Hope In Motion

Healing Touch / Nepal Appeal

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: HIM

Program Code: HIM000828A

00:12 I am Jim Rennie, CEO of Asian Aid USA.
00:17 As you have heard by now,
00:18 the country of Nepal has been hit by a massive earthquake.
00:23 Thousands are dead and tens of thousands are injured.
00:27 Scheer Adventist Memorial Hospital
00:30 is the only church institution in Nepal
00:33 and it's very important to the outreach of the church,
00:37 but also the massive community that it serves.
00:40 Right now Scheer Adventist Memorial Hospital
00:44 is overwhelmed with the injured that are coming through
00:47 its hospital gates every hour.
00:50 Scheer Hospital have asked Asian Aid
00:53 to establish an emergency fund to help the hospital
00:57 cope with this massive emergency.
01:01 The program we're showing this evening is the one
01:04 from our Hope In Motion series that shows the work
01:07 that Scheer has done.
01:09 And during this program we will share with you
01:12 some information about the appeal
01:15 and how you can help this emergency situation.
01:31 Asian Aid is an organization giving hope,
01:34 an organization fostering permanent positive change
01:38 in the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities.
01:41 An organization that is committed
01:43 to making a difference in the lives of children
01:46 and those who were in need.
01:47 Serving communities in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
01:51 Myanmar and India.
02:01 For the last 40 years, Asian Aid has invested
02:04 in the futures of people
02:06 and their investment has proven infinite returns.
02:10 Driven by their dedication
02:12 to helping those who have the least.
02:14 Asian Aid is an organization
02:16 focused on the welfare of children,
02:18 implementing diverse development projects
02:21 and sponsoring thousands of children.
02:24 Their outreach spans from child rescue operations,
02:27 to providing an education for orphans,
02:30 deaf and the blind children.
02:32 Giving them a sense of place, a home but above all,
02:36 Asian Aid is an organization giving hope,
02:40 giving hope to children, giving hope to communities,
02:43 giving hope to the ones who needed the most.
02:47 This is Hope In Motion.
03:11 Nepal is renowned
03:12 for its natural beauty and enduring culture.
03:15 Having existed as early as its neighbors
03:17 India and China,
03:19 Nepal has kept its cultural heritage intact,
03:21 offering an extraordinary
03:23 travel experience for a visitor.
03:28 With eight of the ten highest mountain peaks in the world,
03:31 including Mount Everest,
03:33 Nepal's landscape is truly inspiring.
03:36 Nepal is also
03:37 one of the poorest countries in the world
03:39 where one-third of the population live
03:41 below the poverty line, earning less than $2 a day.
03:46 For most of our work is in India,
03:49 but when we come to Nepal,
03:52 we see a different level of poverty.
03:55 The economy is certainly worse here,
03:57 the level of poverty, the level of pollution,
04:00 there's a huge need
04:01 and we want to do more in Nepal.
04:04 With the majority of Nepalese depending on their daily wages,
04:07 obtaining healthcare is one of the main challenges
04:10 people face in this developing country.
04:12 This is where Scheer Memorial Hospital plays
04:14 a crucial role in serving
04:16 the medical needs of the people of Nepal.
04:22 Scheer Memorial Hospital
04:23 was established over 55 years ago
04:26 by Adventist missionaries serving in Nepal.
04:29 Situated just outside Kathmandu,
04:31 the hospital is an important institution for the community
04:34 and the Adventist church in Nepal.
04:37 Well, at the beginning the hospital,
04:41 after the establishment of hospital
04:43 is when their church started to expand.
04:45 So Scheer Memorial Hospital is basically the best
04:49 of the Adventist community in Nepal.
04:52 Right now, the church has been growing.
04:55 Now we have over around 4,000 members,
04:59 but the main organization
05:02 of the Seventh-day Adventist church
05:03 in Nepal is our hospital.
05:07 Although the cost of the doctor's consultation
05:09 is only 33 cents, some cannot even afford that.
05:13 People come from miles around from rural villages
05:16 to hilltop settlements, seeking medical help.
05:20 The hospital also provides
05:21 ambulance services to emergency cases,
05:24 often traversing
05:25 through inaccessible and dangerous roads.
