On April 9, 2015, one of our very own Sunbelt colleagues embarked on a trip of a lifetime. Kim Western, Schools Division Director, took on three days of travel to spend time with the people of Nepal and Tibet as part of a medical mission trip. In preparation for her trip, she asked her Sunbelt colleagues to help collect toiletries, educational items, and small gift donations. Together, we collected more than 100 reading glasses, 70 lip balms, 60 pairs of socks, hundreds of toothbrushes and educational items — enough to fill 150 goodie bags for the Tibetan refugees.
Kim described trekking through these two countries as an incredibly humbling experience despite gale force winds and freezing weather. She spent much of her time with Tibetan and Nepalese children, catching glimpses into their lives in and out of school.
Only days after Kim’s arrival back to the U.S., it was reported that a 7.8 magnitude earthquake had shaken Nepal, leaving at least 4,000 fatalities with more being reported as days go by.
Through Kim’s participation in the medical mission trip to Nepal, we caught a glimpse into the needs of this small yet fascinating country. Our hearts go out to the children, families, rescuers, and travelers affected by the devastating earthquake. It is our hope that our relief efforts will make a positive difference in someone’s life.
Sunbelt Staffing will continue to support relief services for Nepal and its neighboring countries. Kim hopes for the Sunbelt Schools team to virtually adopt the schools that she visited. This ongoing effort will help ensure that kids will receive the education and resources they need, especially during this critical time.