Fast forwarding the long chat about the fuel crisis and jumping straight to the result of this crisis that has hit us bad. There was a point when there were just a handful of public vehicles on the street while some private vehicles with fuel were on and about. Walking for hours to get to our destination – life had moved to the lowest gear possible.
The bright side of this crisis is witnessing a soft corner that resides in every one of our hearts. The crisis fuelled a culture of helping each other, and sharing what we have. We served people we didn’t know. Walking up to a stranger at a bus station and asking which direction they are headed to; that’s what we did. We spent hours after hours going through Carpool Kathmandu’s page on Facebook to see if there was anyone we could help. And there are many of us who aren’t as active on Facebook but managed to help the ones in need. Last week, we were selfless in helping others find a ride back home.We have been so loving and kind to strangers. Where does this kindness come from? A problem? No. It comes from our heart. That is what being a Nepali is about. So much kindness to share.
We have come together selflessly to define who we are as a community. This community is nurtured by over 97,000 members who got together in a very short time to help, share and spread a little happiness. You, dear member reading this blog, along with several thousand others like you are the ones who made things work.Amongst all of you 97,000 members, there lies an unsung hero which we want to make sure we recognize your contribution to the society. Next posts will be about some of our Heroes.
A big group hug! Thankyou for being part of this culture.
Starting off with the Carpool Heroes edition, we spoke to AnjelaDeuja. If you have been following the forum, you can’t miss this woman.
23 year old law student, AnjelaDeuja is someone who has been helping herself to thepetrol from her father’s bike to commute to work everyday.Her father may or may not be aware of this act though (let’s try to keep this a secret, okay?) And while commuting; she has been offering lift to people along the way. Her work last week touched the hearts of thousands of people. We managed to speak with this Carpool hero and dig a bit further.
Anjelacomes across a lot of people waving their hands and asking for a ride on a regular basis- since the fuel crisis began. Commuting from Babarmahal to Koteshwor for work, she is the kind who would ask peoplewaiting at the bus stop where they are headed to even if they are shy of asking for a ride. Last week, she was on her way back home from work and dropped a friend at Koteshowr bus stop where they spotted a differently-abled couple with a young boy. The couple were visually impaired so Anjela decided to be their guiding eyes and helped them get to their home, Kandaghari.
They spent hours waiting on the bus stop waving at every passing vehicle as dusk appeared. They got a placard up that read, “Lift needed”. A private vehicle pickedoffered them a ride. The passenger on the front seat gave up his seat for the couple and their kid, so that those folks could get home safety.
Anjela’s story on Facebook later that day drew comments from the car owner who gave the ride, the biker who only had one seat available. We wanted to know how she felt. She says, “I don’t know. I don’t know why I help”
Perhaps, it is because helping is addictive. We all have that corner that itches to help. That’s perhaps the reason, there are over 50 people who are willing to help fund the kid’s education.
This is what Carpool Kathmandu is all about. Helping hearts and loving people.