Amrita Singh Tamang- a nurse by profession who was the part of medical campaign in Panchakanya V.D.C. of Nuwakot organized by “Doctors For You” in collaboration with “PATA Nepal Chapter” shares her experience after her first volunteering session in Nuwakot.
“I felt little disheartened but it was more than okay because I was still on the noble mission of helping the quake survivors. I soon realized my actions mattered not the place.”
My teacher connected me with “Doctors for You”. Knowing the fact this humanitarian organization was planning to work in quake affected regions of Sindhuplanchowk, I was really looking forward to serve the victims of the quake of the district, which is also my home. However, the last minute change in plan asked us to go to Nuwakot. I felt little disheartened but it was more than okay because I was still on the noble mission to serve the quake survivors. I soon realized my actions mattered not the place.
Being a nurse to be a part of Medical Team that aimed to contribute the medical expertise in isolated disaster suffered region, I was very much grateful to Doctors for You and PATA Nepal Chapter. Since, we were in Nuwakot after all rescue operation; the only thing we aimed was to lessen the epidemic diseases that can occur after the disaster.
“I knew no one there, I had no idea where to sleep and the biggest challenge was I had no clue about the team I was working with and the people I was helping.”
For a girl like me, who always had the sophisticated lifestyle in Kathmandu, to be in quake struck isolated village of Nuwakot was a huge challenge. I knew no one there, I had no idea where to sleep and the biggest challenge was I had no clue about the team I was working with and the people I was helping. Eight hours of work every day, no weekend break and no electricity to charge my gadgets were the last things I would prefer experiencing throughout my career. However, the smiles on the faces of the quake victims our team was able to put after all the nightmares these survivors had gone through were boosting me to continue my job at Nuwakot. Pretty soon I realized, I was here to serve. I was not on a holiday. I was with the people who really needed me. I was not a duty I was assigned for; it was an opportunity I chose to serve the humanity.
Interacting with the local people around there was the one of the good things that happened to us. The people were very humble and generous. Through our regular general check up, we got know to about the different problems that people are facing after the earthquake. We provided them basic knowledge about personal hygiene, drinking habits and did some treatments. We even provided some psychosocial support to the people who were mentally traumatized because of the quake that swept their everything. Since most of the people were living in tents, so the disease they were more prone to were diarrhea and respiratory tract infection.
“I realized my small effort to comfort my people has given the biggest satisfaction, which is priceless.”
On the final note, I request everyone whatever expertise you have contribute your skills for a while to these needy people who are one of us. I realized my small effort to comfort my people has given the biggest satisfaction, which is priceless. I urge everyone who really wants to help Nepal and the quake victim Nepalese to be the part of the change that we have always been willing to have. I am happy as I have become the part of this change.
Amrita Singh Tamang
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