Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000028
00:17 In this land locked Himalayan state,
00:20 over half a million women are living in pain.
00:23 I remember one lady, she told us
00:25 that she had been walking around with this prolapse
00:27 hanging out of her body for 50 years.
00:31 In today's episode of Hope In Motion,
00:33 we look at how Asian Aid is supporting
00:35 the healing ministry of the church in Nepal.
00:38 We visit Scheer Memorial Hospital,
00:40 an Adventist mission that is providing healthcare
00:43 to women suffering from uterine prolapse.
00:46 Well, we are partnering with Scheer Memorial Hospital
00:49 because we truly believe
00:50 they are doing a wonderful job in their community.
00:54 And meet women whose lives has been changed,
00:56 because of Asian Aid's involvement in Nepal.
01:12 Asian Aid is an organization giving hope,
01:15 an organization fostering permanent positive change
01:18 in the lives of disadvantage children
01:20 and their communities.
01:22 An organization that is committed
01:24 to making a difference in the lives of children
01:26 and those who are in need.
01:28 Serving communities in Nepal, Bangladesh,
01:31 Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India.
01:42 For the last 40 years
01:44 Asian Aid has invested in the futures of people
01:46 and their investment has proven infinite returns.
01:50 Driven by their dedication
01:52 to helping those who have the least.
01:55 Asian Aid is an organization
01:56 focused on the welfare of children,
01:59 implementing diverse development projects
02:02 and sponsoring thousands of children.
02:04 Their outreach spans from child rescue operations
02:08 to providing an education for orphans, deaf
02:11 and the blind children.
02:13 Giving them a sense of place, a home
02:16 but above all Asian Aid is an organization giving hope,
02:20 giving hope to children, giving hope to communities,
02:24 giving hope to the ones who needed the most.
02:27 This is Hope in Motion.
02:51 Nepal is renowned for its natural beauty
02:53 and enduring culture.
02:55 Having existed as early as its neighbors India and China,
02:59 Nepal has kept its cultural heritage intact,
03:02 offering an extraordinary
03:03 travel experience for a visitor.
03:09 With eight of the ten highest mountain peaks in the world,
03:12 including Mount Everest,
03:14 Nepal's landscape is truly inspiring.
03:17 Nepal is also one of the poorest countries in the world
03:20 where one-third of the population
03:21 live below the poverty line, earning less than $2 a day.
03:26 For most of our work is in India,
03:30 but when we come to Nepal,
03:33 we see a different level of poverty.
03:35 The economy is certainly worse here,
03:37 the level of poverty, the level of pollution,
03:41 there's a huge need
03:42 and we want to do more in Nepal.
03:44 With the majority of Nepalese depending on there daily wages,
03:48 obtaining healthcare is one of the main challenges
03:50 people face in this developing country.
03:53 This is where Scheer Memorial Hospital
03:54 plays a crucial role,
03:56 in serving the medicals needs of the people of Nepal.
04:02 Scheer Memorial Hospital was established over 55 years ago
04:06 by Adventist missionaries serving in Nepal.
04:09 Situated just outside Kathmandu,
04:12 the hospital is an important institution for the community
04:15 and the Adventist church in Nepal.
04:18 Well, at the beginning that hospital,
04:22 after the establishment of hospital
04:23 is when their church started to expand.
04:26 So Scheer Memorial Hospital is basically
04:29 the best of the Adventist community in Nepal.
04:33 Right now, the church has been growing.
04:36 Now we have over around 4,000 members,
04:40 but the main organization of this Adventist church
04:43 in Nepal is our hospital.
04:47 Although the cost of the doctor's consultation
04:49 is only 33 cents, some cannot even afford that.
04:54 People come from miles around from rural villages
04:57 to hilltop settlements, seeking medical help.
05:00 The hospital also provides
05:02 ambulance services to emergency cases,
05:04 often traversing through inaccessible
05:06 and dangerous roads.
05:22 Asian Aid's focus has always been about children,
05:25 providing children who are in need with an education
05:28 and giving them an opportunity
05:29 for a better future through its sponsorship program.
