by Jimi Wollumbin, Founder and CEO, One Health Organisation
“Dear Sir/Madam, Greetings from The Himalayan country Nepal. Now I am going to introduce myself. My name is Bhupal Thapa. I live in the eastern hilly belt of Nepal.I am a teacher”
So commences a beautiful message received on OHO’s general enquiries email that made my day today. In essence it didn’t say anything I didn’t already know: we are supporting the creation of a school in rural Nepal. As CEO I had access to this data, had met the Project Managers, had seen the photos, had heard some stories. What electrified me was the gut-level realisation that a real human being was actually there, that they knew we existed, that we were connected. It was exhilarating.
In some strange way this brought the project to life for me, it jolted my empathic circle into expanding into Nepal. Suddenly the Himalayas didn’t seem so far away at a personal level. The reason I think this is worth sharing is that it highlights the challenge for us as individuals and as Global Citizens.
How do we truly bring the world to life for ourselves?
How can a slum become more than an idea?
How can we keep the fires of compassion blazing in such an enormous world?
How can we reach out and touch somebody from the other side of the planet?
Bhupal Thapa answered this for me with elegant simplicity: we simply need to introduce ourselves. In doing this, enormous chasms of culture, biology, geography and politics are instantaneously bridged. The heart leaps forward in recognition of a shared sentience, of the commonality of life. Social media taps into this profoundly, but it can be used for so much more. It can knit together the fractures of our world.
So now I am going to introduce myself: Greetings from the ancient land of Australia.My name is Jimi Wollumbin. I live in the northern rivers region of this country. I am a doctor, and I truly believe that we can each make a difference.
The complete Message:
Greetings from The Himalayan country Nepal. Now I am going to introduce myself. My name is Bhupal Thapa. I live in the eastern hilly belt of Nepal. I am a teacher. I have also been working in the CLAP project as a Volunteer for the post of country manager. Hughie O’Toole and his wife Jennifer Darley visited our village and work as volunteer teacher in 2009. They worked here about 2 months. They left very good impression to the students and villagers. Hughie visited again in the last March 30 to 13 April. He is trying to contribute our country people and school in a great way. We are grateful to know that OHO is going to support us. Yours Sincerely, Bhupal Thapa.