Since the latest major earthquake that struck Nepal on May 12th, monks of Ka-NyingShedrub Ling monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal have been highly active in providing aid and support to those in need throughout Nepal, thanks to the support of Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen and its generous donors. Here are some stories to keep you up to date with our activities as of late.
During the most recent major earthquake on May 12th, monks from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery were visiting Rasuwa in the Nepalese Himalayas. The monks were on the road when the earthquake hit, and it caused a landslide which blocked the road. Locals were eventually able to clear the road out and the monks finally made it to Rasuwa. The monks have reported that the situation is quite poor there, with roughly ninety percent of the houses completely destroyed and that many people had died, though the exact number is uncertain. The monks went up with five trucks full of supplies including three hundred tarps for shelter, two trucks full of rice, salt, biscuits, crispy rice, blankets, sugar, dal, insect repellent, and cooking oil.
On May 19th, monks went to Jawalakel, the largest Tibetan refugee settlement in Kathmandu. Jawalakel is home to many impoverished Tibetan refugees, especially those who work at the local carpet factory and the elderly people who are there. The monks had heard that there was significant damage to their homes and that around two-hundred families are in need there, so they brought one-hundred tarps, one-hundred tents, large bags of rice, a full tank of water, and also disinfecting powder to help prevent the spread of dangerous diseases.
On that very same day, monks from Ka-NyingShedrub Ling monastery went to Swayambunath, Kathmandu to provide tarps for those who were without their own tents. Twenty tarps were given to twenty families in need. The monks reported that thankfully there are no problems with food or water there, but everyone is staying outside and so shelter is important for them.
There are no shortage of people here who are in need of aid and support, and presently Shenpen is waiting to hear from a group that has traveled to the heavily devastated region of SoluKhumbu in northern Nepal. Scouts are being sent to other areas to determine where aid is most needed and what kinds of supplies and services are required. None of this would be possible without the generous aid and support of our kind donors. Please continue to follow and support as we try to keep you up to date with all of the latest information on Shenpen’s relief efforts.