As promised, we are writing an update to our blog post on 27th April
News is still very sketchy as you can imagine –
but below is the latest we have and also details of how you can donate –
– if you wish
– thanks to all of you who have asked.
We have talked with our partners in Nepal and the suggested charities for donations have come from them – they and we trust that these mechanisms are the best way to ensure they recieve funds ASAP.
Shermethang and Yangrima School
The village has been devestated and only yesterday did real assistance reach them – through childreach international – thier incountry director is one of Nima’s brothers and he with Nima was one of the founders of Yangrima – read a very recent article about him here .
There are a number of photos of the state of Yangrima on our Face Book page these are just a few
Tshering posted this today May 1st on his Face Book page
“This is Yangrima school in my hometown – Shermathang. The school was closed for 8 years because of the civil war. I promised my people that I would do anything to re-open the school. I was fortunate to started working for Childreach International to raise fund and managed to re-open the school 6 years ago. I was in tear in the first day we re-opened, I was in tear because of villager’s smile, I was in tear seeing children runing around the school yard. This place is not only dear to my heart. It is where my soul lay,it was the reason why I wanted further education, it was the reason why I am who I am today. My heart broken seeing everything we done all gone in a flash. BUT – WE WILL REBUILT THIS SCHOOL, AND MANY OTHER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE COLLAPSED. Like what I promised to people of my village many years ago, today, I promise I will do whatever it take to make this school rise again !”
Nima recommends that you donate to childreach at the moment ( he is unsure when Yangrima will be able to access funds through thier own account. ChildReach has worked closely with Yangrma for a number of years and Tshering is the In Country Director. Childreach is on the ground giving emergency support
click here to donate https://www.childreach.org.uk/fundraise-nepal
If ,however, you would like to donate directly to Yangrima you can donate here – and Yangrima will access the funds as soon as they can – they will need a lot of help rebuilding
The orphanage has been seriously damaged but all the children are safe. Dot Coupe ( a long term visitor and volunteer at Naxal is in Kathmandu with the children of Naxal – she was there when the earthquake happened and has stayed on.
The children….and Dot….. have been sleeping under tarpaulin and even studying!
Dot and other volunteers have been fundraising for a new premesis for Naxal and they are nearly at their target – Naxal have asked, if you wish to donate, that you support this initiative – they have found the property – it is safe .
Tiger Mountain and Amar Jyoti,
Here we have good news! There is no damage at Tiger Mopuntain and no damage at Amar Jyoti to Amar Jyoti – but Marcus tells us that Thuloswara village ( home to some Amar Jyoti children) has had houses destroyed – so although Pokhara appears to have been very lucky, many families in the country around Pokhara are homeless and safety is the most important issue given that the rains are only a few weeks ago. He has asked that if you wish to donate you donate to https://www.shelterbox.org/donate.php
We have heard little news but we do know that it was not a school day – so very few children were at school and the bamboo ensured protection. In fact Uttam has opened the Samata schools as a refuge to those that have lost thier homes.
If any volunteers have managed to make contact please do let us know – you know at the best of times Uttam is not easy to contact!
Raj and the Social Tours team are working tirelessly to help people in remote areas find shelter – Raj has set off today to Gati to deliver emergency aid including tarpaulins
If you would like to support Social Tours work please follow this link – again due to lack of clarity about when they can access funds he has asked that you pledge funds and they will contact you when they have clarity.
There will be many many displaced children during this tragedy – we highly recommend supporting Next Generation Nepal – we know them personally and thier work is so important – they work to keep children in Nepal out of orphanages and in thier families and communities. They are a small NGO – the work will be huge – if you can spare a few pounds for them too it will be well used. Donate to them here
Finally – thankyou everyone – for all your support.
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