Thanks to Skype generously waiving fees for calls to and from Nepal, we were able to speak with four different friends in Kathmandu last night and again this morning. We are beginning to set up project coordinators who are identifying specific needs and we will be sending the first funds over today. We will be posting photos and updates as we receive them.
Here are some highlights from some of the phone calls last night.
When we asked N___ where she and her family were living (she has a husband and two sons) She answered, “Outside on the ground, we have no fresh water and it has started raining but we are okay.” She then went on to tell us how “bad” other people had it compared to her family being safe and together.
J___ is a young doctor working long hours at the Kathmandu Teaching Hospital and after hours is helping us gather information on medical needs as teams of doctors are being sent out to remote villages.
Her brother R___is a law student who together with some fellow students has been on the streets gathering information on how they can best serve immediate needs. They have identified a village about 75 km outside of Kathmandu where 2000 families have lost their homes. They have only received 200 tents and are in desperate need of more shelter as well as food. R___ has found a source to purchase tents suitable to shelter a family for about $15.00 each. We are making arrangements to wire his team enough money to purchase at least 60 tents. They will personally be getting them in to this stricken area and distributing them to those in need. We will have first hand accounts of this effort.
When asked the basic question “How are you?” All of them answered, “Okay” and then proceeded to tell us about the suffering of others around them. I am inspired and so humbled by the generous spirit all of these friends have shown under the most dire circumstances.
– Carolyn, for HPN