Prem GC began working with INF after the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Inspired by the organisation’s track record working with Nepal’s poor and marginalised, he joined INF as they began work in Gorkha, the epicenter of the quake, empowering and rehabilitating those affected by the disaster. Prem shares his INF journey…
The first time I heard about INF was when a neighbor in my village affected by leprosy was treated at INF’s hospital in Dang. I grew up in a remote mountainous area of Pyuthan District in the Mid-West of Nepal before moving to Pokhara to further my studies. In Pokhara, I witnessed the excellent services Green Pastures Hospital was providing to the sick, poor and marginalized. I hoped I would be able to serve through an organisation like INF.
After the devastating earthquakes shook Nepal in 2015, INF began its rehabilitation and empowerment project in Gorkha. I heard the project was looking for staff and applied for the role of Community Based Rehabilitation [CBR] supervisor. I was fortunate enough to get the job and am currently enjoying serving people with disabilities in ten remote wards in the District
Although many relief and rehabilitation projects exist in the earthquake-affected areas of Gorkha District INF is the only organisation working alongside people with disabilities. The project is specifically focused on rehabilitating and empowering people with disabilities, their families and communities. My work involves modifying or building houses for people with disabilities, and rebuilding or refurbishing schools to make them disabled friendly for students. The project also assists in the treatment of people with disabilities by providing assistive devices, supporting income generation activities as well as creating and capacity building Self-Help Groups.
I am very happy working with INF, an organization with a great history and strong values. I’m particularly inspired when my role takes me to remote communities to work alongside those with disabilities. I feel the weight of responsibility and am encouraged to work harder. Seeing hope and happiness return to people’s lives through our support brings me enormous joy. I have always been inspired by how INF has lived out the teachings of Christ in their service to the community. It impacted me personally and I accepted Christ as my savior ten years ago. Serving through INF is an opportunity to share God’s love, to live out the gospel through work and obey God’s greatest commandment. I am grateful to INF for this opportunity and feel blessed to be able to serve through INF.