After a long journey, we have finally returned home. Our first visit to Nepal has been unbelievable and rewarding - I have no doubts we will return in the future.
First, I would like to send my prayers out to the people of Nepal during this period of hardship and conflict, as political strife continues to sweep the country. We hope for a safe and swift resolution for the entire nation.
I would also like to thank all of the great people at SEVA, LEI, Bausch & Lombe, Alcon, and the University Eye Foundation, who made this happen. Without them, the trip would not have been possible.
Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank you, the donors and supporters. Each and every one of you who has donated, no matter big or small, has changed lives. This may seem like an overstatement, but I can assure you it is not. I would like to give you an idea as to the significance of your contribution. The average Canadian income (according to Stats Canada) is approximately $30,000 per year. In Nepal, a senior ophthalmologist who has finished medical school, residency, and specialty training, can earn up to $1500 a month; This equates to $18,000 per year (assuming they take no vacations) and is less than working a minimum wage job for nine hours a day, five days a week.
If you followed our blog, or promoted our message, thank you.
If you supported our cause to make change, thank you.
If you donated, you have made a difference.
From all of us at Nepal Vision, we want to congratulate you for the difference you have made. Without you, this would have not been possible.
In total, we raised and donated $216,000 worth of school supplies, surgical supplies, and other needed resources to Nepal.
Stephen, Katie, and Peter