As the days pass, the devastation caused by Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal continues. The danger of falling buildings is now joined by the many other complications that follow such disasters; lack of food and shelter and the growing risk of disease caused by poor sanitation.
Everyone in Nepal is pulling together to help, including Tibetan communities. Pokhara, where many Tibetans live, was not severely affected but Tibetans are gathering donations and supplies to help the Nepalese communities. However, some Tibetan communities have been badly hit, both in Kathmandu and in remote regions. The army, aid workers and volunteers are working hard to get food, plastic sheets and medical supplies out to the affected areas.
Since the news broke we have been trying to gather information about our projects and sponsored children and we are now able to update you on their statuses – please see below.
Tsagam and Bagang
This area was severely affected, in particular the Tsagam nunnery where one nun has died and several are badly injured. We are sending funds for immediate relief in this area where a large proportion of the population is Tibetan – they urgently need plastic sheets for shelter and dry food as there are no cooking facilities. The road is inaccessible so supplies must be delivered by helicopter.
Lodrik Welfare Fund, Pokhara
Fortunately the Lodrik settlements have not been badly hit; there is some damage to buildings – this is the same for most Tibetan settlements in Western Nepal.
Namgyal Middle & Higher Secondary Schools, Kathmandu Valley
No casualties, some cracks in buildings and fences demolished.
Shree Songtsen Bhrikuti Boarding High School, Kathmandu Valley
No casualties, a large crack in the classroom building so can’t hold classes for safety reasons.
As far as we know, all of our sponsored children, monks and elders in Nepal are OK, but we are awaiting further news.
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