05:33 Along with the need to get healthcare
05:34 and access to medical centers,
05:36 the opportunity to get good education
05:38 is highly important to the people of Nepal.
05:41 The main thing is education,
05:44 and because in this part of the world
05:45 if you got no education you,
05:48 your life is really, you know, you can't,
05:53 you can't earn hardly anything,
05:55 all you can do is labor and in many places
05:58 what the laborers are paid is almost nothing.
06:01 So I think education just mean
06:05 make so much difference in this part of the world,
06:07 more than a dozen in western countries.
06:11 But in a world where earning $2 a day
06:13 is a struggle for the majority of the people,
06:15 sending their children to school
06:17 is a strain on their finances
06:19 and it remains a distant dream.
06:21 Without sponsorship, it would be very difficult
06:23 for their children to receive an education.
06:26 I'm here at the school where Asian Aid USA
06:29 is sponsoring a number of children
06:31 next to Scheer Memorial Hospital
06:34 in Kathmandu in Nepal.
06:36 We have about 40 children at the school
06:40 and we want to increase the numbers.
06:42 This school is very important, Asian Aid USA,
06:45 as we don't have many schools in Nepal
06:48 where we're involved in,
06:50 and we have chosen the school
06:52 because of its gross relationship
06:54 to the Scheer Memorial Hospital,
06:56 but also the need in the area.
07:02 Children from the local community
07:04 and some of the hospital staff children attend the school.
07:07 Although the church is trying to develop
07:09 more schools in Nepal,
07:11 without sponsorship it would be difficult
07:13 to attract students from the community.
07:53 Suman Pranja is a fourth grade student at the school.
07:56 Orphaned at a very young age,
07:58 Suman grew up begging in the streets
08:00 in the town close by Scheer Memorial Hospital.
08:03 A local church pastor found him
08:04 and brought him to a small orphanage
08:06 he was running for abandoned children.
08:08 His church members supported his work and provided
08:10 funding for their food and accommodation,
08:13 but he found it difficult to pay their tuition fees.
08:15 Fortunately for Suman,
08:17 pastor new people at Scheer Memorial
08:19 and Suman was enrolled at the school.
08:21 He is now sponsored by Asian Aid USA.
08:26 I'm very happy that Suman could go to the school
08:30 and he is getting sponsorship
08:32 and this school at the hospital
08:34 is a Christian school.
08:35 And he could continue to learn about Jesus there.
09:06 My name is Goma Paudyal, I teach in play group.
09:10 These kids are lovely and I enjoy teaching them.
09:14 This is the best job I enjoy the most
09:16 and I don't even notice when the time pass,
09:19 when I'm playing with them and teaching them.
09:21 This is what I enjoy the most here.
09:26 The school provides employment to teachers
09:28 who are from the local community.
09:30 Like Goma Paudyal,
09:31 who otherwise would have to travel long distances
09:33 or go to Kathmandu to find the good teaching job.
09:38 The school also provides one nourishing meal a day
09:41 for all children as part of its incentive program
09:44 to encourage parents
09:45 to send their children to school.
09:50 Education is highly valued in Nepal
09:53 as it is in rest of South Asia.
09:55 Parents perceive the good education
09:56 as a catalyst for change.
09:58 This perception is not just for a better future
10:01 for their children,
10:02 but they also believe it will bring changes
10:04 to their own fortunes.
10:06 In these cultures usually
10:08 the educated children will care for the parents also
10:11 when they get old.
10:12 Because if a parent gets to the place
10:15 where they're too sick and too old
10:17 to work in the field,
10:18 so whatever laboring work they've been doing.
10:21 Well, what you do?
10:23 You basically begged and starve
10:25 or you know depending where you live,
10:28 maybe some beggars are--
10:29 you know can make a little bit, but in remote areas
10:33 specially if they are in a village
10:34 where everybody is poor.
10:36 You know, they're lucky to, to get anything.
10:38 So I think a lot of parents also think about that,
10:41 that you know,
10:42 if my child gets a good education,
10:44 it will also be a blessing to me in my old age.
10:47 But she quickly read. Read quickly.
10:50 Quickly she started, how you read.
