Nepal Relief Fund Raised over $60,000 for Sheer Memorial Hospital
» On a quiet Saturday morning in late April, the people of Nepal were drenched in chaos as a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook their foundations into rubble. The epicenter of the earthquake struck northwest of Nepal’s capital city, Katmandu. However, due to the magnitude of the quake, tragedy spread far and wide across the small mountainous country. Buildings crumbled, houses caved and the shaky ground instilled fear in everyone.
Half way across the world in Denver, Colorado, Centura’s Global Health Initiatives (GHI) team began organizing a relief fund with the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation (RMAHF) and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Foundation for those effected in Banepa ,Nepal, specifically for the community surrounding the Sheer Memorial Hospital (SMH). The Sheer Memorial Hospital and GHI has had a long standing relationship coordinating medical mission trips focused primarily on women’s reproductive health.
After a few meetings that following Monday, the relief fund was communicated through email blasts, Twitter and Facebook updates and Centura Health news updates. “There was such an energy and out pouring of donations to help SMH. It felt so good to be able to be a part of this and see how the spirit of generosity was alive and making a difference!,” said Kim Kennedy, an employee at Rocky Mountain and one of many organizers of the relief fund.
In just a few days, GHI, RMAHF and CHI had raised $20,000. And it didn't stop there. On July 14, two and a half months after the two devastating earthquakes, the CEO of Sheer Memorial Hospital, Dr. Dale Mole, received a check amounting to $61,079 for Sheer and their staff to continue treating patients in their town and those pouring in from surrounding villages.
While the majority of the funds are being used for direct medical care for earthquake victims, the money is also being used for medical equipment to support those victims, infrastructure repair and improvement, as well as relief supplies and expenses.
As for the doctors, nurses, volunteers and administrative staff at Sheer, they have stood by their patients and their community, working unbelievable hours with hope in their pocket. The stories that have come out of this tragedy have been both heartwarming and devastating. But the support the hospital has received from Centura, as well as other various organizations and individuals, has allowed them to provide and protect those in need.
However, the effects of the earthquake are still a large concern for the majority of Nepalese. In a meeting with Dr. Mole, he communicated just how dire the situation remains in Nepal. “Over three and a half million people are displaced, the monsoons are coming, people are in need and SMH has structural damage from the earthquake”, said Kennedy when asked about the meeting with Dr. Mole. “The battle is not over for SMH and we will continue to support them.”
Your donations have saved lives and your prayers have been heard. But in order to keep victims alive and out of harm's way in the monsoon season, SMH needs continuing support.
For more information about the situation at Sheer Memorial Hospital and their uplifting stories, please visit the hospital’s blog at http://scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com/. [By Lilly Kautz and Greg Hodgson; Photo by Carla Prentiss]