I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors since March 2015. I wanted to be involved in medical and humanitarian mission work, and when I moved to Colorado, I approached Neena, the Executive Director, about volunteering at emBOLDen Alliances. As an ER nurse, my style is fast paced, direct, and am able to think on my feet and pitch in wherever needed. It’s a good fit for the dynamic world of EA.
Why did you decide to get involved with emBOLDen Alliances?
When I was introduced to the Executive Director of emBOLDen Alliances, Neena Jain, I was blown away by her motivation and drive. She has a genuine enthusiasm and motivation for EA. The organization’s theme is simple: help people help themselves by creating solutions by and for the community they’re helping. Also, since EA is a new organization it’s exciting being a part of its formation.
What is your background?
I currently work as a Trauma Nurse in a busy Emergency Department. I have a Masters of Education and a B.A. in Nursing as well as EMT certification.
What current or past projects of EA resonate with you?
As a nurse, I connect with our First Aid Train-the-Trainer, which is done in remote areas of Nepal with our partner Classrooms in the Clouds. Last month, the Nepalese teachers walked over 12 hours to attend our training! We give them a curriculum manual, first aid kit, health posters, portable stretcher, logbook and notebooks to take back to their schools after training. We also share the fact that the most important tools are our own two hands. As Neena says, “Your two hands can wash themselves to keep yourself and others safe, can help a person choking, can stop bleeding with direct pressure, can take a pulse, can make and administer Oral Rehydration Solution, can stabilize a possible neck injury, and on and on and on”. That’s Gospel to a nurse.
I’m also fond of Medicycle, a program that was created with our Ugandan partner Health Access Connect. It’s part of a solution to inaccessible healthcare and high medical and travel costs in Uganda. It provides a low interest lease-to-own agreement to a motorcycle taxi driver to buy a motorcycle and, in return, the driver drives medical workers and HIV anti-retroviral supplies to remote villages. The Medicycle program is a simple and fun premise for lay people to sink their teeth in and understand.
Where do you want to see EA go in the next 5 years?
As a young nonprofit, we are doing great things that make a difference in the world. I want to see word spread about EA, locally and globally. Then we can solidify donors and expand development efforts.
What is your favorite thing about working with EA?
The dynamic and interesting people who work for EA are inspiring. EA is growing and so am I.
What is the most rewarding part about working with EA?
The results of the work itself are definitely the most rewarding aspect. The Team and Board, all of us, want to pay it forward and we are doing it through the vessel of EA.