10:53 My name is Andrew Rapp,
10:54 I'm from Walla Walla University.
10:56 I'm studying business,
10:58 marketing in international business,
11:00 but I took a gap year to come to Nepal and work
11:03 as a volunteer school teacher and youth mentor.
11:07 Colorado native Andrew
11:08 is a volunteer teacher at the school.
11:11 Because of its close association with the hospital,
11:14 the school has been privileged to bring in overseas teachers,
11:17 who come here bringing a new approach to teaching.
11:19 This not only exposes the students
11:21 to an international array of teachers,
11:23 but also helps the missionary teachers
11:25 get a different outlook in life.
11:28 I think for me it was really important
11:30 just to be able to take a break,
11:33 take a step back from my life in school
11:36 and being so focused on what I wanted to do
11:39 and take a step back and see what other people need,
11:43 that there is more, more important things
11:45 than just my concerns.
11:46 There is, there is people that have more immediate needs than,
11:50 than the fickle things
11:51 that I think might be so important back home.
11:55 No doubt, a good Christian education
11:58 and schools providing that opportunity
12:00 is a beacon of hope for the children here.
12:02 And Asian Aid's sponsorship program
12:04 is helping them to see that ray of hope
12:06 in this impoverished yet idyllic region.
12:10 But all is not what it seems
12:12 underneath its beauty in the fields and hilltops,
12:14 villages and towns, women are living in pain.
12:18 When we come back,
12:19 we look at how over a half a million women
12:21 are suffering from uterine prolapse
12:23 and discover how Asian Aid is helping ease their pain.
12:42 My wife Angela and I are here in Andhra Pradesh, India,
12:46 visiting some of the Asian Aid projects to see for ourselves
12:49 how the work that is being done here is transforming lives,
12:53 especially the lives of orphaned children
12:55 and abandoned children,
12:57 children from the tribal communities.
12:59 And we've discovered that because of sponsors like you,
13:02 they now have a place that they can call home.
13:04 They have wonderful clothing,
13:06 nutritious food and they are being prepared
13:09 to propel themselves into the future
13:11 for a promising career.
13:13 But above all that
13:15 because of sponsors like you they now have hope,
13:17 hope for a better future.
13:33 Well, I am here in Sunrise Home with Sheela.
13:36 Now my family and I have been sponsoring Sheela
13:39 for just about a year now
13:40 and I can tell you being here and spending time with her,
13:43 I can see the difference that sponsorship
13:45 is making in her life.
13:47 She now has plenty of food,
13:49 she has a beautiful place to sleep each night,
13:51 she has clothes, she has a school uniform
13:54 and an excellent education.
13:56 I can tell you it's made a difference in her life
13:58 and it's made a difference in our lives too.
14:01 Now through sponsorship you too can make a difference
14:04 in the life of a child everyday.
14:30 Nepal, sandwiched between Asian giants China and India
14:34 is a landlocked sovereign state in the Himalayas.
14:37 The mountain range in the north
14:39 is home to eight of the world's tallest mountain peaks
14:42 including the highest point on earth, Mount Everest,
14:45 thus making it popular for mountaineering.
14:48 Hinduism is practiced by over 80% of the population,
14:51 making it the country
14:52 with the highest percentage of Hindus.
14:54 With the birth place of Buddha located in this region,
14:57 Nepal is also historically linked with Buddhism,
15:00 making it culturally very rich.
15:03 However, Nepal is also economically challenged
15:06 and is home to some of the poorest people on the planet
15:09 and this economically backward environment
15:12 and harsh terrain where infrastructure
15:14 and transport is unavailable,
15:16 women become the beast of burden.
15:27 Economic difficulties and cultural perceptions
15:29 have made women of Nepal suffer silently,
15:33 the condition is called uterine prolapse.
15:37 Yes, this is something very interesting
15:38 because this condition of uterine prolapse
15:41 is not so common in most of the countries,
15:44 but interestingly in Nepal it is very common to see
15:49 uterine prolapse in women and the reason,
15:51 we don't know exactly the reason,
15:53 but over here the ladies have to carry a lot weight,
15:58 so weight carrying also provide the incidents
16:02 of prolapse more high,
16:05 also having more children also provide
16:08 more incidents of having this problem,
16:11 so it is multifactorial.
