RECENT UPDATES REGARDING THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL

This afternoon I accompanied Phakchok Rinpoche to the Newari community in Lalitpur where he has a branch monastery. His primary purpose in going was to talk to and spend time with the young monks who had been badly frighten by the earthquakes. We saw many destroyed buildings along the way. From Lalitpur we drove to two outlying lower cast villages, also badly damaged, and delivered food and shelters. Rinpoche is now planning to help rebuild the communities.

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My new best buddies in Wafel, Sindupalchok, Nepal. The building was their school. Our plan is to work with the Nepal Buddhist Federation to enable community based extended families to care for the many hundreds or perhaps thousands of children who have lost their parents. That way the children will remain cinnected to their families, communities and culture. They are the hope for the future of the indigenous Buddhist communities.

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Back in Kathmandu after a long 18 hour visit to Sindupalchok, one of the districts most devastated by the earthquakes. We distributed tents, tarps and medicine in the village of Wafel. I didn’t see a single building that could be used safely. Like so many of the indigenous villages, this one will need to be completely rebuilt. About 30 of the villagers were injured but amazingly nobody was killed. Other villages are far less fortunate. This first picture is of Dawa Dorjee, the main lama for the region,..

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Returning from the heart of the earthquake zone. A Japanese rescue truck is stuck aand blocking the road.

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Just confirmed: tomorrow I will be joining a team of monks to deliver tents to Dolakha, about 50 some miles east of Kathmandu but challenging to reach. We leave at 5am. About 300 monks from NBF member monasteries have been working non stop to deliver emergency supplies. Often they are the first help to arrive.

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One face of Nepal. I see hope and resilience

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Another night of camping for most if Kathmandu. Although many buildings are standing and casually appear to be okay, they may not be structurally sound and many people are afraid to sleep inside.

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Arrived in Nepal today. Although it appears that a huge number of people are sleeping outside, my colleague Jamyang Dorjee introduced me to a guest house in Boudha that is less than a year old and solid. No cracks. We are gambling that the roof will stay over our heads and not on top. We plunged into work immediately and we are developing an innovative and highly cost effective approach to helping the Himalayan children impacted by the earthquakes. Extended families are a key feature of the indigenous..

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