18th May, we were taken to a health camp organized by Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital. It was organized at Nepaltar which is one of the most affected area by earthquake. Most of the people were residing in the tents provided by the other volunteers. The water they use was not suitable for drinking. We distributed lots of medicines according to their health problems such as fever, pain, tape worm infestation etc. We also provided health education about maintaining cleanliness. Thus, we ended our volunteering on 18th May.
I had a very good experience working at TUTH. My personal and professional skills have developed a lot. Also interactional skill has developed. I would like to work further if I get such opportunity again.
Thank you Action Works Nepal.
Date:- 20th May, 2015
My name is Lisa Tron ( 24 years old ) and I am from Germany.
After I finished my education as midwife at the end of September, I went for 5 month to Nepal as a volunteer from AWON (Action Works Nepal) . The first two month I went to Jumla, West Nepal (Karnali Zone) as Midwife to different villages like Sannigaun, Kudari in the mountains and worked there together with the people in the health-station where AWON works also. It was an amazing experience. The people are very thankful for help, but I would prefer the next time, to have an translator with me, because then it`s better to communicate the work and you can do more with the people. I did not have time before I went to Nepal to learn Nepali. I went alone in the health stations to work and the English skills of the local people were not the best.
I also worked together with Radha Paudel (Peace leader and founder of AWON). She is a great and amazing woman. She organized everything for me and we got a very deep relationship and became friends. The staff from AWON is also very kind and helpful. It is a nice team and very open.
The last 3 month I was back in Kathmandu and working there for the people in Jumla and living with Radha's family, which also became my family. It’s an open and very nice family. The last 2 month also my husband came to Nepal and then we worked together for AWON and the people in Jumla. So I went to the Ministry of health and population and had there a meeting for the Meteri Peace learning center in Jumla, which AWON is building up right now. It is a great and a necessary project, because with this project, AWON can archive that the people get to learn how they can help themselves and each other. They become independent from doctors and constant support by the government. And this is the best think you can do, I think. My husband also preformed different kind of workshops and we connected people to make plan for the Meteri peace learning center in Jumla.
It was a great time. Of course when you come from Europe, you are used that things are going very structured and fast, but this isn’t the case in Nepal. But the people are very open and you don’t have to be afraid. So it was also possible that I was travelling alone as women the first 3 month and if you take care and respect the traditions and rules of the people, everything is fine.
Now we are back in Germany and working from here still, next to our work here, for AWON and the Meteri Peace learning Center.So if you feel toughed and also want to support the work of AWON to help the people in Nepal, you are always welcome and the people will be happy for your help. Just contact AWON and go for it. Everybody can do something, you just have to do it.
Love and Light,
Midwife and Peace activist
Priyanka Devkota continuously raising fund for peace
Ms Priyanka Devkota, a young 11 years old girl from jumla, currently residing in UK, is continuously raising fund on her birthday celebrations since 2013. This year also she is able to collect 246 Pounds (NRs 36,900) from her relatives and family members on her birthday and donate for the Miteri Peace Learning Center to commemorate which is on the process of construction at Jumla, Khalanga. Thank you very much Young Peace Maker Priyanka for your continuous support for Peace.
Anybody interested can donate us on their Birthday Celebration, Marriage ceremony, Marriage Anniversary or any other occasions for Peace and also for some Cause.
Here, AWON delighted to share a 10 year old girl, Priyenka Devkota. Her family is from Jumla, Nepal. However, she lives in London, United Kingdom with her family. She studies in grade five Rathfern Primary School. She loves her school life and is a active Brownie (Girls scout). Her hobbies include swimming, figure skating, skiing reading, travelling and playing piano. She says, in many ways she has been fortunate in life, like having loving parents and a little sister, a school I likes, having a roof over head, having opportunities to take part in swimming, skating, music and travelling. But in other places like in Nepal there are a lot of children who are less lucky. They can’t afford to go to school and do not have access to education and basic needs of everyday life. In 2007, she had visited Jumla with her family and saw several forms of misfortune, though she touched by children; they are busy in taking care of their young siblings, assisting their parents at farm, forests. They are living without having full stomach, no electricity, no computers and so on. Then that day, she has decided to join in hands with Action Works Nepal by raising funds from her 10th birthday party.
Like Prinyenka, any of you welcome to join during your wedding and death anniversaries, during festivals or simply organize a fund raising lunch/dinner or you can organize lottery, or bike riding, running, or anything.
AWON is always thankful and grateful with Priyenka and others who devoted their energy since childhood and creating a peaceful and justful culture for next generation.
Priyanka Devkota, youngest Peace Maker joins us for Peace
Miss Priyanka Devkota,11, from Jumla, Nepal and currently residing in United Kingdom (UK), is one of the Youngest Peace Makers donating money for the Miteri Peace Learning Center initiated by AWON to be established in Jumla. Her soft and kind heart is pained to see hardness and difficulties of people in Jumla. She recalls her experiences of her visit to Jumla with her parents and has shown her deep interest to help to heal the pain and miseries of people at her birthplace. She saves some money out of her pocket expenses, raises fund on her birthdays and donates us. She encourages her parents to donate for the CAUSE. Her donation of NRs. 50,000/- (Fifty Thousand Nepalese Rupees Only), in memory of her dearest uncle, Late Rajendra Devkota, who lost his life in a plane crash, will go to the Miteri Peace Learning Center at Jumla, Khalanga. Thank you so much dear Priyanka for your great efforts.
Anybody interested can donate us on their Birthday Celebration, Marriage ceremony, Marriage Anniversary or any other occasions for Peace and also for some Cause.