There comes a time in life where priorities are tested, and you realize that work-life is not always the most important facet of living. As many people are certainly well aware, Nepal has experienced two traumatizing earthquakes in the last two weeks, causing thousands of deaths and even greater numbers of injuries. My best friend, Rosha, happens to be from Kathmandu, and has given me a personal connection to the devastation that has come to her hometown.
We were planning to go to Nepal this summer, to meet the family, relax, and enjoy ourselves, but with the recent quakes, much has changed. Now, we'll go, meet her family and help out with the relief effort, providing medical aid, and helping rebuild the infrastructure if only to give Nepalis a place to sleep at night. Previously, I have travelled to Haiti several times, helping provide medical aid there after the horrible 2010 earthquake, so this isn't entirely strange territory for me, but this time, it's family that's involved.
Her father has sent us photos of him and some business partners going into the damaged areas to provide help (he's the one with the sunglasses and white shirt behind the truck!).
If you're interested in helping out or learning about our effort, please see Rosha's GoFundMe website if you would like to contribute to the recovery.
Thanks for everyone's love and continued support.
I'm a current MD-PhD candidate, working hard to help treat and manage muscular dystrophies