I know the name of this blog is “From med to the MET”, so you are probably expecting some ramblings on either health and some art. Although the name is an important tool to help me describe my intentions, it fails to encompass the elements that make me who I am.
One of the things I liked about studying medicine was the opportunity to help people in need. To go to medical brigades, and offer volunteer work to communities in need in Mexico. As I have said before, human emotion is important to me.
If you have seen the news these past few days (or, you know any kind of social media) I’m sure you’ve heard of the earthquake that shook Nepal. The moment I read the news my immediate thought was “what can I do and where can I do it?”. The doctor side of my personality came out. (I love this characteristic of human kind, we might be able to do horrible things to each other, but usually we try to give support to those in need.)
I was a little bit disappointed by the lack of response in my community, but still never one to be discouraged I looked for other world organisms that were helping, either by gathering funds or goods.
Now, why should we help? Nepal is a country on Asia, located in between India and China. It’s home to the Everest (you know that big mountain that everyone wants to climb), and a lot of ancient culture. It’s the only country whose official religion is Hinduism -one of the oldest religions in the world, can you imagine the heritage? – and it’s also really poor. So when an earthquake on the scale of 7.9 hits, the damage is going to be bigger than just a few cracks on the walls.
The last time I checked, the number of deaths was 3,700. That’s 3,700 too many if you ask me. Even if experts on the subject are saying that this was a disaster waiting to happen, it’s not the time to dwell on the “we knew it”, or “I told you so’s”. It happened, what we should be doing right now is take some action.
If I could, and if I had the abilities I would be on the next plane there as an aid worker. But I am of the idea that you can help more by not being in the way. Even if at one point in my career I thought of applying to doctors without borders, right now I wouldn’t be helpful in such a situation.
So, here’s a list of some of the associations that are gathering funds and helping, and through which you could help. I really hope you do:
Please, if you know about another association that’s helpinglet me know. If you feel that you can volunteer and help, I recommend to check the UN site, or Doctors without borders.
Humanity, empathy and team working are the thing that make us truly great, let’s not forget about that.
Lots of Love
I recommend this article on National Geographic. Beware of the pictures, truly amazing but heart wrenching.