05:42 Asian Aid's focus has always been about children,
05:45 providing children
05:46 who are in need with an education
05:47 and giving them an opportunity for a better future
05:50 through its sponsorship program.
05:52 Along with the need to get healthcare
05:54 and access to medical centers,
05:56 the opportunity to get good education
05:58 is highly important to the people of Nepal.
06:01 The main thing is education,
06:03 and because in this part of the world
06:05 if you got no education you, your life is really,
06:11 you know, you can't, you can't earn hardly anything,
06:14 all you can do is labor
06:17 and in many places
06:18 what the laborers are paid is almost nothing.
06:21 So I think education just mean make so much difference
06:25 in this part of the world,
06:26 more than a dozen in western countries.
06:30 But in a world where earning $2 a day is a struggle
06:33 for the majority of the people,
06:35 sending their children to school
06:36 is a strain on their finances and it remains a distant dream.
06:40 Without sponsorship, it would be very difficult
06:43 for their children to receive an education.
06:46 I'm here at the school where Asian Aid USA
06:49 is sponsoring a number of children
06:51 next to Scheer Memorial Hospital in Kathmandu in Nepal.
06:56 We have about 40 children at the school
06:59 and we want to increase the numbers.
07:02 This school is very important, Asian Aid USA,
07:05 as we don't have many schools in Nepal
07:08 where we're involved in,
07:09 and we have chosen the school
07:11 because of its gross relationship
07:13 to the Scheer Memorial Hospital,
07:16 but also the need in the area.
07:22 Children from the local community
07:23 and some of the hospital staff's children
07:25 attend the school.
07:27 Although the church is trying
07:28 to develop more schools in Nepal,
07:30 without sponsorship it would be difficult
07:32 to attract students from the community.
08:12 Suman Pranja is a fourth grade student at the school.
08:16 Orphaned at a very young age, Suman grew up begging
08:18 in the streets in the town
08:20 close by Scheer Memorial Hospital.
08:22 A local church pastor found him
08:24 and brought him to a small orphanage
08:25 he was running for abandoned children.
08:27 His church members supported his work
08:29 and provided funding
08:31 for their food and accommodation.
08:32 But he found it difficult to pay their tuition fees.
08:35 Fortunately for Suman,
08:36 pastor knew people at Scheer Memorial
08:38 and Suman was enrolled at the school.
08:40 He is now sponsored by Asian Aid USA.
08:46 I'm very happy that Suman could go to the school
08:49 and he is getting sponsorship and this school at the hospital
08:53 is a Christian school.
08:55 And he could continue to learn about Jesus there.
09:25 My name is Goma Paudyal, I teach in play group.
09:30 These kids are lovely and I enjoy teaching them.
09:33 This is the best job I enjoy the most
09:35 and I don't even notice when the time pass,
09:38 when I'm playing with them and teaching them.
09:40 This is what I enjoy the most here.
09:45 The school provides employment to teachers
09:47 who are from the local community.
09:49 Like Goma Paudyal,
09:51 who otherwise would have to travel long distances
09:53 or go to Kathmandu to find a good teaching job.
09:57 The school also provides one nourishing meal a day
10:00 for all children as part of its incentive program
10:03 to encourage parents to send their children to school.
10:09 Education is highly valued in Nepal
10:12 as it is in rest of South Asia.
10:14 Parents perceive a good education
10:16 as a catalyst for change.
10:18 This perception is not
10:19 just for a better future for their children,
10:21 but they also believe
10:23 it will bring changes to their own fortunes.
10:26 In these cultures usually the educated children
10:29 will care for the parents also when they get old.
10:32 Because if a parent gets to the place
10:34 where they're too sick and too old
10:37 to work in the field,
10:38 so whatever laboring work they've been doing.
10:40 Well, what you do?
10:42 You basically beg and starve or you know,
10:45 depending where you live, maybe some beggars are,
10:48 you know, can make a little bit,
10:50 but in remote areas especially if they are in a village
10:54 where everybody is poor.
10:55 You know, they're lucky to, to get anything.
10:58 So I think a lot of parents also think about that,
11:01 that you know,
11:02 if my child gets a good education,
11:04 it will also be a blessing to me in my old age.
11:07 But she quickly read.
11:09 Read quickly.
11:10 Quickly describes, how you read.