16:13 We cannot say, we cannot point
16:14 to one only one, one thing but,
16:18 well, we know in Nepal
16:20 it is very common to have this problem.
16:25 Uterine prolapse is a condition in a woman
16:27 where her uterus just falls off her body.
16:30 We learned that one of the main reasons
16:32 women get prolapse
16:33 is because they are forced to carry heavy loads,
16:36 sometimes around 50 kilos strapped around their forehead,
16:40 pressing down on their neck.
16:42 Often they have to continue with this heavy labor
16:44 right after child birth.
16:46 The stress and pressure this puts on their lower back
16:48 is so dangerous and their delicate body
16:51 cannot support their uterus.
17:00 We cannot go to details about the condition,
17:04 but having this condition affect the women in a,
17:07 in a extreme way,
17:09 to the extreme tough sometime their husband leave them
17:14 because of their marital problem then they have,
17:18 So yes, it is a very incapacitating condition
17:22 for the women and it affects not only the women,
17:24 but also the entire family.
17:27 In this patriarchal society,
17:29 women suffering from prolapse are ashamed of their condition
17:32 and they don't want to come forward
17:34 and suffer in silence for decades.
17:37 The psychological impact this has on their wellbeing
17:40 affects their already battered physical condition.
17:43 Thousands go undetected and when they are discovered,
17:46 they become outcast, excluded and deserted
17:49 by their husbands and families.
18:03 Today women suffering from uterine prolapse have hope.
18:07 Over the last 10 years Asian Aid has funded a program
18:10 along with Scheer Memorial Hospital
18:12 to identify these women wherever they are
18:15 and facilitate surgeries
18:16 and provide much needed preventative health education.
18:20 Well, we are partnering with Scheer Memorial Hospital
18:23 because we truly believe
18:24 they are doing a wonderful job in their community.
18:28 It's the only Adventist hospital in Nepal.
18:31 It's a critical part of the church in Nepal
18:35 and they now have the facilities
18:38 to do the prolapse operations
18:42 and so our funding program is very valuable to them,
18:47 because they have plenty of capacity.
18:49 And so for us it's very rewarding
18:53 not only to make the lives--
18:56 the change of lives for the women,
18:59 but also we are able to help the institution in gaining work
19:03 and doing work in the community.
19:06 It's here at the hospital,
19:08 we have done a lot of prolapse operations,
19:11 I think I forget how many years
19:13 we've been doing it now maybe 10 or 11 years,
19:15 but during that time we have now operated
19:18 on between 8 and 9,000 ladies.
19:20 And to see the difference it makes,
19:23 you know, it's some--
19:26 I just can't imagine have these women like this--
19:29 I remember one lady,
19:30 she told us that she had been
19:32 walking around with this prolapse
19:34 hanging out of her body for 50 years.
19:38 Well, as a hospital we can say
19:40 that we are very grateful for Asian Aid,
19:43 because they have been providing surgeries
19:45 or support for surgeries for the last two years.
19:48 And we are grateful in behalf of all the families
19:51 and the patient that we have been treating,
19:53 sent thanks to the help of Asian Aid.
20:07 All throughout its history,
20:08 Scheer Memorial Hospital has been privileged
20:11 to host a number of medical professionals from abroad
20:13 who volunteer their time and expertise,
20:16 conducting camps.
20:17 This has benefited thousands of people
20:19 from the local community, especially women.
20:22 This week a group from Sydney Adventist Hospital
20:25 from Sydney, Australia,
20:27 is here conducting prolapse operations.
20:29 Just to see these women have it fixed,
20:32 not have that prolapse any more,
20:34 they're so happy, they hug us,
20:36 they kiss us, they want to shake our hand,
20:39 they want to touch us and it is just--
20:42 it's humbling, very humbling
20:44 because with they're grateful,
20:46 you know, in society that you just don't realize
20:51 how hard it is for them here to be working
20:54 under the circumstances they got to work under.
20:58 Karen is part of a volunteer group
20:59 Open Heart International from Sydney.
