Joy flooded the delivery room at the HDCS-TEAM Hospital in Dadeldhura, Nepal, as Khula and Chima Budha welcomed their baby girl into the world. As Christians, Khula and Chima knew this precious new life was a gift from God and named their daughter Jyoti, which translates into “light.”
Twenty-odd years later, Budha is a ray of light to everyone she meets as she walks the halls of HDCS-TEAM Hospital, serving as a nurse in the obstetrics and surgical inpatient wards. Her day usually begins at 7 a.m. when she cleans up the ward and gets ready for rounds. Budha assists Dr. Doug Lindberg and Dr. Jeremy LaMotte during their daily rounds, including translating for them when they are unable to understand a patient. Following rounds, the doctors give Budha directions on the care for each patient regarding medication and procedures. In addition to caring for patients, Budha trains people who are studying to become nurses. “She takes her job very seriously,” said LaMotte.
Budha enjoys working at the hospital. She appreciates the way the doctors encourage both the patients and the staff. It’s a friendly atmosphere where there is a sense of teamwork. When there’s an emergency, the doctors, nurses, and staff pull together to deal with the situation. Right now, the hospital treats those with serious health issues. Budha dreams of a time when the hospital will be big enough to treat both big and small medical conditions so that the people of the area won’t have to go anywhere else.
Budha’s parents also work at the hospital. Her mother works in the laundry, and her father is the guard in charge of all the keys for the hospital. When the power goes out, he turns on the generator, and if there’s an emergency at night, he is responsible for calling the doctors.
Budha originally wanted to be a dentist. But it wasn’t something that girls in Nepal normally did, so she decided to become a nurse instead. The choice suits her perfectly as she loves serving her patients. “I want to show the love of God,” Budha said.
She shows this love to those inside and outside of the hospital, according to LaMotte. “She loves little kids,” LaMotte said. “She is a strong Christian and helps with the youth group at church.”
It all began with a little girl born in a TEAM hospital, and it continues today with a woman who has a heart for God and a desire to serve in that same hospital. “I am grateful that I am a child of God, and he loves me so much,” Budha said. “His purpose for me was to be a nurse, and I became a nurse. I want to serve my God with my work.”
-Written by Deborah Christensen
-Photography by Robert Johnson
[Originally published in TEAMHorizons, October 2012]