Paramedic Ginette Traversy returns to earthquake-ravaged Nepal after frustrating wait
Quebecer taught first aid in village that was later hit by disaster, but hasn't been able to return
It's been a long year, for Quebec paramedic Ginette Traversy, of waiting for the right time to return to Nepal.
The 12 months since last year's devastating earthquake have seen a constitutional crisis followed by a months-long border blockade by India. It made the logistics of going there too difficult for Traversy, a woman with long ties to the country.
Well before the earthquake, she spent time living in the village of Lanagol, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, where she taught residents first aid. Then, after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit on April 25, 2015, killing close to 9,000 people, CBC documented her emotional visit to the village. Traversy was desperate to help and paid her own way.
Her son set up a Go Fund Me page last year in hopes of raising $500 for Lanagol. In the end, the site brought in $22,000. And ever since, Traversy has been looking for the right time to return to see how she could disburse the money.
In the interim, she sent $3,000 to pay for half the cost of the village's new generator. But she is now, finally, back in Lanagol and taking stock of the rebuilding, as well as looking for ways to help.
"I didn't expect it to be so much temporary shelters," Traversy said of the rebuilding effort.
She's meeting with the village elder to determine the best way to spend the money she raised.
"It's community living here, so the challenge here is that I cannot just go around and give something to somebody," Traversy said. "Everything has to be split evenly."
The plan is to spend the money on a water system, but the village first has to meet to collectively endorse the idea.
For CBC correspondent Adrienne Arsenault's full report, watch the video above.