Shelter for Muglin Posted June 16, 2015 by Joseph Faria

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Yesterday, on June 15th, monks from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling worked with members of ULLENS school to deliver supplies to villages in Muglin in the area of Chitwan, Nepal. Shenpen donated 180 tin sheets for temporary shelters and provided transportation for other goods supplied by ULLENS school, including pipes, rods, and wires for building shelters and large bags of rice.

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Located in southern Nepal, Chitwan is an area that is known for being much hotter and muggier than other parts of Nepal, and this is especially true during monsoon soon. The first area that the group arrived in is known as Fedi Chautara Sittaltol, where supplies were donated for eleven homes that had been badly damaged by recent earthquakes.

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The second area is known as Sotaa, and to get there the group had to travel up winding, rocky roads that were quite narrow with steep drop-offs. It was no easy task, especially since one truck popped a tire and another got stuck on its way up. There is a school is located near this village, and their students have been lacking proper shelter—without temporary housing, there would be no way for the students to continue their education.

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Upon arrival, the group was greeted by several villagers who came to help carry supplies up the only narrow path to their village by foot. One elder from the village made sure he went to personally greet each of his guests and shake their hands to express his gratitude. Once the group made it to the top, they began the process of building a sample shelter along with some villagers to demonstrate the design to them and show them how to build it. It took approximately an hour-and-a-half to complete the shelter, and the whole team was impressed by how convenient and simple the design was to implement. The design is also meant to resist both earthquakes and monsoons, and even after it wears out its use as a temporary shelter, villagers can use it for livestock or for storage if they wish.

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Just before leaving, one of the village elders insisted on taking a photo with one of the monks, Achung, whom he felt a close bond with—the two had shared jokes and laughter with each other all day. When the photo was shot, he saluted—presumably out of respect and veneration. He requested that the photo be sent to him, and the cameraman has promised to do so.

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