For those of us who lived through the 2010 flash floods, the anxiety level really ratchets up each night we sit in the dark listening to the skies open up on us. Nothing we can do. This is our new climate. And no amount of rationalization helps at 4 am in the dark.
We remain the only NGO supporting a district-wide mental health program. And while this month's evaluations have shown its far from perfect, at least we're here, we're providing training for local health professionals to gain psychiatric and counseling skills, we're making sure remote clinics have meds, and producing educational materials in local languages.
I'm watching the clouds gathering again and wishing they would just go away, all of our anxiety would go away and climate change wasn't real.
And equally thankful that the Chief Health Officer cleared his schedule and we'll be going out together on Tuesday with health education programs for students (who are stressed enough preparing for exams) in our worst hit Sham area villages.