During times of crisis and devastation, the physical therapy profession has demonstrated tremendous selflessness, sacrifice, and commitment to our fellow brothers and sisters; often being among the first responders - treating people, collecting supplies, raising funds, and then later providing pro-bono services to these same countries or areas hit by natural disaster. In an ongoing effort to support the humanity efforts of our profession and to aide other countries globally, APTA is providing information to assist its members and the profession in reaching out to these impacted areas.
Statement by APTA President Paul Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS
The recent consecutive earthquakes in Nepal have left thousands dead and laid to waste in their destructive paths, entire villages. In some instances families have lost generations. On behalf of APTA, I wish to convey sincerest condolences and offer our heartfelt prayers to the people of Nepal and those in nearby nations, as they begin to pick up the pieces and try to rebuild.
As a nation we are no stranger to the devastating and costly consequences of natural disasters. We are, in many ways, still finding our way back from 2005's Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural catastrophe in the history of the United States, which destroyed so much in New Orleans. With fewer resources and more remote locations, the Nepalese have a long, hard road ahead.
We joined this profession for a reason; because we are drawn to care for people. During times like these, physical therapists are often among the first responders on the scene, treating people, collecting supplies, and raising funds. I've seen this firsthand time and again during my time as APTA's president. And I know there are already many physical therapists out there, lending helping hands in a variety of ways to provide relief to those affected by this earthquake.
Not surprisingly, we have received inquiries from our members about how to get involved and help. One of the best ways to assist is by donating to Handicap International, which supports people with disabilities and others who are vulnerable in areas of conflict or disaster. We are encouraging our members who want to help to donate what they can to this well-established organization, whose amazing work has been recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize.
It will take time, but I remain hopeful that Nepal will rise from the destruction and stand whole once again.
Donate to Handicap International
Information on supplies, volunteering opportunities, and other relief efforts for Nepal will be provided here as it is collected.