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Earthquake aid relief work - May 15





Yesterday Amelia had donated tarpaulin and women special gift packages to NGTF. We then decided to head back to Bangari Village, ward no 9 and other wards that were worst effected in the VDC. Let us tell you a bit about the women gift packages, it constitutes mainly of items that are a necessity for the women in villages, such as soap for washing face, soap for washing clothes, basic toilet articles, typical nepali cloths that are used by women in the mountains, torch lights etc. We were very impressed, my wife Nima was there to explain to the women of the villages, all the items that were found in this special package. We left home around 7 am in the morning, headed North of Kathmandu, it was around 68 km to the village. We were all set with aid such as the women gift packages and the tarpaulin, the tarpaulin was the most important item for the villagers as they needed this urgently in order to make their shelter.

We got to the village around 10 am and it was wonderful to see the Tamang community folks. They had patiently waited for us and on our arrival gave us a warm welcome. After which we then quickly got into action, the team set for this mission was my wife Nima, Dorje, Surya and myself. We asked all the women to form a line which was then followed by Nima's explanation to the heads of the group about the women gift packages and soon the message was passed around to all the women and also young female adults in the community. The women gift packages were then distributed to all the women by Nima herself. She handed over 70 women special gift packages. Simultaneously we had also distributed over 70 tarpaulins to the men, this was so that they would be able to start making a temporary shelter for themselves to sleep in. Overall it was a great day for the team and we were able to see wonderful smiling faces all around.

We had also announced that all children should start going back to school from next week and that NGTF would provide new school uniforms to kick start the new term at the school. This decision was made as most of the children's school uniform were now buried in the debris of their homes. There seemed to be wide smiles on all the mothers faces, guess it was because their children were now getting back to studies and were also about to receive new school uniforms.

After completing our mission we left the village and headed back down towards the coffee farm, where we met more women who had been waiting for us to gift them the special women gift packages. It was indeed a delight to handover each care package to them.

As we drove down hill we were just about to meet the main road to Kathmandu when we saw a father and his daughter making a wooden shelter for themselves. We then stopped the jeep, walked towards him and asked him if he had a roof that would go over his wooden frame. He then replied "I don't have any cover for a roof, I don't know where I am going to get one from and I don't have any money to pay for one." We told him not to worry as we had 2 spare tarpaulins in our jeep and they were perfect to give a finishing touch to his wooden shelter. We then quickly got into action and built his shelter with the help of his daughter. She had previously studied in the school built by NGTF and had passed out last year, she had completed year 8. We then later asked him as to where his home was? He replied with a soft voice "I don't have a home or land everything has been destroyed by this earthquake." On hearing his answer we felt deeply saddened for him, his daughter and his family. We then told him that NGTF operation ANGLE is now here to help. He looked at us and we could see a sign of relief in his face, a happy one. After helping them we then drove over 68 km of winding roads back to Kathmandu. By the time we arrived home, it was around 7 pm. We were all tired yet happy to have helped deliver such precious relief aid to the villagers that desperately needed it.

We at NGTF would like to specially thank AMELIA HILLARY for providing this precious women gift packages and Tarpaulins to NGTF.

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.


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