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Earthquake aid relief work - May 8

Food aid to Burataki Village, Ward no. 9, 60 houses.

2 Toyota Hilux's loaded with 60 bags of rice, lentils, instant noodles and busicuts accompanied by the NGTF team led by Tashi Tenzing headed 40 km East of Kathmandu. In order to get to our point of destination we had to divert from the Highway onto off-road just before reaching Dolalghat. On reaching the village we noticed that all the Chettri folks had been patiently waiting for our arrival. We were made aware of the situation in this particular village as our vice president of NGTF had received a call from his friend, reporting that the village was completely flattened and had not received any relief aid as yet.


We were completely in shock and could not believe our eyes, the first sight we saw was that of 9 houses in a row completely reduced to rubble and of a 75 year old lady being taken out from the debris of a building. She seemed to be still in and shock and trauma, on getting a closer look we could see her still shaking. She was speaking to us saying that the earthquake was still coming, while we were continually trying to explain to her that these were only aftershocks and that we would not be experiencing another big one. We tried to clam her down by asking her to rest and giving her assurance that everything would slowly but surely be getting back to normal. We then headed up through the fields up to the main village and to our surprise it was completely gone, there was not one single home left standing. In total there were only 2 deaths, we also met a young mother with her 1 month old son who came up to us crying and in relief that we had brought food for their village.

We started distributing the food and we could see several happy faces children, mothers, fathers, elderly folks they had all come to receive the aid we had to offer. Before we left they had all gathered together to thank us for coming to their village with relief aid and were continually requesting time and again that they needed sleeping tents. We told them that we would return to their village with tents before the beginning of monsoon.

Overall we were very happy that NGTF had been able to visit this village, if it was not for our Vice President Sanjit, who had given us the information we probably would not have know the plight of this village. Thank you Sanjit.

Team of NGTF for this aid effort: Sanjit, Achyut, JJ and Tashi Tenzing. Quote of the day :

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost

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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