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Earthquake aid relief work - May 22

OPERATION ANGEL AID RELIEF BY NGTF
VILLAGE DISTRIBUTION : BARUWA
AID RELIF DISTRIBUTION BOHTANG - YANGRI
WARD NO : 1-4-5
A REPORT FROM MAYA GURUNG AND SHAILEE BASANT ( NEPAL'S FIRST SEVEN SUMMIT SIMMITTEERS.


A REPORT FROM MAYA GURUNG AND SHAILEE BASANT ( NEPAL'S FIRST SEVEN SUMMIT SIMMITTEERS.

THE TEAM : BANDINIMA & TASHI SHERPA TENZING - TENZING MINGMA , ACHUT NEUPANE, NARESH RANA , SURY MAGAR, MAYA GURUNG AND SHAILEE BASANT..
2 HILUX AND 1 TRUCK .
DISTANCE COVERED : 130 KM TOUGHEST OFF ROAD CHALLENGE YET
HEIGHT OF VILLAGE 1980M

Far away, below the two giant hills is the little village of Yangri in Baruwa VDC, the last village on this side of Nepal. Baruwa and Bhotang VDC have constantly been in the news for the terrible number of death tolls and flattened settlements. Merciless landslides following numerous quakes blocked road access for days. At the moment Bhotang is six hours drive. Most of that drive is through nerve wracking post-disaster villages, landslides, rivers with no bridges, deep drops on narrow dirt roads that constantly snake up and down in adrenaline rushing angles. 'Dangerous' is not a word enough to describe the road or the drive. That's one reason why so little, if at all, has reached these villages. Thanks to Nepal Green Tara Foundation amazing team of Tashi Tenzing Norgay and Bandi Nima Sherpa, Yangri and surrounding villages received 160 bags of rice, salt, oil and 270 packet of noodles on Thursday, May 21st. We visited three schools in the region, all of them in mostly debris, yet all headmasters eager to re-open. Tashi dai is one of THE REASONS who made the climb possible to Vision Massif the last seven summit mountain in Antarctica happen. Coming from the legendary family of one of the first humans on Everest, Tenzing Norgay, his grandson Tashi dai, is a hero himself. Nepal Green Tara Foundation has been helping villages in building school in the remote for years already. Now the team is with us in helping earthquake hit villages reprise, especially the schools. It's a long road to recovery. Its inspiring and encouraging to see the family of supporter ever increasing. Thank you Nepal Green Tara Foundation, all its donors, all supporters of the Seven Summits Women Team, volunteers, villagers who play key role in making this happen and the amazing superhero drivers. The devastation is so big that every single effort counts. For support and updates please visitwww.nepalgreentara.org and the seven summit team website www.sevensummitswomen.org

Together We Reach Higher!


A SPECIAL REPORT FROM TENZING MINGMA SHERPA -

Dear Friends of Nepal Green Tara Foundation.

We thank you for your prayers and kindness. With your support we headed to Sindupolchok, one of the most affected Districts in Nepal. Our mission today was to help the villages of Yangri and Baruwa. The village is the furthest to get into the district and shares a border with Tibet.

We were led by Bandinima & Tashi Tenzing.
We started our Journey the evening before when Mr Tashi Tenzing Prepared our lunch for the next day trip and loaded our 2 Hilux and a truck. We had packed 160 bags of Rice, Salt, Oil and 270 Packets of Instant noodles. The NGTF team has developed sturdy muscle as we have had to continuously lift and distribute tonnes of rice throughout the month.

On the 21st morning we had about 130 KMs of off-road and 12 hours to travel for the day. We left around 6:30 after the reporting sessions of all our core team members. On this trip we also had Ms Maya Gurung and Shailee Basnet accompany us. They are both members of the famed Nepal Seven Summit Womans team and NGTF is proud to have close ties with them. Ms Maya Gurung is from Sindupolchok and we were glad that we had her as a representative with the locals for us, On doing this we were hoping to have an organized and fair distribution of the relief goods. We were heading into a very delicate but dangerous zone. According to reports, of the 60,000 houses in the district 80% are thought to be destroyed. As of 1 May, more than 1,820 people died in the district, and thousands of people were injured, of which 614 were sent to Kathmandu for treatment. Over 40 people were rescued from debris, and more than 3,000 people were still missing.
The major 7.8 magnitude Earthquake alone had wrecked havoc in the area. Unfortunately Sindupolchok, has also been the epicentre of 14 aftershocks including the unexpected major 7.3 magnitude Aftershock responsible for the current landslides. This has lead the place into chaos and absolute confusion.
Our Journey itself has been a very risky one, 80% of the journey was unpatched and rocky, I saw incomplete bridges, Tilted Houses ready to fall, I felt the soil was loose and I could only see decimated hills and could not digest the thought That we were trapped in a jeep on a landslide prone. I remember asking to leave the place immediately. It was a sad sight to see that every settlement, every bazar, every school, villages along the way were flattened. It had all been replaced by camps of tarpaulin sheet, and very few Chinese tents.
We also had a very thoughtful lunch as we briefed about the current village problems and visited the schools that had been reduced to debris. I got my answers when we reached the local School at Bhotang to distribute the relief. The locals did not look hopeless- but shaken. After we finished the distribution, I was glad to be a part of it. They were very caring community, there was no major grabbing or pushing for relief. They were a very co operative and thankful people. I realized the further we get from the city the more cultured we get. The less selfish we become. During and after the distribution we had many chats with locals and I found out that hey had walked 2 hours to get here as there are no roads connecting their village to the major Kodari Highway. Most of them have been living together and sharing every little thing they have. Aid has been slow to trickle into Yangri and Baruwa. The very thing that makes the place beautiful, has become a problem. The Himalayan terraces have become a burden. The narrowing and winding roads have made it very difficult to reach the most needy. Baruwa and Yangri have hardly received any help. The villages next to the roads were fortunate enough to have instant relief, but luck has not sided with our remote and rural villages.
It is in helping them NGTF finds peace and happiness.

We cannot change the fact that 8,296 deaths have been reported so far and 19000 are seriously injured. 600000 families are reported homeless. However we can give aid relief , shelter and love to the ones who are alive and are our rebuilding their new lives and their new homes.. NGTF is there to help ..

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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