August 25th, 2015 – Although many of our Shenpen relief efforts are directed toward benefitting communities in remote areas, in some tragic cases the damage caused to large areas of land has forced entire communities to seek shelter within the Kathmandu valley. One such community has recently moved to Jorpati, which is a neighborhood very near to Boudhanath. This group of 150 people from Yolmo, in Sindhupalchok District, has found temporary housing within the city while they attempt to find suitable land elsewhere (hopefully near their original home, in Yolmo). Unfortunately they have very little in the way of provisions, and lack access to basic medical care, decent shelter from the elements, warm clothes for the coming winter, etc.
This week, the monks of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling brought earthquake relief rations to this Yolmo community as a first step to improving their situation. The rations included dal (lentils), onion, potato, tomato, and okra (“lady fingers”), as well as oil, salt, sugar, and various regional masalas (spice mixtures). The entire group must use a single kitchen to prepare food for all 150 people in the community, so the monks also donated a large pressure cooker (a must-have item for all Nepali cooking) to ease the strain of preparing food for such a large group. The large amounts of fresh vegetables will last for several days, and the rest is storable for the next month.
Shenpen offers a special thank you to our volunteer, Rachel (see pictures), and to all the people who helped contribute to her work with our monks. Rachel not only brought medicines, clothing, and donations to assist our earthquake relief efforts, but most of all, she brought the strong intention to care for and benefit others without regard to herself. Her kindness is a blessing to us all!