It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. A few months ago, we were able to raise funds on Instagram for one of our mother makers, Chameli, who was about to give birth to her second child. Many generous followers contributed to this effort and the funds were very much appreciated and went directly to Chameli to help with her labor and delivery expenses at a hospital in Kathmandu. She gave birth to a beautiful son and was able to go home soon after. A few months later however, her sweet boy was not doing well and again to the hospital they went. The doctors discovered that he had fluid collecting on his brain and he underwent some treatments. However, I just learned yesterday that he did not pull through and this tiny soul passed away.
My heart breaks for Chameli and all that she is feeling and experiencing right now. As I hold my own young infant, just a few months older than hers, the grief she must be carrying seems almost palpable to me, even though she is on the other side of the planet. I have never lost a child, although I know there are some of you out there who have experienced this unfathomable loss. I can only imagine what it feels like to have a part of you taken away. I wanted to share this news with you in hopes that you can comment and leave your words of comfort here. My wonderful manager in Nepal, Sara, can relay your messages. I wish so badly that I could be there to hug her, to cry with her, to grieve with her. Thank you to all of you for being part of this community and for helping us do what we do, and above all, for becoming a part of the story yourself.