A Metro Vancouver woman is leaving her family for a month to join the international effort to help survivors of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
Red Cross delegate Lisa Anne Pierce says it was a family decision to go, with a husband and two sons at home.
She says she will only find out when she arrives where she’ll be staying, and reminds others of the best ways to help.
“One of the biggest challenges in a major disaster area like this is well-meaning individuals who want to right thing and go and support,” she says. “Arriving without the proper training, without the proper equipment, and then they actually become a further burden on the situation.”
Pierce says this is the first time she’s arrived at a disaster zone within days of it happening. She was deployed to Haiti a month after the quake there in 2010.
Twenty-five Canadians are also heading to Nepal to run a field hospital that can serve 50,000 people.