Global Peace Women (GPW) Nepal, an initiative of the Global Peace Association Nepal, commemorated Nepal’s 63rd Democracy Day on February 18, 2013 by organizing a blood donation campaign using the slogan “Give Blood, Save Lives.” Nepal celebrates Democracy Day every year to commemorate the liberation of Nepal from the Rana dynasty, an autocratic regime that ruled the Kingdom of Nepal from 1846 until 1951.
In Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, 300-400 units of blood are in demand everyday and there are many potential donors who don’t know the urgent need for blood donations in many hospitals. GPW Nepal organized the campaign to encourage the public to donate blood and emphasize the importance of blood donations through the joint efforts of the Nepal Red Cross Society.
The amount of blood collected through the campaign will provide critical transfusions for up to 100 people, depending on the demand.
“I have been involved in social work for 15 years but never get the chance to give blood,” said donor Mrs. Jintu Khanal. “I believe that blood donation is a real act of living for the sake of others. I am very happy that GPW Nepal initiated the campaign and gave me the chance to donate blood.”
The Nepal Red Cross Society thanked GPW Nepal for its support and reminded donors and potential donors that the need for blood is ongoing. GPW Nepal is grateful to all the donors for their generous contributions.
--Reported by Mrs. Bambie Gadon Panta, GPA Nepal