Remember, it was ten months ago and it happened more than 7000 kilometers away from central Europe: on April 25, a powerful earthquake and its deadly aftershocks ravaged the area of Kathmandu in Nepal. More than 9000 people have died so far and 14000 were injured by the earthquake of a magnitude of 7.8 that hit this Himalayan country. Thousands of survivors endure freezing days in flimsy temporary shelters. Nearly 500 000 homes were destroyed and reconstruction is delayed.
Since 24 September 2015 this Himalayan country already suffering the double punishment of the earthquake and the sudden stop of its tourism business, had to face a blockade of its supplies from India which hindered reconstruction further more.
The territory has faced five months of unprecedented shortage of fuel, gas, commodities and medicines. In town, most Nepalese didn’t have gas anymore and they were forced to cook with wood in the streets. Transportation as well as the entire economy was dramatically slowed down.
Earlier this February, the blockade was officially lifted. Demonstrations have claimed nearly 50 lives since last summer.
Since February 5 trucks began to move but the oil issue seems for the time not yet fully resolved.
Although we are no longer regularly confronted with news from Nepal, this small, welcoming and friendly country is still under the influence of adverse consequences of the disaster that struck it 10 months ago.
I am still in regular contact with my friends in Kathmandu, who are tirelessly working to rebuild their country and I know that there is still a huge need for help. Like every year, I will also go to Nepal this year to help the most vulnerable of all, the children. With your help I hope to be able to give new hope for a better future to many children, and help them move forward in their studies to see growing up a generation that will be able to take in their hands the fate of this beautiful country and its population.
However, there is only one month left to receive donations that I will invest in equipment and school clothes. These can be given to me personally or transferred by donating at betterplace.org.
I hope for your generosity this year and I will, as every year, keep you informed of the exact progress of the project as well as investments I made through your donations. This time a good friend will accompany me to help me realize this project.
Thank you very much for your help and I remain at your disposal for any further questions.