By Kathleen Hendricks in Nepal, Special to ASSIST News Service
NEPAL (ANS – May 11, 2015) — During the dark hours of pain and sorrow in Nepal, signs, wonders and miracles are happening. A fifteen year old rescued alive from the rubble of a building after 128 hours. A woman buried when her two- story storefront and living quarters crashed upon her. She prayed, “God save me” and she was rescued after 33 hours uninjured. Several babies also rescued alive.
A most unusual miracle is happening now during the acute water shortage following the earthquake. Some of the very old inoperable water taps are now flowing. Huge gushes of water is releasing from the taps and stone spouts. Now people in that area have more than enough water for cleaning, bathing and cooking. Government recommends they purify it before drinking. These spouts and taps have opened up in five different locations. People presently living in tents in the area call it a blessing!
The total is over 8.1 million people affected by the earthquake. Nearly a week after the quake Kathmanduites are still experiencing aftershocks some as high as 4.3 on the Richter scale. Over eight thousand foreign tourists have exited the country and 400,000 people have left the Kathmandu Valley since the quake.
Specialized rescue teams from thirteen countries have flown in for rescue, relief and aid. After four days, the Nepal government had given up hope that more people would be rescued alive. Now after so many unexpected survivors the government is encouraging rescue efforts to continue in hopes of saving as many lives as possible. Presently many village people are unreachable due to roads blocked by landslides. Helicopters have dropped food supplies.
After a few weeks, people can become numb to the needs of earthquake victims. Manisha Koirala, Nepalese Bollywood actress says, “We must be prepared for long term rehab and relief work.”
For a third world country like Nepal, the challenges from the earthquake are enormous. It is good to give to organizations that have representatives in Nepal for a long time and who desire to continue to serve the Nepalese people.
Since 2006 Brand New Images representatives have been serving in Nepal, training pastors, conducting children at risk seminars and bringing hope and healing to widows and trafficking victims and their children. Monsoon rains are beginning and nights are cold and wet. People need tents, blankets, emergency food and clean water.
Their director MK Henderson has been in the Himalayan Mountains since September and says: “We have been able to get some people off the street and into a safe place. We are very concerned about the children as their lives are at stake in smaller villages with many casualties. We know families in those villages. UNICEF reports 1.7 million children are in urgent need.”
To answer the question as to how to give to a local group that can give long term aid: Here are some options:
1. You may send a check to them at Brand New Images, P.O. Box 50582 Colorado Springs, Colo. 80949, USA.
2. The easiest way for you to give is to click on the link below and paste into your browser, and go to their youcaring.com site of crisisofhimalyanmt girls. Here is the link below.
Sources: Himalayan Times and Kathmandu Post. May 1, 2015
Phto captions; 1) Nepalese buildings with people searching for bodies. 2) People sleeping in the road median. 3) Survivors making the best of their terrible conditions.
Kathleen Hendricks is a freelance writer and journalist living in SE Asia since 2006. She is also a member of the International Press Association.
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