Being disabled, people usually think I’m the one who needs help/support, not the other way around. I’m here to dispel the myth that a disabled person cannot volunteer and work hard for others. Sure, you might think I volunteer for organizations that have something to do with my disability…I do…but this is different. Basa Village Foundation is something special and has nothing to do
with my disability.
My husband went on a trek in Nepal a few years ago and it changed his life. We always thought of ourselves as pretty down to earth with a good perspective on how fortunate we are. But Nepal made him realize how deluded we were. I found this ‘new man’ amazing and wanted to go for myself and ‘see’ what he saw and feel what he felt. The next year we traveled to Nepal and it did not disappoint.
Although I did not make the trek to Basa, I was exhilarated by the people, food and culture of Nepal. I loved the fact that I was pushed outside of my comfort zone where nothing was accessible as we know it. I felt like an ambassador for people with disabilities. Here I am – a blind, rheumatoid arthritic female…traveling around Nepal! I educated not only my tour guides but also villagers. Nepal gave me such a wonderful gift and it’s time I return the favor.
The warmth of the Nepalese people cannot be matched. Although they are in need of so much, you’ll never hear it from them. Their happiness is contagious. I’m part of the Basa Village Foundation because I care for the well being of my brothers and sisters in Nepal. By contributing to the Basa Village Foundation, I can help the village become self-sufficient while keeping their amazing culture intact.