21:02 These are medical professionals
21:04 that go to various developing countries
21:06 each year conducting medical camps.
21:08 For Karen and her team,
21:09 camps such as these may seem just another day's work,
21:12 but it has a profound impact on these women
21:15 who suffered from prolapse
21:16 and for the volunteers
21:18 it's an opportunity to make a difference
21:20 in their own humble ways.
21:22 Volunteering to me, it's emotional.
21:26 You will get very drawn into what they don't have
21:29 and what we can give them.
21:31 We might be-- we're just doing
21:33 what we do every day back at home,
21:35 but for them it's life changing
21:37 and even though it might seem just a drop in the ocean.
21:43 For 80 to 90 women in the 10 days
21:46 that we are here for operating,
21:48 that changes their changes, and that change of life
21:51 for these people that makes it emotional.
21:55 Scheer Memorial Hospital is overwhelmed with the inflow
21:58 of women needing surgeries for uterine prolapse.
22:01 Without these volunteers it would be a tough task
22:04 to facilitate them all.
22:06 In the hospital we have 2 to 300 surgery
22:08 will be there in the year,
22:10 out of 2 to 300
22:11 we have 30 to 40 percentage
22:14 of surgery will be done the uterine prolapse.
22:17 The only thing that is stopping us to doing more
22:21 it is basically the financial aspect.
22:23 If we'll have more, more funding we can do even more,
22:27 right now we do have some funding
22:29 some other Adventist station
22:30 that they come and do the surgery them self,
22:33 but how many we can do
22:34 it is basically 300, 400 is countless,
22:40 because the incidents are extremely high.
22:47 Over half a million women are suffering
22:49 from prolapse in Nepal
22:50 and Scheer Memorial Hospital is a place they can come
22:53 to get it fixed and ease their suffering.
22:56 It's so apt to say that Scheer Memorial Hospital
22:59 is truly a beacon on the hilltop.
23:02 To have an institution and for Asian Aid
23:06 to provide the opportunity to these ladies,
23:09 who don't have to live with this,
23:11 this is curable, this is fixable,
23:15 you know, that's the benefit.
23:16 Imagine it when a lady has the operation,
23:19 she goes back, she is now accepted into the home.
23:24 She can mend relationships.
23:26 She can add value to the family.
23:29 She can add value to the community,
23:31 to the other ladies, spread the good news.
23:34 Tell them about how people love them
23:36 and want to make things different for them.
23:39 Isn't that a blessing?
23:43 The good news is spreading among women in Nepal,
23:46 the more women are identified, educated
23:49 and brought to these camps,
23:50 the more women are willing to come out
23:52 and seek medical care.
23:53 This one here, her name is Punyaswari,
23:56 and she actually has--
23:58 because she has been so grateful
24:00 for what has happened in her life,
24:02 she has now brought 25 more ladies
24:05 who had operations
24:07 and I think that's really special
24:09 and so they just when we tell them
24:11 we were having the filming today,
24:13 they were just so thrilled to think
24:14 that they could come and say how grateful
24:17 they are for the transformation that's happened in their lives.
24:23 Well, it's changed their lives
24:24 and now that they can walk comfortably,
24:26 they are able to work
24:28 and help again and care for their families,
24:30 it's just it's a totally transforming thing
24:34 that I think we just couldn't understand
24:37 unless we had actually been
24:38 through the same experiences they have been.
24:41 And for this lady to bring 25,
24:43 I think that's really something
24:44 because that shows how grateful she is
24:48 for the operation that she has had.
24:55 Today Adventist missions like Scheer Memorial Hospital,
24:58 organizations like Asian Aid
25:00 and the goodwill of hundreds of volunteers
25:02 and missionaries is making a difference
25:05 and bringing a healing touch to women in Nepal,
25:08 transforming their lives every single day.
25:11 Together it is possible to facilitate this transformation
25:14 for these grateful women.
25:16 It is possible to put smiles back on their faces,
25:19 just to hear them say thank you.
25:28 They are a nation who are so loving and thankful
25:33 and if I can just help a little bit,
25:36 I'll keep coming back.