Just over a month since a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, Kayla Robertson from World Vision Australia writes on the important work they are still doing there.
In the wake of death and destruction following Nepal’s devastating earthquake, a tiny vision has arrived in the remote mountainous village of Sugura.
A baby boy called Vision, and his mother Ganga, survived a two day labour, just four days after the April 25 earthquake that killed more than 8,500 people.
“I sat outside on the dirt labouring for two days with only my children and sister-in-law for company,” Ganga said.
“It was only when several engineers came to visit our home to make an assessment that they saw what was happening and an ambulance was called.”
Perched on top of a mountain several hours drive from the nearest village Sindhuli, the tiny community of farming families has limited healthcare and education services and consists simply of mud-brick houses and crops of maize, wheat and corn. It’s one example of countless communities dotted across Nepal’s mountainous landscape.
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“We live on top of a high mountain and my sister-in-law had to carry me down on a stretcher – I thought I was going to die from the pain,” Ganga said.
“Eventually I reached the ambulance and they drove me to the Sindhuli health post, where doctors and nurses eventually delivered my baby boy at 7:30pm.
“He didn’t scream for three hours – they thought he wasn’t alive. Finally he cried, and I was able to name him Vision after the role that World Vision played in his delivery.”
Across this valley there are five women heavily pregnant, unable to access health facilities in one of the most remote parts of the country. It’s more than an hour hike down the mountain and a two-hour drive to the nearest health post in Sindhuli, so expectant mothers remain at home to give birth. With the earthquake destroying scores of houses in this area, women are now forced to give birth out in the open.