Rani is a Skilled Birth Attendant from the Salbaas birthing center who had provided birthing services in Chainpur, Salbaas. During the earthquakes, all of the proper supplies and equipment were buried so Rani did the best she could,conducting deliveries without even the most basic equipment. When the One Heart World-Wide team arrived with BareBones tents, they installed the tent and supplies in a location she agreed to, and not a moment too soon. That very night, the new birthing tent welcomed the first of many babies into the world.
A group of locals approached the tent assuming that we were health workers. Among them was a pregnant woman experiencing labor pains. She was immediately brought into the tent and examined by Rani, who was able to help this mother conduct a normal delivery with the help of the light from the solar equipment and supplies in the tent.
Rani and this mother’s experience have been echoed throughout both Dhading and Sindhupalchok districts, along with many additional locations that have experienced severe damage and are still reeling from the earthquakes. The tents that the One Heart World-Wide team has been installing, while not permanent, provide a space for safe deliveries while the long-term renovation plans are being finalized.
We continue to get emotional every time we receive updates from One Heart World-Wide, sharing stories of the impact of our tents in Nepal, and the tenderness and fierceness that these SBA attendants and mothers live by. As of December, there have been 424 babies born in these tents, thanks to many of you and our partners.