Below is World Harvest Interview with Golden Nest Owner, Be Inspired!
Hey, everyone!!! I just wanted to update you guys on some of the cool things that we’ve been doing here at WorldHarvest. We’ve recently assembled a spiffy, all-in-one medical relief bus called the MSB (Medical Service Bus) for our upcoming outreach in Nepal! This vehicle is equipped with a dental chair, tent, water filtration system, and many other tools to make our medical mission a whole lot more convenient. We are incredibly thankful for the donors who made this bus possible. Because of sponsors like Golden Nest Inc, we can bring the medical relief to some of the most rural terrains in Nepal. We actually had a chance to talk to the owner of Golden Nest recently and here are some of the things he had to say regarding his decision to donate to the MSB.
WorldHarvest: What do you want to see accomplished?
Due to the poor financial standing of most residents in Nepal, health care is hard to attain and even harder to maintain. It’s normal for most families to tend to their crops each day from dawn to dusk. This, in combination with the geography of the land, is a huge problem for the Nepali people when they need to seek immediate medical care. It can take a few days to walk to the nearest road, since taking the bus would cost them a hefty sum of money. Most individuals cannot afford to spend this much time or money, so they resort to just dealing with their sickness without any medical attention. Being able to live a healthy life is a basic human right, and when we see people without this fundamental aspect, we must step in and make a change. My vision for sponsoring this medical bus is simple—to help those less fortunate to be able to seek medical help. I wish to see the Nepali people gain access to health care facilities so that they may be able to focus on their loved ones and enjoy life more freely without having to worry about spending such valuable time and money in travel.
WorldHarvest: What did you see over in Nepal that made you want to support this medical bus project?
Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world. In the mid 1990’s, Maoist rebels began a decade-long campaign that left almost 12,000 people dead and around 100,000 displaced. The recovery from this travesty is still underway even though it’s been almost two decades. More than half of the Nepali population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. The average life expectancy is only 66 years due to the critical lack of health care. This results in thousands of unnecessary deaths due to malnutrition, communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS.
Last year, after I had visited Nepal, I felt so much more whole than when I first arrived. This is because I saw things that surprised me and changed my perspective. My team and I saw people living with hardly any tangible items and still giving help to those around them, who had even less. Nepal is a community-based system. This cooperative society meant that if one family does not have enough crops in their field to feed themselves, then the others would offer some of their own crops to ensure that everyone would be able to eat. We experienced this selflessness when the Nepali people looked at us, perfect strangers, with the same friendly eyes.
We knew we needed to find a way to help these loving people even though we were unable to assist them at the time. That is why we decided to sponsor this medical bus. In using the bus, the residents of Nepal will be able to receive medical attention without spending several days travelling. Although many support groups travel to Nepal to provide aid, the Nepali need self-reliance, peace of mind, and the freedom to seek medical services upon its necessity.
WorldHarvest: How do you think this medical bus will help the Nepali people?
This medical bus will change the lives of the Nepali people in ways that one could not even imagine. The bus will provide not only a means of transportation but it will also allow for a healthier community, and more importantly, peace of mind. A medical bus means that a mother may rest easier at night knowing that if her child falls sick, which happens all too often, then he/she will be able to receive attention more quickly. In addition, a child will be able to enjoy more time with her HIV-positive parents since access to treatment will become more attainable and more consistent. These priceless luxuries—extra time with loved ones and a slightly less stressful mind—are even more valuable than money, and that is what a medical bus will provide for the Nepali people.