PHOTO COURTESY PETER SCHMIEDING

Not So Average Jane-The beauty of life

PETER SCHMIEDING’S NEWLY ADOPTED DAUGHTER ALREADY SHOWS PROMISE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD

We are switching-up Not So Average Jane/ Joe this week. There is no doubt that Peter Schmieding is a Not so Average Joe. His affection for the children of Nepal is undeniable. Long ago, he embarked on a valiant quest to save as many girls as possible from the sex trade. The success of his nonprofit –Tsering’s Fund – is nothing short of inspiring. However, he is not the focus of this story, rather, he is the storyteller. Here is Schmieding in his own words as the proud father of a sweet girl determined to make a difference; a young woman who recently helped bring life into this crazy – and beautiful – world.

With all the hardship going on around the world I thought I would share some happy news and a wonderful positive story as well. Over the last couple years your humble scribe has come to know and admire Maya Hyolmo, a young girl from the remote Helambu Region of northern Nepal, who Tsering’s Fund has sponsored for several years. In fact Maya’s life story is so incredible and inspiring that we have decided that it will be the subject of our next documentary film “Maya of Helambu” that should be filming this fall and released sometime next year.

Having lost her parents when she was four our family decided to offer to adopt Maya as daughter number 5 and her beauti- fully simple answer when asked if she would like to join a new family was “Sure! Why not!”

Maya is a first year nursing student and a remarkable young woman, incredibly smart and hard working, and we look for- ward to seeing her achieve great things. As Karen and I proudly say, “You just can’t have too many daughters!”

Now for our happy story! Maya messaged me at what was 4 am in Nepal. She was back in her village, high on a ridge line some three hours from the nearest road and eight hours from the nearest hospital. She said she had gotten a call at midnight from a family member in a nearby village asking for help.

Maya rummaged for a headlamp and set out in the dark. When she arrived, she found her aunt in labor... and all alone. Incredibly Maya, just 19 years old and with absolutely no midwifery training – all by herself – and relying on her aunt to instruct her, delivered a baby boy!

We are so proud of her and the courage it took to rise to the challenge! I told Maya that may be your first delivery but it surely will not be your last! Her goal is to get a PhD in nursing and then bring medical care to her native Helambu Region.

Sounds like another potential Tsering’s Fund project someday, don’t you think? Welcome to the family Maya! Stay safe everyone. tserings-fund.org

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