| May 29, 2015
Enter any village in Nepal, and you’ll find amazing stories of survival.
We recently met a young woman high atop a hot, dusty Nepali mountain in the district of Dhading, waiting in a queue for water trickling from a hillside spigot. The young mother was named Suraz, and she stood patiently with her empty jug.
Suraz, center in turquoise pants, had a close call while at a communal water pipe the day the Nepal earthquake struck.
As she waited, she detailed the harrowing story of what happened to her and her family when the magnitude-7.9 earthquake began rumbling through the mountains.
“The day the quake came, I was sitting by the water pipe with my two children, ages 2 and 4, waiting my turn to fill my water containers,” she said. “My 6-month-old baby was sleeping in our house. Then the earthquake hit. I held on to my children but was so afraid for my baby in the house. When the earthquake was over, I saw all the houses fallen down and destroyed in a glimpse.”
The Dhading District was at the epicenter of the massive quake, so Suraz felt the full force of the earth shaking underfoot. By the time the ground came to a rest, Suraz was frantic, she said.
Her mind shifted to the worst-case scenario: Her infant.
She raced back home, only to find it collapsed. Her baby, she thought. What happened to her baby?
That’s when a blessing happened. Suraz met her mother-in-law walking down a dirt road, carrying her unharmed baby. The mother-in-law had saved the baby from certain death. The family is displaced but otherwise unharmed.
Still, there’s much hard work to be performed in the village and throughout Nepal. Doing it will ensure that Suraz, her baby and the rest of her children stay healthy.
Your donations are making a difference in the lives of women like Suraz. They will continue to do so. The massive earthquake that wreaked havoc throughout Nepal killed more than 8,600 and injured another 21,433. The extent of the damage is breathtaking. In the hardest-hit areas, like Dhading, there’s a lack of food and potable water. Health clinics were among the buildings either seriously damaged or completely leveled, further disrupting the ability to provide health care to mothers and children.
MTI continues to assess the medical needs of these badly affected areas. Along with in-country partners, MTI plans to provide infant and maternal health care, with an emphasis on hygiene, to some of the worst-hit areas.
For women like Suraz, who lost everything but her family, the recovery will be hard. The medical needs will be plenty. Thank you again for your generous gifts, which will aid those whose lives have been uprooted.