11:12 My name is Andrew Rapp,
11:14 I'm from Walla Walla University.
11:16 I'm studying business,
11:18 marketing in international business,
11:19 but I took a gap year to come to Nepal
11:22 and work as a volunteer school teacher
11:24 and youth mentor.
11:26 Colorado native Andrew
11:28 is a volunteer teacher at the school.
11:30 Because of its close association with the hospital,
11:33 the school has been privileged to bring in overseas teachers,
11:36 who come here bringing a new approach to teaching.
11:39 This not only exposes the students
11:40 to an international array of teachers,
11:43 but also helps the missionary teachers
11:45 get a different outlook in life.
11:47 I think for me it was really important
11:50 just to be able to take a break,
11:53 take a step back from my life in school
11:55 and being so focused on what I wanted to do
11:58 and take a step back and see what other people need,
12:02 that there is more,
12:03 more important things than just my concerns.
12:06 There is, there is people
12:08 that have more immediate needs than,
12:10 than the fickle things
12:11 that I think might be so important back home.
12:15 No doubt, a good Christian education
12:17 and schools providing that opportunity
12:19 is a beacon of hope for the children here.
12:22 And Asian Aid's sponsorship program is helping them
12:24 see that ray of hope in this impoverished
12:27 yet idyllic region.
12:29 But all is not what it seems.
12:31 Underneath its beauty in the fields and hilltops,
12:34 villages and towns, women are living in pain.
12:37 When we come back, we look at how
12:39 over a half a million women are suffering
12:41 from Uterine prolapse and discover
12:43 how Asian Aid is helping ease their pain.
12:50 As you can see from this program
12:52 Scheer Memorial Hospital does some amazing work
12:55 in its partnership with Asian Aid.
12:58 But right now Scheer Memorial Hospital is overwhelmed
13:02 with injured people from this massive earthquake.
13:06 Every hour more people are coming through the gate
13:09 and patients are even been treated outside.
13:13 The damage is huge
13:14 and people are still coming in the gate.
13:17 This appeal will help Scheer Memorial Hospital
13:21 in treating these people and helping the community.
13:25 We ask for your help.
13:27 Please contact Asian Aid to help this urgent appeal.
13:35 Well, I am here in Sunrise Home with Sheela.
13:38 Now my family and I have been sponsoring Sheela
13:40 for just about a year now
13:42 and I can tell you being here and spending time with her,
13:45 I can see the difference
13:46 that sponsorship is making in her life.
13:48 She now has plenty of food,
13:50 she has a beautiful place to sleep each night,
13:52 she has clothes, she has a school uniform
13:55 and an excellent education.
13:57 I can tell you
13:58 it's made a difference in her life
14:00 and it's made a difference in our lives too.
14:02 Now through sponsorship you too can make a difference
14:05 in the life of a child everyday.
14:31 Nepal, sandwiched between Asian giants China and India
14:36 is a landlocked sovereign state in the Himalayas.
14:39 The mountain range in the north is home
14:41 to eight of the world's tallest mountain peaks
14:43 including the highest point on earth,
14:45 Mount Everest,
14:47 thus making it popular for mountaineering.
14:49 Hinduism is practiced by over 80% of the population,
14:52 making it the country
14:54 with the highest percentage of Hindus.
14:56 With the birth place of Buddha located in this region,
14:59 Nepal is also historically linked with Buddhism,
15:02 making it culturally very rich.
15:04 However, Nepal is also economically challenged
15:07 and is home
15:09 to some of the poorest people on the planet
15:11 and this economically backward environment
15:13 and harsh terrain
15:14 where infrastructure and transport is unavailable,
15:17 women become the beast of burden.
15:28 Economic difficulties and cultural perceptions
15:31 have made women of Nepal suffer silently,
15:34 the condition is called Uterine prolapse.
15:38 Yes, this is something very interesting
15:40 because this condition of Uterine prolapse
15:42 is not so common in most of the countries.
15:45 But interestingly in Nepal it is very common
15:49 to see Uterine prolapse in women.
15:52 And the reason, we don't know exactly the reason,
15:54 but over here the ladies have to carry a lot weight,
15:59 so weight carrying also provide the incidents
16:03 of prolapse more high,
16:06 also having more children
16:08 also provide more incidents of having this problem,
16:12 so it is multifactorial.
