Hearts around the world are broken for the people of Nepal. So many of you have followed blog posts, watched news reports, and shared stories of hope and loss. We all feel helpless in the face of such devastation.
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Relief organizations have been arriving and getting set up. It is not a quick and easy process. Nepal is a difficult country to navigate–politically and geographically. It takes perseverance and connections to get needed approvals, supplies, and transportation so aid work can begin.
Beautiful Gate Foundation has been facilitating those connections for four different organizations. We have been working closely with Samaritan’s Purse, Heart to Heart International, Acts of Mercy, and a group of physicians from Michigan. We have also formed our own relief committee, to serve basic needs of food, water, shelter and medicine. We are targeting known, unmet needs both inside and outside the Kathmandu Valley.
Right now, a team is headed towards Kalikatar, a small village in the Makwanpur district. Because of our local connections, we were able to assess damage by calling residents instead of sending in a helicopter. No aid has reached this area, and our contacts tell us many houses are destroyed. Three 4-wheel-drive vehicles left at 5 a.m. with six doctors, medical supplies, 150 tents (plastic sheeting), and enough rice, lentils, salt, water purification tablets and hygiene packets for 300 people. We expect the journey to take around 7 hours, including a stop in a nearby town to pick up reserved supplies. The plan is to spend two days serving Kalikatar, and then use local resources to pinpoint other nearby areas to serve on the way back to Kathmandu.
One of the challenges of Nepal is that people in rural areas are spread out. There may be a cluster of houses in a village, but the next cluster of homes is a 30 minute hike through the hills. This allows people greater access to farming land, but it’s makes relief work incredibly difficult. A local FM radio station is already announcing our location, so people in surrounding villages can start walking to the clinic area. We are thankful Acts of Mercy is partnering with us for this trip with medical doctors and supplies.
Because Beautiful Gate is a Nepali-led organization, we can navigate the government approval process and other requirements much more easily than foreigners. We also have friends and acquaintances in villages all over Nepal, which can help assess damage an receive calls for help. We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from around the world and desperately need the food, medicine, and experienced relief workers they bring. We are privileged to serve these teams and hope our help makes it possible for more people in more places to get the help they need.
The relief supplies for this 4 day trip cost $3500, and transportation and food for our 9-member team is another $2000. Beautiful Gate team has also collected the same supplies for people in need in our neighborhood in Lalitpur, Kathmandu. They will be distributed today at our building.
Please consider making a financial gift towards this effort. You can find us on the web at beautifulgatefoundation.org.Thank you!