In September and October we were lucky enough to have a family holiday to Nepal. A fortnight of exploring Kathmandu, mountain trekking, whitewater rafting and national parks. It is a beautiful place.
It is also poor. So much poorer than I expected. And the poverty seemed fairly universal.
With poverty comes self-sufficiency. More than 80% of Nepalese people still live in rural areas, and often grow their own food. In the areas we trekked there were no roads so any food was either grown locally or brought in by donkey.
With rural living comes isolation. And a lack of access to essential services, such as medical treatment.
We met a waiter who told us he looked after his mother and his sister as his father had become ill and they couldn’t afford the medical treatment he required so they had to ‘let him go’.
We knew we wanted our monthly donation to help in some small way. We found Possible, an organization that provides sustainable health care to Nepal’s poorest communities.
And our monthly donation will provide 15 patients with quality healthcare they wouldn’t otherwise receive.