16:14 We cannot say,
16:15 we cannot point to one only one,
16:17 one thing but, well, we know in Nepal
16:21 it is very common to have this problem.
16:26 Uterine prolapse is a condition in a woman
16:29 where her uterus just falls off her body.
16:32 We learned that one of the main reasons women get prolapse
16:35 is because they are forced to carry heavy loads.
16:37 Sometimes around 50 kilos strapped around their forehead,
16:41 pressing down on their neck.
16:43 Often they have to continue with this heavy labor
16:46 right after child birth.
16:47 The stress and pressure this puts on their lower back
16:50 is so dangerous
16:51 and their delicate body cannot support their uterus.
17:02 We cannot go to detail of what is the condition,
17:05 but having this condition affect the women in a,
17:08 in a extreme way, to the extreme
17:12 that sometime their husbands leave them
17:15 because of their marital problems
17:18 that they may have.
17:19 So yes, it is
17:20 a very incapacitating condition for the women
17:24 and that effects not only the women,
17:26 but also the entire family.
17:29 In this patriarchal society, women suffering from prolapse
17:32 are ashamed of their condition
17:34 and they don't want to come forward
17:35 and suffer in silence for decades.
17:38 The psychological impact
17:40 this has on their well-being
17:41 affects their already battered physical condition.
17:44 Thousands go undetected and when they are discovered,
17:47 they become outcast, excluded and deserted
17:50 by their husbands and families.
18:04 Today women suffering from Uterine prolapse have hope.
18:08 Over the last 10 years Asian Aid has funded a program
18:12 along with Scheer Memorial Hospital
18:14 to identify these women
18:15 wherever they are and to facilitate surgeries
18:18 and provide much needed preventative health education.
18:21 Well, we are partnering with Scheer Memorial Hospital
18:24 because we truly believe they are doing a wonderful job
18:27 in their community.
18:29 It's the only Adventist hospital in Nepal.
18:32 It's a critical part of the church in Nepal,
18:36 and they now have the facilities
18:40 to do the prolapse operations.
18:43 And so our funding program is very valuable to them,
18:48 because they have plenty of capacity.
18:50 And so for us it's very rewarding
18:54 not only to make the lives--
18:58 the change of lives for the women,
19:00 but also we are able to help the institution in gaining work
19:04 and doing work in the community.
19:07 Here at the hospital,
19:09 we have done a lot of prolapse operations.
19:12 I think I forget how many years we've been doing it now
19:15 maybe 10 or 11 years,
19:17 but during that time
19:18 we have now operated on between 8,000 and 9,000 ladies.
19:22 And to see the difference it makes,
19:24 you know, it's some--
19:26 I just can't imagine have these women like this--
19:30 I remember one lady, she told us that
19:32 she had been walking around with this prolapse
19:35 hanging out of her body for 50 years.
19:39 Well, as a hospital we can say
19:41 that we are very grateful for Asian Aid,
19:44 because they have been providing surgeries or support
19:47 for surgeries for the last two years.
19:49 And we are grateful in behalf of all the families
19:52 and the patient that we have been treating,
19:54 send thanks to the help of Asian Aid.
20:08 All throughout its history, Scheer Memorial Hospital
20:11 has been privileged
20:12 to host a number of medical professionals from abroad
20:15 who volunteer their time and expertise,
20:17 conducting camps.
20:19 This has benefited thousands of people
20:20 from the local community, especially women.
20:24 This week a group from Sydney Adventist Hospital
20:27 from Sydney, Australia,
20:28 is here conducting prolapse operations.
20:31 Just to see these women have it fixed,
20:33 not have that prolapse anymore, they're so happy,
20:37 they hug us, they kiss us, they want to shake our hand,
20:40 they want to touch us and it is just-- it's humbling,
20:44 very humbling because we are so grateful, you know,
20:48 in our society that you just don't realize
20:52 how hard it is for them here to be working
20:55 under the circumstances they've got to work under.
20:59 Karen is part of a volunteer group
21:01 Open Heart International from Sydney.
21:03 These are medical professionals
21:05 that go to various developing countries
21:07 each year conducting medical camps.
21:09 For Karen and her team,
21:11 camps such as these may seem just another day's work.
