After a long and difficult trek, a shipment of footbalm is now providing relief for Nepalese woman enduring an arduous journey through life.
Recently our CLAP collaborative project in Nepal received a generous donation of footbalm from The Sydney Essential Oil Company. In the poor mountainous regions of Nepal, transport is very limited. People and goods must travel many kilometres by foot and generally use inadequate footwear. Sore, cracked feet are difficult to heal and can often become a seriously debilitating problem. The specially developed footbalm was delivered to alleviate this very issue. Rich in skin-healing essential oils like frankincense and soothing, softening emollients like shea butter, this footbalm was designed by One Health Organisation and created by SEOC just for the people of Nepalenanda, as a special Christmas donation and how it got there is quite the story.
Travelling by car, train and plane from Murwillumbah via Gold Coast, Brisbane, Singapore and Kathmandu, the box of balm then took a taxi trip on treacherous roads to the Arun river. From here two porters divided the luggage and carried the footbalm up the mountain and into the night.
During a local woman’s health forum the balm was distributed and its application was demonstrated to the local woman. The message was: to cure your hard, calloused feet, you must soak them, pumice them, apply the footbalm, put your socks on and go to bed. Due to the limited supply of the balm, ghee was recommended as a substitute when it ran out. All those who attended received an allocation to take home to rejuvenate their tired, dry feet.
After the session, word had quickly spread in the community about the positive impact of the balm and Bhupal’s house was inundated with further requests from woman who had missed the forum!
The villagers thought it was very touching that an Australian Company made the effort to think of helping them in small ways in their lives. The Nepali people are poor but extremely proud. They do not fuss when they have ailments from their strenuous lives but also recognise the opportunity to improve their health.