The Oda Foundation

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

Return to Oda

Hi Everyone!

It has been a busy couple of days, but it is so great to be back in Oda! I am currently stuck in the district capital due to rain, so I wanted to take this time to pass along a few quick updates from the trip out here.  The transition to Oda has been one of the easiest yet, as I was accompanied by my good friend Peter Lawrence who also happens to be the chair of the Oda Foundation Advisory Board. The trip from Kathmandu to Oda was a little bit hectic due to a huge shutdown in Western Nepal, but with a little help from some friends, we were able to move through the country with relative ease. 

This graphic (Thanks to SunFarmer) shows the standard trip from Kathmandu to Oda.  Thankfully this trip can be truncated with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Surkhet.

This graphic (Thanks to SunFarmer) shows the standard trip from Kathmandu to Oda.  Thankfully this trip can be truncated with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Surkhet.

To deal with the shutdown we were helped at every step of the journey by Police Escorts in the Surkhet, Dailekh, and Kalikot Districts.  Fortunately after a couple of years on the ground, our relationships are strong enough to call in favors when we need them!

Peter with our Surkhet police escort.

Peter with our Surkhet police escort.

 

Upon arriving in Manma we went directly to the district Hospital, where Karan was waiting with his wife (one of our CMA’s) Sarita and their new baby boy.  The timing could not have worked out better, as their son was born just hours before my arrival… I am so happy that I was able to be there with my Partner on such a special day!

Karan's New Baby Boy

Karan's New Baby Boy

After a day in Manma we made the Journey to Oda where we worked our way up the mountain slowly with Sarita, Karan, and a gaggle of other well wishers tagging along to greet Peter and Karan’s new baby.  Upon arriving in Oda we were met with another army of people - I was flooded with happiness seeing everyone again after several months away in the US.  

Arrival in Oda

Arrival in Oda

As for Oda Medical, things are running better than when I left!  On our first day in Oda, Peter spent the day in the clinic with Mim Karki, and saw as 48 people came in through our doors over the course of the day, coming from near and far to receive care from our team.

Peter and Dr. Mim in the Pharmacy

Peter and Dr. Mim in the Pharmacy

I plan to organize my thoughts and takeaways from the return trip in much more cogent fashion when I return to Oda after this storm!  I will also be including a big update about what was accomplished over the last 4 months in America, and the exciting things we have planned for the coming year.

Thank you all for your continued support of our work…without you none of this would be possible. Until then, Hi from Oda!