- A doctor has found her calling by helping disaster victims
- The local specialist went to Nepal to help earthquake victims in 2015
- She encouraged other women to pursue their passions
When Kasandri Govender landed in Nepal in 2015 following two earthquakes that claimed the lives of almost 9 000 people, she knew that she had found her calling.
The 37-year-old specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist was part of the Gift of the Givers medical rescue.
The doctor at General Justice Gizenga Mpanza Regional Hospital was inspired by the work of its founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman. Gift of the Givers usually takes a team of first responders like medical officers to help out in times of disaster.
Speaking to IOL, the doctor said that her husband, also a medical doctor, supported her decision.
Three days later, Govender landed in Nepal where she was confronted by what she described as utter devastation. But even though things were not great, the people of Nepal received them warmly.
"Some people had lost loved ones, some were on sleeping on the streets, but the one thing that struck me was their spirit. They had a spirit that they were going to rise up."
The doctors assisted with primary healthcare and helped out with surgeries along with the local medical staff.
She said when she left after a week she had gained a lot from it. She revealed that she felt growth both mentally and spiritually.
She is now a mother to two toddlers, aged 3 and 1 but is still actively involved in the charity initiative. In the need arises, she is ready to pack up and go help.
As a woman juggling a career and family life, Govender urged other women to live out their passions.
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