Stunning Everest

The Nepalese people are a very resilient race and are getting back to their feet after the earthquakes and the many many aftershocks. Thank you so much for all the donations that are going directly to those most in need in the rural area of Sindhuli District.

Watch this brief video of this truly stunning country:

Images below of Kapilakot Village. Delivery of emergency aid on 17th May 2015. Images: Dr. Graeme Clugston of Nepal Leprosy Trust.

Delivering Rice and Tarpaulins
Delivering Rice and Tarpaulins
Family home after the earthquake.
Family home after the earthquake.
Temporary family home, thanks to emergency aid.
Temporary family home, thanks to emergency aid.

Earthquake strikes again

As you might have heard by now, another massive earthquake, of magnitude 6.8 magnitude (by a Nepal source) and 7.3 (US Geographical Survey), hit Nepal, with the epicenter in Namche Bazaar near Everest. About 100 people have died, and about 1,200 have been injured.

All NLT staff and families are fine.

Things had eventually gotten back to normal, but this has brought back the terror once again. Most of the houses which were cracked from the previous earthquakes, have collapsed, including some staff village houses.

In KTM they were working in the office when the quake struck. They immediately rushed outside to the road and to the open fields in front of the office.

Some of the NLT staff, including Maya, Juju, Yakub and Din, through their church, had gone to Malta, a village 45 kilometers south from NLT office, to distribute relief materials to the affected people there. The earthquake struck right in the middle of that. They shared that some houses collapsed right in front of them. Later the office was closed as everyone wanted to know about their families and houses. So far we haven’t heard about anyone injured.

 

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You can see Jakub on the lorry.

Thank you very much for your prayers, and please do continue to pray for Nepal as all the people are very fearful.

Pray for the peace of God to fill their hearts.

Thanks

Mike Winterburn

Relief on the way

Thank YOU so much for all the donations, it is so welcome and allows us to reach the most vulnerable people – one person at a time, one family at a time and one village at time. See images below.

Relief materials handed over to Sindhuli District Relief Committee

‘We have handed over the relief materials 4 tons beaten rice, 970 kg dalmoth and 21 nos tarpaulin sheets. According to the record 5000 tarpaulin sheet have been collected from the various organisations. Tarpauline is the greatest need is for Sindhuli as well as nation wide.  Direct involvement of the donors is remained as controversy in district and national level too. This government directive has slowed down the distribution process. Tarpaulin sheets are in shortage in the local markets.

There is medicines shortage in Sindhupalchok district according to the national news. So as many people have not received the emergency relief materials due to remoteness. Our Central Regional Health Director is heading towards Chaurara tomorrow for supervision of the medical needs. He will let us know medical needs and others too.’ From Dambar Aley,  Program Director, NLT Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre, in south east Nepal.

Relief Materials donated by LLSC being given to army personnels, Relief Collection Centre for Sindhuli. 1st May 2015
Relief Materials donated by LLSC being given to army personnels, Relief Collection Centre for Sindhuli. 1st May 2015
Vital clean water on its way to Sindhuli, 1st May 2015
Vital clean water on its way to Sindhuli, 1st May 2015

If you would like to contribute towards the relief operation that will provide food, tents and medicine please make a donation on our website at: http://nlt.ie/?page_id=423 and state Earthquake relief for Sindhuli district in the comment option.

If you would like more details please contact info@nlt.ie

Thank you.

Bruised but not broken

The need is so great that you could give up before we start.

The €1 million emergency generously given by the Irish government has all been allocated. Irish Aid is also arranging airlifts of emergency relief items such as tents, blankets, and tarpaulins to assist an estimated 12,000 vulnerable people and meet their immediate acute needs.  Over 63 tonnes of Irish stocks are being distributed by aid partners in the Kathmandu-Makwanpur area, focusing on those most severely affected, and those living in temporary settlements or in the open air since their homes were destroyed.

In Nepal people are ranging from being joyful and thankful for being spared, to angry and desperate because no aid has come. At least the tremors have passed, and normal life is beginning to be restored for the fortunate. However many are still facing living in the open with little food or shelter.

Should we despair at the huge need? No, why not? Well just as you are important to your family and friends so too are those suffering in Nepal important. They are worth helping.

Help us to help Nepal, one person at a time, one family at a time and one village at time.

It will cost approximately €50 to help a family with blankets, clothes and food.

If you would like to contribute towards the relief operation that will provide food, tents and medicine please make a donation on our website at: http://nlt.ie/?page_id=423 and state Earthquake relief for Sindhuli district in the comment option.

We have raised over €1,000 in Ireland in the last couple of days, help us to increase that.

The cost of the relief for the Sindhuli region is budgeted at $131,660.

Thanks

Mike Winterburn

NLT Ireland chairman

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