April 21 2016

Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: Training Villagers to Save Lives

The first of two earthquakes struck Nepal on April 25th 2015, claiming thousands of lives and disrupting thousands more. In the hours and days that followed, medical skills and emergency care were in short supply. Many people who were critically injured remained without aid.

8489_551950858314521_8604285758317817679_n-2The monks and laypeople trained through Karuna-Shechen’s Medical Emergency Response Program were crucial in providing immediate assistance to victims.

With this in mind, as par of our Earthquake Rehabilitation activities, we extended the reach of this life-saving program to additional isolated areas.

Nepal remains extremely vulnerable. In addition to earthquakes, the country is at high risk for flooding, landslides, and other natural disasters.

During the last year, our first first-aid trainers visited dozens of communities and provided first-aid training to more than 1,100 people. Mothers groups, community leaders, farmers, and social workers are among the people we have trained. In urban areas, key professionals – including local police officers – are taking part.

Our work is far from complete. Next month a second team will start work in the affected regions, helping us reach additional communities while teaching residents to effectively treat pre-hospital injuries and illness.

As we look to the future, our goal is to create a nationwide network of first-aid volunteers to dispense on-the-spot medical care in rural Nepal. In many cases, our volunteers will reach people before they are able to receive aid from a hospital.

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Last year’s tragedy also highlighted the need for communication between local authorities, villages and key organizations. Our Disaster Preparedness program works with communities to organize drills and foster communication between critical parties during relief operations.

We thank you for your continued support of Karuna-Shechen as we work to empower others in times of need.