The Oda Foundation

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

Thank You MedShare

For those of you who don’t know, 2015 was a year unlike any on record for Nepal.  While most people know about the April earthquakes that devastated Kathmandu and the surrounding areas, Nepal continues to suffer a more silent emergency due to civil unrest and an unofficial blockade on the Indian border.  It was during this year of immense challenges for Nepal that I received an email from Jason Chernock and the incredible team at MedShare. They explained to me that in response to the devastation that Nepal has sustained, the MedShare community united in an effort to provide relief through the donation of medical supplies and equipment.  From the very first call with the MedShare team I was impressed by their enthusiasm, candor, and desire to help Nepal.  During the summer of 2015 the Oda team worked hand in hand with MedShare to assemble a packing list, facilitate logistics, and deal with regulatory hurdles in order to bring vital medical supplies and equipment to Kalikot. 

Supplies nearing the end of the 2 hour hike into Oda.

Supplies nearing the end of the 2 hour hike into Oda.

In November 2015 the hard work put in by the Oda and MedShare team culminated with the arrival of a 40 ft. container of donated medical supplies and equipment.  The shipment was greeted with enthusiasm by our team and many of the area’s top district government officials.  After several days of distribution, the supplies were almost immediately put to use – both by our health team at the Oda Foundation and by our partners in the local health posts.  Since the arrival of the shipment in November, supplies have been distributed to 2 hospitals and 30 partner health posts, which serve over 150,000 Nepali people.

On behalf of everyone in Oda & Kalikot thank you so much for your incredible support.  It could not have come at a better time and will continue to provide relief in rural Nepal for months and years to come!

Karan Singh providing the ceremonial first box of supplies to District Health Officer and Friend Dr. Shankar Lohala.

Karan Singh providing the ceremonial first box of supplies to District Health Officer and Friend Dr. Shankar Lohala.