Phedorje "Phe" Tamang, HHC's Health Supervisor
In the 150 days since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), with your support, has reached more than 18,000 people in need of food, shelter, medical care and other support in the remote villages of Tipling, Sherthung, Lapa, Jharlang and Ree Gau in northern Dhading.
This work is deeply personal to our staff members, many of whom hail from these very villages. Phedorje Tamang, or "Phe" as he is known to many, came to HHC after working tirelessly from a young age where he dealt with extreme poverty, walked several hours each day to attend school and cared for his siblings and an ailing father who he eventually lost to tuberculosis. His determination and work ethic led him to obtain a scholarship and come to work as a Health Supervisor with HHC.
On April 25, 2015, Phe was attending a medical training outside Kathmandu when the earthquake hit. Trapped under six feet of rubble, Phe was unconscious and in critical condition for nearly two days, surviving on oxygen from an on-site ambulance, before he was able to be brought to safety.
"I stopped hearing sounds of those around me and my hope for being rescued began to disappear," wrote Phe after his rescue. "When thinking about how uncertain life can be, I kept thinking of two things: I thought of my mom, who had given me life, and my life’s work with Himalayan HealthCare.”
Phe emerged from the ordeal feeling that his own rescue was just one small piece of what needed to be done for his nation and community. Having seen friends who had lost their lives strewn around him, and others who were desperately in need of care,Phe had a renewed sense of what it meant to work with HHC. Within a week he was back at work, eager to be a part of the relief efforts.
No doubt, Phe is extraordinary. But his resilience is a common trait among the HHC staff and the villages where we work. Having spent nearly 25 years, through civil war and other natural disasters, working in some of Nepal's most disenfranchised communities, our staff and the people we serve are determined to build back their communities better and stronger than before. They’ve already begun to see this at work.
After providing immediate relief and conducting baseline assessments for reconstruction of health, education, livelihood and food programs, HHC has begun long-term recovery and rebuilding. Our established relationship with the communities and local authorities has not only facilitated our work but has helped to direct aid and supplies from international relief organizations. Our track record of efficiency and reliability allows us to be a strong and trusted liaison to the villages we serve and to our donors.
Brother's Brother Foundation has continued its support to HHC, helping us provide food relief for the month of July and rehabilitate livestock programs, a major source of sustenance and livelihood. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will continue food relief through December under its "Work for Food" program. Under the WFP-HHC partnership, 4,400 households will receive rice and lentils in exchange for helping to repair and extend the trail leading to the northern Dhading villages. We have also signed a partnership agreement with AmeriCares for the repair and reconstruction of the Dhading District Hospital and 12 health posts in the area.
All of these long-term partnerships will involve local community members as well as a team of construction engineers and post-disaster experts to ensure the northern Dhading villages are built back stronger and more sustainably than before.
If you would like to join in the rebuilding process and support the work of our dedicated staff members like Phe, please consider visiting our project page to place a recurring donation, or share our stories with your friends and family.
Thank you very much for your support of our work in Nepal. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments or ideas. You may reach our US Director, Christina Madden, at email@example.com.
We look forward to staying in touch.
Anupa Gewali and Christina Madden
HHC Relief in Northern Dhading
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