I have so much to share, I'm bursting at the seams! From Nepal updates to client success....where do I begin?!
I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the relief efforts happening here. And like I said last week, the people here are all in!
My husband and I have teamed up with the International Medical Corps. They've got a great team, tons of resources, and helicopters. Yes, helicopters. So it was a clear choice.
But on a serious note, IMC is approaching the relief effort from all angles - medical response, sanitation, and shelter. Of course, everyone thinks of the immediate medical need. But with monsoon season upon us and no confined latrines, that makes for a pretty nasty landslide.
Check out IMC's latest video update from Sean- the director in Nepal- AKA who I'm working with all day. Although, his vlogs aren't as creative as mine, he's leading a pretty badass and effective relief mission.
What have I been up to?
I never thought you'd ask :) Myself and one other social worker [the entire mental health team!] are providing psychological first aid to the victims of the earthquake. From what we've learn of people's needs, we're teaming up with other aid organizations to create a nation-wide mental health system. Basically, we're trying to make it easier for people to get the care they really need.
Did you say ladies night?
Women in Nepal need so much support right now! We working on providing them with safe spaces, reproductive healthcare, and emotional support in these trying times. In stressful times, the domestic violence rate goes way up. We're trying to put a stop to that each hour!
Oh yeah.... and my husband has been doing some pretty awesome medical work with his team- seeing HUNDREDS of patients each day!
And if all of that seems too crazy to relate to, there's this......
I just got the BEST email from a client about all of his recent successes in the short time I've been away! All emails like this are the best, but he ended with this: "Isn't it funny how life works out?"
He's been putting in the hard work to pursue his passions and I've asked him to have faith that all the good stuff will come from his efforts. I guess his faith has been restored! Here's a recent picture of his 1/2 marathon achievement!
So remember....when you feel like giving up, believe in yourself, and your faith bring your through it!
Signing off from Nepal!