After exactly a month of the 25th April earthquake, we Nepalese have mastered the art of scampering away from buildings, and predicting Richter scales to their nearest value with frightening accuracies. Our alertness is so high, a majority of people are still not getting a good night’s sleep these days. Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist, said it right when he said we are social animals whose initial concern is safety, security, and intimate relationships, and like most, I constantly think about my safety and my family’s safety before I think about other peoples’, but there are those extraordinary men and women who have risen and have heroically prioritized the safety of other people and worked tirelessly to ensure they are provided with the basic necessities.
These are some of the heroes who have shown great valor in times of need and inspired us.
- Ram Prasad Sapkota
Dr. Ram Prasad Sapkota and his team were in the delivery room of Prasuti Griha Hospital, Thapathali when the earthquake struck. He was operating on a pregnant woman who had just lost her unborn child, and then the ground started shaking and medical equipment topped off the table. The mother would have died if the stillborn baby was not delivered, so he and his team ignored the tremor and completed the operation saving the mother’s life.
2. Himalayan Disaster Relief Volunteer Group
Led by Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati of The Yellow House, Himalayan Disaster Relief Volunteer Group was born out of the utmost necessity of immediate relief in the affected areas. Doctors, travellers, photographers, students, and journalists came in to make the relief works more efficient and effective. From sending supplies to providing private helicopter medevac, raising about $75,000 through crowdfunding campaigns, and assisting international volunteers and relief teams, the group has helped to coordinate missions and channel the donated supplies to the required areas.
- Ishwor Ghimire
When the earthquake struck the capital a month ago, 19-year-old Ishwor Ghimire was having lunch at the Nepal Deprived Women and Children Upliftment Centre Orphanage in Kathmandu. When the quake struck, he immediately gathered and led 55 children to safety. He carried some children and escorted others and made sure all of them would get out of the building unharmed. Ghimire also helped to construct a temporary shelter in the nearby garden.
You may have been donating just a box of biscuits, or volunteered at an organization, or maybe you walked all the way to Basantapur to help clear up the debris. You may feel it is just a small step compared to the heroic stories that keep popping up in the news, but you are nothing less than a hero yourself. Braving the fake/not-so-fake reports of the next earthquake and helping pack relief packages is not a small feat. You are awesome!
– Jasina Gurung