Recently, Bethy was in Thailand and discovered that someone there has been making teddy bears with a full set of teeth.
In my life, this is a very interesting and exciting finding.
Bethy decided to order some teddy bears with teeth for health centers in Cambodia that are running an early childhood hood oral health program, and I figured I would bring a teddy bear over to Nepal. It was fairly simple. In brainstorming the idea, we got to thinking about the enormous contribution that Jevaia’s Education Field Officer Gaurab has made in our organization, beginning long before we had a name. Gaurab was our first Clinic Assistant in our first clinic in Kaskikot. He volunteered for years as a teenager in school seminars, teaching kids about about oral health. He became one of our field officers in 2015 and has walked literally countless miles, up and down hills, in the rain, after dark, and in just about every crazy situation possible to promote oral health in schools in Nepal.
We decided our first teddy bear with teeth should obviously be named Gaurab.
When I arrived recently in Cambodia, Gaurab the Bear had completed the first leg of his journey, from Thailand to Cambodia. He came with frens.
We were so excited to meet him!
We hung out in Cambodia for a while, and then Gaurab’s frens said goodbye
And we left for the airport.
We took a tuk tuk.
Gaurab seemed to like the airport
and he really blended in with all the other travelers.
Especially while waiting for his flight.
He settled in, clutching his ticket to Kathmandu
And we enjoyed perusing very expensive jewelry that isn’t really less expensive even though it’s Duty Free, in Kuala Lumpur.
Honestly we were pretty tired by the time we finally arrived in Kathmandu and Gaurab tried to be patient with the visa process but he was ready for a nap.
The next day, refreshed for our flight to Pokhara, we made some NEW Frens in the airport!
You can imagine Gaurab’s anticipation on the flight west…
And finally, upon arrival we were greeted by some real big fans.
Finally, after meeting the rest of the team, Muna and Rajendra,
Gaurab was united in the office with Gaurab!
Welcome to Nepal Gaurab!!