As promised, an update regarding de disaster in Nepal and the situation of our projects.
An informative e-mail of Tendy Sherpa, Director of Iceland Trekking:
Namaste dear all,
It is more bad then we expected, Bhandar is out of reach.
No contact at all till now.
Kerounja is out of Reach, totally out of Contact, all people are out
of reach. Their phones are not working.
Barpak, Laprak, Gumda, Kerounja are out of contact.
Helicopter rescue could not reach there .
Even here in kathmandu thousands of people are still under the houses,
who are alive are
all outside at empty ground.
I am busy to take care of people around my house and our Children at DRC.
I provided DRC fly sheets, ground Sheets and Mattresses
to let them sleep
outside, because earthquake is still going on but not
as big as the first one.
Many houses around my house are not able to be used because lots are
damaged and it is
dangerous to sleep in those houses .
So many children and their mothers are sleeping with my Family.
Tomorrow Dick will visit DRC if situation improves.
Till this morning was not good situation.
Thank you for the kind cooperation and concern about us and help.
Thank you very much.
(Disability Rehabilitation Centre)
We had contact by telephone and all the children of DRC are fine. The building is damaged and will
need to be repaired, but not until the aftershocks have stopped.
The children now sleep in improvised tents.
A big sheet of plastic, used for greenhouses was bought, and this is 100% waterproof and very strong.
We expect that today the children will again be able to sleep in the building. This is good news.
Several walls have fractures, but the walls are very thick and sturdy and will not collapse.
Repairs will cost a lot of money, but we are happy that nobody got hurt.
After the disaster, Tendy Sherpa found the
children below a plastic sheet as a shelter for the rain.
The plastic emergency shelter, now dry and
Trekking matresses of Iceland Trekking
Taas Kelnu, game of cards
Damage to the Physiotherapy area, roof is distorted
The epicentre of the earthquake was in Barpak
in the Ganesh Himal, North of Gorkha and only a few kms from Kerounja.
All houses suffered severe damage or are flattened.
The healthpost is probably badly damaged or has totally collapsed
We built a water well in Kerounja above the village for the villagers. Before they used water out of a brook but
they contracted chronical bowel diseases.
We fear that the well is also damaged and
possibly out of order.
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The area cannot be reached by road and the valley of Buri Gandaki is likely to be blocked.
The damage is enormous. If, we as Sponsortrek Nepal would send a team of doctors and aids, we would need to
give help already en route to Arughat.
The international help currently concentrates around Kathmandu, which we understand.
A few relief goods seem to be flown by helicopter to the mountainous regions and badly wounded vistims are flown to Kathmandu.
We cannot do anything untill first aid is given by the local relief organisations. Sponsortrek is not capable of doing this.
We hope we could help later. Two doctors have volunteered but we can only participate in a structured relief program.
We contacted various relief organisation like the Dutch section of Eye Care Nepal and we are in good contact with them.
We think that especially the outer regions in
the mountains need to be visited to evacute the badly wounded victims.
Helicopters are now busy evacutating mountainclimbers from the Mount Everest region but there are few helicopers in Nepal.
We wait till we could give help.
Your support will be used for e.g.:
1. Helping the 55 children of DRC
2. Repairing the DRC building
3. Relief Aid in Keraunja once it is accessible
4. To build up the Keraunja Healthpost and possibly the one in Gumda
Are you a doctor and are you available for
assistance in Nepal? Please send us an e-mail or call us.
All volunteers pay for their own flight but
get free subsistence in Nepal.
The entire gift, 100%, will be used for the projects, see the year
report on our website.
We thank everybody for their support and
On behalf of the Sponsortrek board members,
(+31) 0299 690460
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