Organized by: Manoj Kattel
As of June 15, more than 8800 people have lost their lives, thousands are still missing and 23,000 more people were injured.
We arrived in Kathmandu in June 2015 unaware of the magnitude of the devastation. The extent of suffering and displacement of our own family is the reason for us to initiate this request for help.
News reports and online publications can only show the collapse of the buildings and tent habitations that have sprung up, but they do not really portray the full picture of the true devastation. Approximately 500,000 homes were destroyed, every home has been damaged, there is not a single home without cracks with some type of permanent damage.
Our uncle, who lives near town of Shaku is of one of those victims. The town itself doesn’t have any building standing. Uncle’s house is completely un-inhabitable. While he suffers from Asthma, he now lives in a makeshift tent home, where food is cooked with firewood and little modern facilities exists.
Here are some of the other stories we heard.
We met a women traumatized by the quake that she still cannot enter her own house. There has been over 250 large after shocks since April 25th. There are no treatment facilities / therapies that are available for her.
We met a family of a man whose both legs were broken during the first quake on April 25, but died of heart attack on the second quake on May 12th.
We met a farmer whose only farm and the sole source of family income is now a tent habitat.
We met a relative of a wealthy women who pulled over to the curve during the quake and stayed in the car for safety, only to be crushed by the falling 5 story building.
We met an aid worker from the US who traveled to Nepal with all his savings. His only usable skill removing bricks from fallen homes. He said, “I am not use-ful for re-building, but just being among the victims gives them comfort.”
Additionally, Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the PatanDurbar Squar, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Changu Narayan Temple and the Swayambhunath Stupa.
Your donation will go directly to the village of Sakhu.
Thank you for your support and please pray for Nepal.