The Oda Foundation

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN NEPAL'S REMOTE REGIONS THROUGH HEALTH AND EDUCATION INITIATIVES

Where we're going we don't need roads...

One of the most defining characteristics of our community in Kalikot, Nepal is the remoteness of our area. With only one seasonal road passing through the district, the only mode of transportation for many people is on their own two feet. The village of Oda is nestled on a hillside located about 2 hours walking from the main road. This means that in order to bring supplies to the village, family members must make this 4-hour round trip journey with regularity (not to mention that about 75% of our community walk EVERYWHERE in flipflops).

Woman and Girls resting on the walk to Oda with necessary household supplies.

Woman and Girls resting on the walk to Oda with necessary household supplies.


The obvious next question is… how do you run a health clinic in a community that faces such accessibility challenges? This is one of the greatest struggles that the Oda Foundation team has to deal with almost daily – and yet is exactly the reason that it is so critical that we are working where we are. The remoteness of our district and immediate community means that many of the aid organizations that work throughout Nepal, are absent in our region. This in conjunction with the reality that the local government faces issues surrounding accountability and an extremely limited budget, means that there are MASSIVE holes in the services and opportunities that all Nepali people need to maintain their health and well-being.

A young woman with a burn wound being carried to Oda.

A young woman with a burn wound being carried to Oda.

With regular medicinal, euipment, and food demands, our team works really hard to ensure that we have everything that we need to care for our team and for every patient who passes through our doors. Needless to say – our team and community members have some pretty insane leg muscles!

John Walking it in to Oda

John Walking it in to Oda

Advisory Board Chair Peter Lawrence Making the Trek to Oda

Advisory Board Chair Peter Lawrence Making the Trek to Oda


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