Tibet Foundation

Nepal update

Apr 28, 2015

Update on the Nepal Earthquake

I am writing to update you on the situation in Nepal and what we at Tibet Foundation are planning to do. 
Tibet Foundation has been supporting several educational projects in Nepal; a school in remote Walung Gunsa (in the far east of the country, around 450km from the epicentre), and sponsoring children in several schools in Kathmandu. We are hopeful that damage to these will not have been too serious. 
These projects are run through a local NGO, Snow Lion Foundation. As of Tuesday, we are still trying to contact Snow Lion. Communications remain very disrupted by the earthquake, and the subsequent high demand for remaining telephone and internet capacity have meant we have not yet managed to make direct contact. 
The earthquake has caused considerable damage to buildings in both urban and rural Nepal. Entire hillsides have moved in the tremors, collapsing houses and blocking roads. 
Tibet Foundation is not in a position to provide immediate relief in Nepal. Governments and large International NGOs have the experience and equipment to address the hugely challenging and immediate food, water, shelter and health needs of the Nepalese people, and making good the widespread damage to Nepal’s critical infrastructure. If you would like to make a donation toward this vital effort we suggest the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Appeal. 
In the immediate weeks, Tibet Foundation is intending to provide direct financial support to the Tibetan communities in Nepal, as soon as local organisations on the ground are able to make practical use of these funds. We are thus running an appeal to our donors for funds that can be used to purchase relief materials as soon as our partners are able to do so. 

Donate to Kathmandu Valley Earthquake Appeal

In the longer-term, we envisage working with the affected Tibetan Communities in camps such as Tashi Ling, Paljor Ling, Tashi Palkyil and Champa Ling to help them rebuild their shattered lives and communities. 
The people of Nepal have been generous hosts to the Tibetans who have settled among them. The devastation wrought among the inhabitants Pokhara and Kathmandu - Nepal’s heartlands - will weigh heavily on this small country for years to come.