Update on Nepal
I went on BBC news, online, today. They have been very good about updates in Nepal and Tibet. Sadly, there were no new updates. It was the same listing of articles as a few days ago. Clearly, Nepal is no longer on the radar. Unless of course you are in Nepal, have family in Nepal, have friends in Nepal, or have business in Nepal.Needless to say, it’s almost all that I can think about, especially as I will be going in September. I find myself reciting OM MANI PADME HUM while sitting in traffic in New Orleans, instead of wondering why there is so much fricking traffic in New Orleans.
If you go on Facebook, or check indiegogo donation sites, you will see that everyone and their cousin is raising money for Nepal. Thank goodness. This is wonderful. Most of the sites seem very reliable.
One of the groups we would like to support does not have a site. It is the Triten Norbutse Monastery in Swayambhu, on the west side of Kathmandu. Some of our favorite Tibetan merchants are in Swayambu. I would like to deliver a sizable donation to this monastery in September. Below is a segment about the work they are doing.
We have sent funds to our friend Pema, a Nepalese woman born and raised in a remote mountain village. She has purchased rice, ponchos, tarps and tents, in preparation for the monsoon season which will begin any day. Please check out her work on our website.
If you would like to support the monastery, independent craftspeople, or Pema, you can do so at our fundraising site, Indiegogo NOLA 4 NEPAL
Insights on the Relief Efforts in Nepal
FPMT, Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition is very dedicated to the recovery in Nepal. Our Wednesday evening class, Discovering Buddhism, uses FPMT’s study program series. This site is very informative regarding many aspects of the challenge in Nepal: http://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/
United Nations for a Free Tibet (India) posted this article to their facebook page:
‘Triten Norbutse Monastery and Bonpo Foundation in
Monks during a rescue mission in Nepal
Under the guidance of Khenchen Lungtok Tenpa Youndung Rinpoche, the monks of Triten Norbutse Bonpo monastery in Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, participated in relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Nepal.The monks offered prayers for the deceased, carried rescue operations, dug out bodies from the debris of crashed buildings and provided free medical facilities to the injured.
Triten Norbutse monastery along with the Bonpo Foundation also invited medical experts from various other countries and held free western medical and Tibetan traditional medical check-ups for three days.
The aid team also visited rural areas like Sindhupalchowk, Helembuvde, Kwal etc. and provided them with basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing.
The team also agreed to provide assistance in any natural disasters in the future.’
From our friend Linda Usdin “MaitiNepal is an amazing organization that works to protect young Nepali girls who are at risk of being sex trafficked as well as to rescue those who have been taken. They run intervention centers at the borders, an orphanage, hospice (for girls returning with AIDS), schools and vocational training programs.
MaitiNepal was not seriously damaged although staff members lost family members and homes, and all of the girls as well as staff have been sleeping outside and are terribly scared. MaitiNepal has made the decision to adopt 200 girls who have been orphaned by the quake.”