Esther Kwan in tears as she recalls trip to crisis-ridden Nepal

26 June 2016 / 4 months 2 days ago

Hong Kong actress Esther Kwan was overcome with emotion when she recently visited Nepal as Orbis' ambassador.

According to Jaynestars, she attended an event for Orbis, an organization that aims to improve eye health in struggling countries around the world.

Esther and the team travelled to the quake-ridden Nepal, where they visited villagers who were unable to afford proper eye care.

The star said her trip could be summarized into four different experiences—happiness, fear, unimaginable, and sadness.

In their week-long trip in Nepal, Esther and the team often had to travel uphill, as many of the villages were on top of mountains. One day, the weather suddenly turned for the worst, and a terrible storm hit their side of the mountain.

“I felt like I was in the movieTwister. I could feel the car struggling to stay upright. I saw cars already turned over ahead of us. Then, it started hailing for 30 seconds, and water was seeping into the car. We had to wear our raincoats inside. Fortunately, we all escaped danger in the end.”

She got teary-eyed when she shared her story about meeting a little girl who was suffering from cataracts.

“After healing one eye, her mother said it was enough. One eye is enough to live on. I wasn’t expecting this response. As a mother, I would also hope to see my children living healthily and peacefully.

"When I went home, I told my daughter this story. She wondered why the mother decided to not go through with the rest of the operation, and told me she realizes how lucky we all are.

"I told her that people there do not live a life of luxury like we do. The mother had no choice but to make that decision.”

It was Esther's first time in the Himalayan country, and she was surprised to see how kind and helpful the locals were. She also said Nepali dishes suited her tastes, saying, “We ate curry lamb almost every single day.”

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