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Earthquake aid relief work - May 6

Just got back from another wonderful aid relief distribution to 2 Tamang village which was completely flatten 140 houses . Tired but happy to see the beautiful smiling faces .. Stay tuned for full report ...

 


 

 

NGTF'S 5TH AID RELIEF DISTRIBUTION TO PURANO CHEPPAR VILLAGE WARD 8 & 9. NUMBER OF HOUSES 140, 100 % ALL HOUSE DESTROYED. DEATHS 22, DRIVING TIME OFF ROAD FROM KTM TO BHANJANG 65 KM ONE WAY. NUMBER OF 4 WHEEL DRIVE 2 AND FOOD CARGO CARRY 1 TRUCK - 140 BAG OF RICE (30KG EACH BAG), 150 KG OF SALT, 140 KG OF COOKING OIL - NOODLES AND BISCUITS .

 


 

 

Early hours at 06:00 our NGTF team JJ, Tenzing, Surya and Achyut led by Tashi Tenzing departed with precious cargo from Kathmandu, heading east toward the mountains where the Tamang Village is located. It was a beautiful morning, we drove zig zag, up and down the mountains looking at all the road side house which were completely desimated to the ground by the earthquake. We stopped at Malemchi town for a quick bite as we had not had any breakfast. A bowl of quick fried noodles and a boiled egg washed down by a nepali cup of tea to keep us going through the day. We then drove up steep hills off road though some wild terrain, looking at villages that were completely destroyed to the ground. At one stop we saw a cremation taking place with relatives all around, plenty of tears on their faces and hearts filled with grief for their loss. I did not take any photos of the cremation due to respect for the dead and also for the relatives of the deceased. Finally we arrived at the distribution site an open ground 2300m above sea level, to be more precise Bhanjang. We were unable to drive all the way to the village as the roads were completely destroyed due to landslides that had been generated as a result of the earthquake. We could see the village down at the bottom of hill, it seemed to be completely flattened. There were a few villagers who had walked 3 kms uphill to meet us. We had a quick lunch which was prepared at home at 5 am in morning, I guess we were all hungry as there were no leftovers. After lunch our truck still had not arrived, finally after an hour of rest our truck arrived with the cargo. By this stage more and more villagers had flocked to our relief point to receive the aid that had finally come for them. Some looking very happy, some nervous and some not sure as to who had brought this food for them.

After unloading the food our NGTF team got straight into action and with the help of a local person (Sun Bhadaur Tamang, Local head of the village) we began calling out the individual names of the residents of the village whereupon they were given a generous relief pack (consisting of rice, salt, oil, cream biscuits and instant noodles) we started at 1 pm and after 3 hours we had completed the task of providing aid to this beautiful mountain people who so desperalty needed food for their houses, as all of their food and belongings were buried in the debris of their demolished homes. We could see several happy faces lit up with smiles there were mothers, fathers, young children small and big all taking part in lending a helping hand, in order to carry the food back to their homes. Our team was also getting tired, there were 8 bags of rice still to be given and we had heard that the people supposed to receive this aid were unable to collect their ration as they were mourning the loss of their loved ones, who had passed away as a result of the fatal earthquake. There were prayers being chanted at the local monastery for the victims. We then handed over the responsibility of their rations to 3 elderly folks of the village who assured us that the ration would be delivered to the respective homes, which now seemed to be mere temporary shelters.

We were all very happy to see the village folks carry their food and head on their way down to the village, some waved to us with smiles on their faces as they walked away while others folded their hands with a gesture indicating Namaste and told us "Thank you so much for helping us in these hard times".

Once again NGTF have been able to touch the hearts of the Cheeper Village folks. I must say Thank you to our team for their hard work and continuous support on the aid relief work.

Quote of the day...

THE BEST WAY TO FIND YOURSELF IS TO LOSE YOURSELF IN THE SERVICES OF OTHERS

MAHATMA GHANDI

Tashi Tenzing

Tashi was born in Darjeeling, India on 30 Nov, 1965 - youngest son of Pem Pem who is Tenzing Norgay's eldest daughter. Tenzing, with Sir Edmund Hillary, made the first ascent of Everest on 29th May 1953. Tashi's mother is also a climber. She was a member of the 1959 International Women's Expedition to Cho Oyu, in Nepal - the 7th highest mountain in the world - an expedition which ended tragically in the death of two climbers.

Website: www.tenzingasianholidays.com

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