Return to Oda
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!