Adella McCulloch- Nepal trip 2016
My name is Adella McCulloch, I live in Maybole and I am a second year student nurse at Glasgow Caledonian University due to qualify in 2017. In October 2015 I signed up to a volunteering trip to Nepal to promote health care for three weeks. In order for me to go on this trip the charity (Challenges abroad) asked that I raised £2000 in order for me to gain their full support. Due to this I came to the church to ask for your help and support. The churches kind donations raised £365. I cannot thank the congregation enough for this help as money like this goes a long way in countries like Nepal.
Whilst in Nepal I visited five different school both private and government schools. All of these schools had different levels of English however as I met the children I soon realised their English was better than mine.
Prior to going on the trip I was able to buy supplies with the money raised. I bought things such as first aid boxes, growth charts, toys, cleaning supplies and much more.
Whilst in Nepal I was able to teach these children about basic life support and the importance of washing your hands along with sexual health and physiology. These children were so eager to learn and always had a smile on their face no matter what. The school curriculum in Nepal is very basic and most of these children had never learnt any of these skills before.
During the first week in Nepal I really struggled to adapt to my surroundings. At my accommodation there was no toilets, no electricity, and no beds. I also developed a stomach infection from the dirty air I was breathing. I quickly realised I was far away from home and wanted to give up. However, I met a little girl who was four years old called Shaira. This little girl had lost her home and her family in the earthquake in 2015. She was now living with her sister in a tent who looked after her. After finding this out I quickly raised my spirits and got on with the task I had come over to do. I found myself making the most of my surroundings by washing my clothes in buckets and showering in the heavy rainfall.
During my time at the schools I met a little boy who was behaving differently to others. I assessed this little boy and was able to diagnose him with ADHA and Autism. I then supplied information to the schools and to his family on how to deal with him. Without my help this little boy would have been isolated from society and from the other children in the schools.
I also tested the eye sight of all the children and came across a little girl who severally needed glasses. Her mum and dad couldn’t afford to buy her glasses so I personally took her to the opticians and bought her a pair of glasses which only cost me £6. I requested that some of the money raised was put towards buying children glasses who needed them.
One little girl wrote me a letter saying ‘Dear Adella, I am very proud of you and I am forever grateful, please do not forget me’ Although I was the one teaching these children I learnt a lot from them too. I got to learn about new cultures and religions and I also became aware of how lucky I am and how I should never take the simple things in life for granted.
A key message that I have learnt from this experience is, the main reason we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful, we let what was a miracle to us become common. We become so accustomed to the simple things in life it becomes routine to us. Never forget how lucky you are in life and how simple daily routines to us can be miracles to someone else.
Thank you once again for your kind support and help I could not have done it without you.