We were so moved by Dr. Ken Bassett's (Seva Canada Program Director) speech to Ram Prasad Kandel (Seva Nepal Program Manager) recognizing him for dedication and hard work over the last 30 years to provide every Nepali with access to eye care at Seva Canada's 30th Anniversary Annual General Meeting that we felt it was worth sharing with all of you who couldn't be there in person.
Dr. Ken Bassett speaking at Seva Canada's 30th Anniversary AGM to recognize RP Kandel's years of dedication and service.
"Your journey with Seva began walking ancient trails in the highlands of a land so beautiful, so troubled and so poor. We visited villages together perched on hillsides where houses emptied to greet you, so grateful to welcome you back. We cried together, watching children in rags playing in the dirt, so thin, so many flies covering their faces. We helped you to teach eye doctors to work outside clinic walls beyond city streets. We celebrated together as fewer and fewer hill people needlessly were blind and more and more remote regions received care. Thank you, for spending an uncountable number of difficult days far from your family. Thank you, for devoting your life to helping people the world has left behind. Kandel our friend, my friend, long may your journey with Seva continue."
Dr. Ken Bassett presenting RP Kandel with his gift from Seva Canada