21:14 But it has a profound impact on these women
21:16 who suffered from prolapse
21:18 and for the volunteers it's an opportunity
21:20 to make a difference in their own humble ways.
21:23 Volunteering to me, it's emotional.
21:28 You will get very drawn into what they don't have
21:31 and what we can do to them.
21:33 We might think we're just doing
21:34 what we do every day back at home,
21:36 but for them it's life changing and even though it might seem
21:41 just a drop in the ocean.
21:44 For 80 to 90 women in the 10 days
21:47 that we are here operating, that changes their lives,
21:50 and that change of life for those people
21:53 that makes it emotional.
21:56 Scheer Memorial Hospital is overwhelmed
21:59 with the inflow of women
22:00 needing surgeries for Uterine prolapse.
22:02 Without these volunteers it would be a tough task
22:05 to facilitate them all.
22:07 In the hospital we have 200 to 300 surgery
22:10 will be there in the year,
22:11 out of 200 to 300 we have 30% to 40% of surgery
22:16 will be done the Uterine prolapse.
22:19 The only thing that is stopping us to doing more
22:23 it is basically the financial aspect.
22:25 If we'll have more, more funding
22:27 we can do even more.
22:29 Right now we do have some funding
22:30 some organization that they come
22:32 and do the surgery themself, but how many we can do?
22:36 It is basically 300, 400, it's countless,
22:41 because the incidents are extremely high.
22:48 Over half a million women
22:49 are suffering from prolapse in Nepal
22:52 and Scheer Memorial Hospital
22:53 is a place they can come to get it fixed
22:55 and ease their suffering.
22:57 It's so apt to say that Scheer Memorial Hospital
23:00 is truly a beacon on the hilltop.
23:04 To have an institution and for Asian Aid
23:07 to provide the opportunity to these ladies,
23:10 who don't have to live with this,
23:12 this is curable, this is fixable,
23:16 you know, that's the benefit.
23:18 Imagine it, when a lady has the operation, she goes back,
23:22 she is now accepted into the home.
23:25 She can mend relationships.
23:28 She can add value to the family.
23:30 She can add value to the community,
23:32 to the other ladies, spread the good news.
23:36 Tell them about how people love them
23:38 and want to make things different for them.
23:40 Isn't that a blessing?
23:45 The good news is spreading among women in Nepal.
23:47 The more women are identified, educated
23:50 and brought to these camps,
23:51 the more women are willing to come out
23:53 and seek medical care.
23:55 This one here, her name is Punyaswari,
23:58 and she actually has--
24:00 because she has been so grateful
24:02 for what has happened in her life,
24:03 she has now brought 25 more ladies
24:07 who had operations.
24:09 And I think that's really special.
24:11 And so they just-- when we tell them
24:13 we were having the filming today,
24:14 they were just so thrilled to think
24:16 that they could come and say
24:17 how grateful they are for the transformation
24:20 that's happened in their lives.
24:24 Well, it's changed their lives
24:26 and now that they can walk comfortably,
24:28 they are able to work and helps that you know,
24:30 care for their families.
24:32 It's just-- it's a totally transforming thing
24:35 that I think we just couldn't understand
24:38 unless we had actually been
24:40 through the same experiences they have been.
24:42 And for this lady to bring 25, I think that's really something
24:45 because that shows
24:47 how grateful she is for the operation
24:50 that she has had.
24:56 Today Adventist Missions like Scheer Memorial Hospital,
24:59 organizations like Asian Aid and the goodwill
25:02 of hundreds of volunteers and missionaries
25:05 is making a difference
25:06 and bringing a healing touch to women in Nepal,
25:09 transforming their lives every single day.
25:13 As you can see from this program,
25:15 Asian Aid is proud of the support but you,
25:17 the donors have given to helping the women of Nepal.
25:21 But right now there are hundreds
25:23 and hundreds of people
25:25 who have been injured in this terrible earthquake.
25:28 We need to give Scheer Memorial Hospital
25:31 some urgent funds to help these people.
25:35 We would ask that you contact Asian Aid or go to our website
25:40 so that we can get this emergency appeal,
25:42 some strong support.
25:45 Please help the Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital
25:48 in treating patients from this tragic earthquake.


Revised 2015-10-15