PITTSBURGH—Recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County Nursing program (South Campus), Deepak Acharya and Chandra Neupane are eager to begin their nursing careers in Pittsburgh. First, they will spend a month helping people in desperate need on the other side of the world. The classmates are planning a trip to their home country of Nepal, where they will use their nursing skills to help victims of the massive earthquake and aftershocks that rocked the nation in recent weeks. Upon seeing reports of the devastation, they realized that many people in remote regions are not able to get sustained medical care, and they decided to do something about it.
“We are desperate and heart-broken to see people losing their lives and their loved ones from this unexpected disaster,” said Acharya. “This is our effort to reach out to the people in the affected places where they are not able to get enough medical care. This rehabilitation phase is going to be for a long time, and we know our skills and education can help people.”
Acharya, 27, and Neupane, 28, have begun an online fundraising campaign, with the goal of collecting $5,000 to purchase medical equipment and supplies that they will use in some of the most severely affected villages. They will utilize their knowledge and skills acquired through CCAC’s nursing school to help prevent and treat infection, disease and complications, and to train caregivers and families how to properly care for the injured during the ongoing recovery phase.
Susan Thornton, professor of Nursing, has no doubt that Acharya and
Neupane will be successful. “They’re top notch students in their class,” said
Thornton. “They’re going to be fantastic nurses.”
The classmates, who plan to travel after they pass their NCLEX board exams in July, will pay out of pocket for their travel expenses—all donations will be used in Nepal, where they will work with local organizations to purchase supplies. The fundraiser will continue until August 1.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at http://www.gofundme.com/recoverearthquake. The men will keep donors informed of their efforts on their Facebook page.
Acharya and Neupane, both of whom are married with children, emigrated from the eastern region of Nepal in 2008 and 2009, respectively. They met and became friends at CCAC South Campus, upon beginning the nursing program in 2013.