In 2015, Nepal was hit with a devastating earthquake. With nearly 9,000 people killed and 22,000 injured, it was one of the worst natural disasters in Nepal’s history. Within 4 days, HOP was on the ground with four trauma surgeons and 16 duffel bags of medical supplies. The surgeons spent a week doing emergency surgeries in Kathmandu. After the surgeons left, Dean and another World Wide Trekking guide, Patrick Reddish, traveled into remote areas in the Khumbu Valley where they purchased, delivered, and installed toilet tents, and assisted with rebuilding homes in some of the hardest hit regions of Nepal.
Thousands of people in Nepal who were directly or indirectly affected by the earthquake
Emergency medical care for those injured in the earthquake
Support for rescue and rebuilding efforts
Crucial infrastructure, including toilet tents to manage a growing public health crisis
Hundreds were saved from immediate life-threatening injuries by medical care
Thousands more were saved from potential injury or disease due to lack of shelter and proper sanitation
Toilet Tent Distribution
On the recommendation of HOP’s board chair and world renowned Global health expert Sue Goldie, Dean decided to put $10,000 dollars towards toilet tents. With the monsoon on its way, these toilet tents provided sanitation to rural areas that prevent the spread of disease and potentially saved hundreds of lives.
During their week in Kathmandu, HOP’s four trauma surgeons conducted a large number of emergency surgeries for those injured in the earthquake. There wasn’t a moment to rest.