Amir's Story: A First Responder in Nepal

by Jaya Vadlamudi, International Medical Corps

The following is a photo essay about an inspiring International Medical Corps First Responder from Nepal who joined International Medical Corps after the earthquake to provide assistance wherever he could to help his country. Click through the photos to read the full story.

  • International Medical Corps’ First Responder Amir was in Kathmandu on April 25th when the devastating 7.8 earthquake shook in Nepal. He immediately rushed to join our organization in an effort to help his native country. Part of our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team, Amir and his teammates are providing the community in Bangamati in Kathmandu Valley, as well as many other villages affected by the disaster, with latrines, critical supplies and community education on healthy hygiene and sanitation practices.
  • Mr. Turadhar is the principal of the local elementary school in Bangamati. The first and second earthquakes in Nepal rendered his home uninhabitable. His family, including his 89-year-old mother, now live in a tent next to their home. As monsoon season is quickly approaching, it’s critical that the local community receives adequate shelter and humanitarian resources to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
  • International Medical Corps conducted a WASH community education session for the residents of Bangamati. Topics covered included the proper use of the new latrines International Medical Corps installed, the importance of handwashing, purifying drinking water with chlorine tablets and safe waste disposal.
  • We were happy to see that everyone came out, young and old, to watch the demonstration.
  • Our First Responder Amir has a special connection to the Bangamati community as he was once a student at Mr. Turadhar’s elementary school. His former principal was extremely happy to see how Amir has grown from a small child into a man helping the very community he grew up in. We’re pretty proud of Amir too!