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Orlando, Florida area couple head to the Himalaya with Medical Trek Volunteers in Nepal
With the latest Everest disaster, east and west tensions are rising in the Himalayan nation. Volunteer trekkers who come to help the underserved Nepali nationals, are a much welcomed sight. “All the village elders come out to say special thank you and Namaste to me and my wife when we set up the medical camps,” says Ramesh BK, “but in other areas, like the Solu Khumbu (Everest) region, there is plenty of medical care, but not so much love of the thousands pouring in to climb Everest right now. We provide an experience where tourists can know our culture, and actually help Nepali people without harming.”
Medical Trek Nepal takes medical volunteers in a 10 day trek, sets up 3 medical camps in remote regions of Nepal, and provides medical care and supplies to the villages.
In its fourth season, Medical Trek Nepal is gaining in international popularity as tourists look for travel with meaning and doing something for the communities where they travel.
“’Give back ‘ is part of the sustainable tourism trend, and Medical Trek Nepal fulfills that need for trekkers. They no longer want to come here to Nepal and walk through villages where they observe suffering and great need, but have no way to help,” says Sandra Krasa BK, Medical Trek Nepal Director. “This type of trek is a benefit for the communities we serve (like Dhading District) and also the people from around the world who trek with us, use their skills, help others and go home feeling like maybe someone’s life is a little better because of their presence in it… even if it was just a short time.”
In 2013, Medical Trek Nepal volunteers stopped in three villages along the Dhading route, and saw over 1000 villagers. Doctors and nurses on this trek treated skin ailments, focused on women’s health issues, and even were the first to diagnose a 9-year-old girl with polio.
“The Medical Trek Team member from New Mexico that diagnosed the little girl in Kallieri village last Spring has not forgotten her,” says Sandra Krasa BK, “she has followed up with Post Polio Health International and a Nepali doctor to get a crutch and some additional medical assistance for this girl. The child has one leg that is now 3 inches shorter than the other because of the polio that she contracted around age 7; and until Medical Trek Nepal arrived, she had never seen a doctor or any medical professional for her condition. We discovered that on the March 2013 trek, and in October 2013, we brought her crutches and our team helped her learn to use them.”
The June Medical Trek has doctors, nurses and other volunteers coming from Australia, UK, and USA, who will join Nepali nurses to complete the medical trekking team. The trek is supported by guides and porters from Hardcore Nepal Adventures (http://hardcorenepal.com) and TREKT Himalaya (http://trekthimalaya.com) (both companies owned by Ramesh and Sandra BK).
It takes a voice, it takes a village, it takes a community to come together and help each other.
Media are invited to this trek, which departs Kathmandu on June 12, 2014.
In USA contact – Sandra Krasa BK at (1) 407 433 0579
In Nepal contact – Ram Chandra BK at (977) 981 390 1983
Or by contacting Hardcore Nepal (P.) Ltd. In Kathmandu, at http://hardcorenepal.com or email@example.com
Print quality photos are available upon request. Online photos here: https://www.flickr.com/