Maya Washington (Nepal)

Maya grew up in San Francisco, CA. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently a graduate student at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management; pursuing a degree in Coexistence and Conflict with a focus on Humanitarian Aid. Maya is a former Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Kenya under the Ministry of Health as an HIV/AIDS education and prevention volunteer, where she helped provide Traditional Birth Attendants with kits needed to perform safe deliveries and assisted in training those attendants. After being evacuated from Kenya due to political turmoil, Maya served under the Ministry of Health in Lesotho (Southern Africa) as an HIV/AIDS education/prevention and youth development volunteer. While in Peace Corps Lesotho Maya helped HIV positive mothers learn how to better care for themselves and their newborns through nutrition and women’s health education. She helped begin two Libraries within her rural community of Nazareth, Lesotho and ran diversity camps throughout the country. Contact: mwashington@advocacynet.org



Welcome to Nepal

03 Jun

WELCOME TO NEPAL

I’ve been having the hardest time trying to come up with what say in this first blog entry. I keep thinking I should come up with something profound and insightful to help people understand why I’ve traveled 30 hours and 7,564 miles across the world to help women suffering from uterine prolapse. I just had a chat with the Program Director of the Advocacy Project and she told me to stop putting so much pressure on myself. So, instead of being profound, here is a bit about my trip and a few photos I’ve taken over the last 2 days; some with the help of my new photography assistant Bisaal.

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My welcome to Nepal was very warm, both figuratively and literally. I sat next to a lovely Nepalese couple who live in New York and hadn’t been home for 2 years. They were very nervous and excited about their visit and thanked me for coming to help out. They were so friendly and went out of their way to make sure I figured out the VISA system and where to go when I arrived. 

After meeting the Director of my organizations son, we headed to their home via taxi. It was quite dark, so I couldn’t really make out much of anything. After arriving, I was greeted with many Namaste’s, dinner, a much-needed shower and a bed. I was very grateful.

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My first morning in Nepal was filled with this little guy. His name is Bisaal. He was very interested in my new camera; so I taught him how to use it and here are some of the photos he took.

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It has been a nice couple of days filled with a lot of jet lag and getting used to things. I’m heading to the small village of Dhankuta in just a couple of days and will fill you in on more details when I’ve gotten the lay of the land.

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My welcome to Nepal was very warm, both figuratively and literally. I sat next to a lovely Nepalese couple who live in New York and hadn\u2019t been home for 2 years. They were very nervous and excited about their visit and thanked me for coming to help out. They were so friendly and went out of their way to make sure I figured out the VISA system and where to go when I arrived. <\/span><\/span><\/p>

After meeting the Director of my organizations son, we headed to their home via taxi. It was quite dark, so I couldn\u2019t really make out much of anything. After arriving, I was greeted with many Namaste\u2019s, dinner, a much-needed shower and a bed. I was very grateful.<\/span><\/p>\n”,”class”:””},{“id”:”6″,”block”:”image”,”source”:”~wp-uploads\/2015\/06\/2015-06-03-07.11.40.jpg”,”alt”:”Maya & Bisal”,”link”:”~wp-uploads\/2015\/06\/2015-06-03-07.11.40.jpg”,”class”:””,”scale”:”50%”,”position”:”center”,”size”:{“width”:330,”height”:247},”store”:{“source”:”~upload\/6-fea121ce214fb1ff5222e2e7d4a3e973.jpg”,”width”:330,”height”:247,”mime”:”image\/jpeg”,”size”:74304}},{“id”:”7″,”block”:”rte”,”content”:”

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It has been a nice couple of days filled with a lot of jet lag and getting used to things. I’m heading to the small village of Dhankuta in just a couple of days and will fill you in on more details when I’ve gotten the lay of the land.<\/span><\/span><\/p>\n”,”class”:””}]}[/content-builder]

Posted By Maya Washington (Nepal)

Posted Jun 3rd, 2015

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