KUMARI: A Father's Dream
Deep in rural Nepal, a group of childhood friends from low-caste families have started a trekking guide social enterprise that has transformed their home community of Kumari. Led by Jagat Lama, the guides have channeled their profits and energy into developing a self-sustaining community centered around many of the regions firsts: basic electricity, a women’s skill center, a local school, a working community farm and a medical hospital.
Jagat is driven by a promise he made to his dying father to bring medical care to the village. At the grand opening celebration, Jagat’s mother is the first patient of many into the Sukman Memorial Polyclinic, named after his father.
Less than 2 years later, a massive earthquake hits Nepal, leveling the hospital, school and women’s skill center. Because Kumari is so remote, Jagat and the other trekking guides respond with aid, food and shelter. Wrestling with the continued challenges, Jagat digs deep and finds the strength to help lead the Kumari recovery. The village is rebuilt stronger than before as the guides turn their vision to the next generation of leaders to continue their vision of self-sustained growth and empowerment.
I am responsible
"...at that time, my father, he'd fallen from the hill. That night as we were sitting all parents and children together. And he was telling me, if you can do something here, bring clinic here and help us here... ...I never forget what he told me. I'm responsible to make true to his dream."
One step closer
"I've done a number of things in global health. This is a very unique situation. This is remote medicine. So basically what you're dealing with here is people's lives. And if people get sick in a remote area, most of them die. Hopefully what this will do is to bring this a step closer to not having that happen."
-Dr. Doug McKeag, Remote Medicine Specialist