BUILDING A CLINIC
THE BEGINNING OF AN ADVENTURE
From 2005 to 2010
Built in the outskirts of Kathmandu on top of a hill the Druk White Lotus clinic serves the local communities since 2009. Once a year, it holds an eye-camp for cataract interventions for those with no financial means.
HH the 12th,Gyalwang Drukpa with Marie-Josée
de Quevedo and her daughter Alexandra
The empty ground for the future Druk Pema Karpo Clinic
(in Tibetan) Druk White Lotus Clinic October 2004
"It's Druk can you come to see me." We are leaving for Geneva." I said "I will send you the car immediately."
This conversation occurred early October 2004, while Marie-Josée de Quevedo was with her daughter Alexandra, in Kathmandu on the day of their departure. At 6am, the telephone rang - it was the Twelth Gylwang Drukpa, in his Monastery Amitabha.
One hour later we met with His Holiness.
Suddenly he points out a piece of land saying "Would you built me a clinic here?"
I was totally surprised.
What an unexpected request: I am neither a doctor, nor a nurse, or an architect, I have never built anything, nor have I a clue how to cope with such a task. "I don't speak the language, I am not aware of Nepalese customs and don't know a single soul in this country. Besides, how can we raise funds? I have never undertaken such a task. I really wouldn't know where to start. I can not take on such a responsibility. "
"Don't worry" said His Holiness "I will stand by you and you will have the assistance of an interpreter. and a car The nuns in the Monastery will help you as well"
Disarmed by the numerous arguments, I finally gave in. This was a great opportunity to help these unjustly poor people, living in the surrounding villages.
In his neighborhood, when, villagers are in need, they knock on the door of the monastery and ask for help. Due to lack of medical knowledge, the nuns can't give much assistance. His Holiness, was unable to forget the tragic incident of a women who gave birth in his car. The child died on their way to Kathmandu. Hence his decision to build a clinic on the Monastery compound.
Marie-Josée de Quevedo with architects April 2005
HH Gyalwang Drukpa stood by Marie-Josée de Quevedo as promised. October 2007
Marie-Josée strolled, with her camera about Kathmandu, photographing, roofs, windows and doors to gratify the construction with a Nepali style.
In the tile shop, she selected tiles with different ornaments of fruits, vegetables or flowers to adorn windows and doors.