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Something POSITIVE to share with you....

Posted by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:21 PM
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As you may recall, several years back there was a DEVASTATING earthquake in the mountain region of both India and Pakistan, which killed hundreds of thousands of people.  [I swear I will will get to something positive].  The epicenter was in a village high in the mountains of Pakistan called Balakot.  All over the mountains, villages were leveled.  And unfortunately, the kids were all in school, and the schools also collapsed, killing most of the school-aged children.  The word "devastation" does not do it justice.

My father-in-law happens to be from Balakot.  He is a retired physician.  My husband's brother is also a doctor.  Given that the hospital in Balakot was also leveled, our family, led by my father-in-law and brother-in-law, came together to construct a makeshift hospital, to treat all those injured in the earthquake.  The response by all the family members was so overwhelming, that we continue to provide free medical care to the people of Balakot, even employing a full-time doctor.  If you knew how remote this village was, it would easier to appreciate that a doctor would even be willing to work there full-time.

My brother-in-law just returned from a trip to Balakot - he went there with some specialists.  He was kind enough to send some pictures, so I thought I would share them with you because I thought you might find it interesting and informative about the challenges people face in other parts of the world.

Below you will see the makeshift hospital made from steel sheds.  We hope to begin construction of a permanent hospital and residence for the staff doctor very soon.

A femal physician was brought, so the women and girls were especially happy to get some discrete treatment.  Below are the patients waiting.

Below is the actual female doctor treating a patient.

A pediatrician also came.  That family looks quite malnutritioned.  Very sad.

Below is my brother-in-law, also treating patients.

The entire medical team below, with the beautiful mountains as a backdrop, which gives you an idea just how high up they are.  There is no road to the village - the last leg of the trip is by foot.

 

I hope you enjoyed the pictures!!

by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:21 PM
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stormcris
by Christy on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:24 PM

That's great news thanks for sharing it.

Stefanie1085
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:26 PM

 It took you a while to get to the positive ;). But that is amazing work they are doing. Is there a way we can help them?

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot. ~Thomas Paine

Talee
by Gold Member on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:42 PM

 

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

tscritch
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:45 PM

That's amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!! 

BigOlMommy
by Member on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:58 PM

What an amazingly kind & GENEROUS thing your family is doing for these people! Thank you so much for sharing your story & those pictures. It does make me feel good to know there are decent, caring people out there. Keep it up, the people in that village I'm sure will be thanking you for the rest of their lives!

Gypsyuma
by Gold Member on Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:59 PM


Quoting Stefanie1085:

 But that is amazing work they are doing. Is there a way we can help them?

Yes, thanks for asking.  There is a trust set up to collect donations to pay for all of this.  If you, or anyone else, is interested in donating I can provide the wire information.  The trust also provides a receipt via email that you can use to claim the charitable donation exemption on your tax return.

Just send me a PM, and I will provide the bank information for wiring a donation.

mrs_khan07
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2009 at 3:02 PM

That's an amazing story. I remember when this happened, devastating really is an understatement. My in-laws live in Abbottabad and were hit pretty hard in some areas as well. They personally didn't suffer any major damage but I have heard stories...

What an amazing family you have. Pakistan is all about neighborly love, something we lack here. Thanks for sharing this.

Mrs. Khan



Gypsyuma
by Gold Member on Oct. 12, 2009 at 3:05 PM


Quoting mrs_khan07:

That's an amazing story. I remember when this happened, devastating really is an understatement. My in-laws live in Abbottabad and were hit pretty hard in some areas as well. They personally didn't suffer any major damage but I have heard stories...

What an amazing family you have. Pakistan is all about neighborly love, something we lack here. Thanks for sharing this.

Your very welcome.  I have been to Abbottabad - it was sooo beautiful there. I visited a Canadian friend of my husband's family - I am sure your family there must know her - small village and all.

eaglemama2
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2009 at 3:13 PM

That's really wonderful and thanks for sharing!


JenE4
by Silver Member on Oct. 13, 2009 at 1:31 PM

That's fantastic that your family is doing so much to help!

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