Samisha Joshi LaMeyer wrote -
The victims of the earthquake in Nepal didn't get a chance to recover nor rebuild their homes due to monsoons, blockade and inept government. And now they are hit by freezing winter. Most families still live under the temprorary tents. The winter has claimed lives and threatens many. This is our small effort. It takes many kind and compassionate people like you to make it happen. And we are appealing to you for help to make that change.
We are raising funds for Upaya's Nepal Relief Fund becuase they have been on the ground helping people in remote areas of Gorkha, Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk and camps in Kathmandu city. I personally worked closely with Pasang Lamu Sherpa and Tora Akita who have been taking the supplies to families funded by Upaya. Upaya Zen has been headed by Roshi Joan Halifax who has selflessly been helping the marginalized community in Nepal for years. She leads a Nomad Clinic every year to remote parts of Nepal. Let's help her, help Nepal.
Everything we raise here will go towards Nepal. It's a tax-deductible contribution. The blockade has made life more difficult for Nepalis in the villages. The camps we set up as a temprorary home is now their only home. The basic shortages has made become one of the greatest man made disasters in the country.
Here is a brief summary of what Upaya has done so far just this year.
Projects of Upaya Zen Center in Nepal Erathquake Relief
Dhading district on 5th May 2015, Upaya distributed 1110kg of rice, 150kg of lentils, 60ltrs of oil, 50kg of salt altogether to Bhandari Gaun, Bohora Gaun, Rana Gaun and Nepal Gaun of Dhading district.
May10 Sushpachhymawati VDC of Dolakha district. Distributed 7000kg of rice, 1400kg of lentils, 1400kg of beaten rice, 700lr of oil and 700kg of salt, altogether to ward 9 (128 households) and ward 6 (114 households) of Sushpachhymawati VDC and remaining salt to the VDC secretary for fair distribution to the needy ones of the entire VDC.
May23 61 volunteers went to Babare, Dolakha on 14 trucks with 36 tons of food, including rice, lentils, salt and oil, plus 550 tarps.
May28 Alampu VDC of Dolkha district. Distributed 16.5 tons of rice, 1,000 kg of lentils, 1,000 kg of salt and 600 liters of oil to 562 households of Alampu VDC.
May 26 Drove 12 hours to Babare and distributed to 9 wards of Alampu VDC on the morning of the 27th. Residents of Alampu, walked 5 hours to Babare to collect these provisions. 115 local porters walked back with them to Alampu carrying provisions for the old and the ill.
June 7 Khorlagaun and Khorla Bensi is one day walk from Laprak village. This village had not received relief because the trail was swept away by a massive landslides. 30kg rice, 3kg of lentil, 1lr oil, 2kg of salt and tarpaulins of each 211 households by mobilizing 185 local porter. Even elderlies and young walked a long way to collect provisions.
Salt , Oil and Dal for Lapsibot and Yum Gaun of 240 household.
June 30 the school materials to Sri Vaishnabi Primary School in Nuwakot.
July 3 distributed tarpaulins to the deaf and disability community in Nuwakot. School materials to Little Star English School.
July 9 provided 100 army blankets to the displaced sherpa community from Thembang, Sindhupalchowk to Kopan Kathmandu.
July 10 120 school bags for the children in Gati, Sidhupalchowk
July 11 105 school bags to the displaced sherpa community children in Kopan, from Thembathang, Sindhupalchowk.
July 15 300 blankets to people in Kerounja who came down to Arkhet to get them.
July 15 CGI sheets temporary shelter and 3 months worth of food supplies to BiguGumba, Dolakha, it was the epicenter of 2nd earthquake, for 16 nuns from age of 45~60 who remained there to protect the Monastry July 21 2.5tons of mixed bean, 250 reusable sanitary pads (organic and environment friendly) and prenatal kits for pregnant mothers and mothers whose children are under age of one.
Aug 2 100 school bags for Shree Bhawani Pramavi, Kagatigaun Nuwakot VDC 1.
Dec 8 We successful distributed 515 blankets for the Uiya VDC in Upper Gorkha (2days walk from Laprak)
Dec 29 3000 thick blankets on 7 trucks to Bigu VDC, Alampu VDC and Suspa Chemawati VDC, Upper Dolakha
Jan 5 distributed 110 warm winter jackets Jamune VDC in Sindhupalchowk