Lost amid the ruins
Dear friends of Nepal and the DCWC:
Even though we just sent you an update on activities of the Rajbash Hospital we feel it is important to follow it up with this note.
As everyone knows by now, the country of Nepal was struck by a powerful, 7.8 magnitude, earthquake that devastated large parts of the country and killed more than 7000 people, injuring many many more, so far. Many villages have been completely destroyed and large sections of Kathmandu and surrounding cities have suffered heavily. The village of Langtang, the destinations of one of last year's charity treks, lies in ruins. Ongoing aftershocks continued to terrorize the population most of whom huddled and slept in open spaces for days to avoid further injuries. The already weak transportation infrastructure is broken. Government bureaucracy and political considerations are delaying the distribution of aid shipments waiting at the Kathmandu airport. The only way in to many remote areas is by helicopters, and they are in short supply. We just spoke with German officials who reported trying to deliver airtransports with a sizeable number of sturdy Antonov helicopters plus supplies. Since the Kathmandu airport is to small for the transport planes to land they requested permission from China to land planes there. Permission was denied because of security concerns!
Bottom line, this is a disaster of epic proportions: entire communities have been destroyed; the nearest neighbors are buried under rubble; there is no electricity, safe drinking water is scarce and food is running out. Survivors are waiting for help that has been promised but has not come for over a week. They crouch under flimsy pieces of torn plastic for the night, wandering in a daze as their known world has ended. Soon the monsoons will be there, making relief efforts so much more difficult.
The people of Nepal need our help now! We can begin to make a difference by supporting local relief efforts by known entities.
While in the village of Rajbash many houses were damaged or destroyed, the DCWC hospital remained unscathed by the earth movement and is serving as a focal point for relief efforts in that rural area. The government has chosen to work with our hospital to secure the area and distribute needed supplies. Akka Lama, the head of the DCWC, is currently in Rajbash. We want to share with you his last two communications as well as some pictures of the situation on the ground.
Note of 4/29: I and my family are fine. there are over 4600 people have Died and over 10000 people in hospital.dead body is finding now more and more. Many House have been destroyed,several cows,buffalo have died at our village.our Small Monastery at Rajbash have been destroyed.We decided to keep open our hospital 24hour and all service and medicine are free. Our medical team is planning to make mobile Heath camp.
Guna is having meeting at District office at Dhulikheal.there is not any chance to bring injured people at city because of there is not enough bed and everywhere death body.
We need urgent support to provide immediate temporary tent,Blanket,food,medicine etc. Many Prayers, Akka Lama DCWC Community Hospital
Note of May 4: Hello All, Nepal government was happy to send us DCWC Community Hospital Area to support Earthquake victim:
Government Representative Mr.Punja Lal Shrestha, 2 Security Police (Home minister office),Mr.Kancha Ram Tamang (Former Vice Chairman of Kavre District),Journalist Mr.Ujad Raktim ,team of DCWC Nepal and 35 volunteer form many different areas (Social worker, Teacher, representative of Political party) works over 70 hour to visit every village to find out real victim. We have visited 519 Houses.
Our DCWC Community Hospital opens 24 Hour a day and treatment over 200 people every day. We decided 7 day for free treatment for Earthquake victim.
We provided for over 200 Houses:
2. Rice -Dal-Cooking Oil-Salt-batten Rice-biscuit etc
Please find some picture. We are planning to move other area to support earthquake victim. Thank you all you making possible. Best Regards. Akka Lama.
There are two ways of helping the people of Nepal through Global Giving: Please make a donation to either
- The Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund (on the first page when you go to globalgiving.org). These funds will be channeled through non-governmental organizations in Nepal known to Global Giving.
- the DCWC Hospital (globalgiving.org , then enter 14750 in the search bubble). This will go directly to the Rajbash hospital earthquake relief efforts.
This devastating event requires our intervention. Please consider making a generous donation to this effort.
Thank you in advance for your support!
This was someone's home.
Rajbash Hospital staff distributing supplies
Supplies being distributed on hospital grounds
A now homeless woman getting supplies