It was an emotional moment – our support must have saved someone’s life there

Wednesday 1 September 2021

I joined Save the Children in 2015 as a part of Earthquake Response Team. On my first day at work, I drove seven different vehicles. I spent most of my time driving response team and goods to Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Kavre, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Udayapur, Okhaldhunga and Khotang. Back then I used to start my work at 6 am and go on till 8 pm. We were so busy that we would have to drive any vehicle that needed to move and any time. I always kept a go-bag ready. 

I make sure people and good safely reach the right place at the right time. During COVID-19 response, I have been driving to district and provincial hospitals with essential health materials and medical supplies and equipment.  

Initial months of COVID-19 were filled with fear. It took a while for me to understand about this virus so I was afraid. But as I started learning more about it, my fear disappeared. Vehicles were not allowed to stop on the road or in market areas during the first wave so we would have a hard time finding places to eat. I started cooking food to carry when I had to drive for work.   

I still remember, when I went to Kalikot, I stayed in one of our colleague’s rented room due to fear of corona virus and for my safety. Similarly, when I went to Kathmandu to bring antigen test kits, it was difficult to find a hotel room especially for those coming from outside the valley.  

Being a front line worker, it does not bother me that I have to work in these difficult times. I feel like I was born to do this and help one in need. Since we were not able to hire workers to load and unload goods due to fear of the virus, we do it ourselves. Sometimes it is time consuming so it is sad when we cannot deliver goods on time as planned. I make sure that I follow all safety protocols – I use mask, and sanitize often.  

At the peak of second wave in June 2021, I had reached Kalikot district with oxygen concentrators, and other medical supplies so no one has to lose their life for lack of oxygen. The medical team was in such a great need of the oxygen concentrator that they immediately took the equipment to the ward without any formal handover process or registration. It was an emotional moment – our support must have saved someone’s life there. Moments like these make me proud to be working for Save the Children.  

What motivates me to keep going in these challenging times is support and encouragement from my team. Also working in the emergency, my satisfaction comes from knowing that we are delivering life saving materials to the most in need.  

I like photography and I have also taken some photos of handover events in the districts. I think if I learn a little bit about photography, I will be able to capture a lot of real time photos during emergencies as a driver I am almost always going to be one of the first person there.