Last Updated : January 23, 2017
After a second trip to Hyolmo we have confirmed that the villagers of Ghangyul and Mahapal are ready for the monsoon, having built temporary structures out of aluminum siding and wooden beams/ planks. Their food and water supply are holding strong as well, and all of the rituals for the deceased have been completed.
It is with this in mind that we will be merging our funds with the Bhirkuti Himalayan Foundation under the direction of HE Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, and participating in their supply runs to poorer, more remote areas, particularly to make sure that everyone has food and shelter for the coming rainy season. Although we had planned to allocate these funds for rebuilding, we find that in other areas of Nepal there are still more immediate needs. When the monsoon has passed we will continue working with BHF and support their rebuilding initiatives.
While in Ghangyul, Carolyn was able to compile a list of village children who will need sponsors and new schools to attend, and pass this information along to the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, which is another Buddhist organization based in Bouddhanath, Kathmandu.
We thank you for your continued support in this unpredictable time, and will continue to keep you updated with our efforts.
Yours, Carolyn and Irene
Our friend Namgyal Thongxo is from the Hyolmo region of Nepal, northeast of Kathmandu in the Sindhupalchok district. This region has been one of the most devastated regions from the recent earthquakes, and yet has recieved almost no official aid due to its remote location. Many from this region residing in Kathmandu, like Namgyal, have remained unable to locate or account for their families in the villages. At this point the official death toll is already at 1500, but as most of the area has yet to be reached by rescue teams that number will certainly climb.
As soon as possible Namgyal and some friends will drive as far as they can and then walk the rest of the way to their village with as many supplies as they can carry. We have been collecting tents, medical supplies, food and water, all of which are critical right now, and we can use all the support we can get in making sure the people of Hyolmo get the help that they need.