This is one of the worst natural disasters in my lifetime. A major 7.8 Richter scale earthquake followed by more than 100 aftershocks and one earthquake measuring 6.9 Richter scale some time ago. The scale of human casualty will be more than 5,000.
But, there will be thousands left homeless in many parts of Nepal where life is much more difficult. For these families, to tune up to normalcy will take them a very long time. The most affected areas has been the areas where Tilganga is most active and we understand the locality very well.
There are very hearty and generous messages from friends all over the world, who want to be helpful. I think it will be good for Tilganga to spearhead an effective platform to help the country and its beautiful people with the support from all our friends around the world.
Presently, everything is going at a warpath and the country is in state of emergency and all efforts have been put to save and retrieve people from the wreckages hoping they will live and be given medical treatment. The state seems to be coordinating all the acute relief quite well in spite of all the constraints. The second phase will be to give a longer treatment to some of the casualties and give immediate relief to the ones without shelter. It is really a tragic part that we have been left with total or semi damaged cultural heritages mostly in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The restoration of these will be a long haul for the state. The longer term relief would be to rehabilitate the homeless, mentally struck inhabitants of some remote areas.
I would appeal to all our friends around the world who have loved our work and loved this country and its people. We are quite happy to build a strong, effective platform to coordinate this in a small way. Again, many thanks from the heart for the compassion you have shown in such an unforeseen moment.
Brian Doolan from The Fred Hollows Foundation and Geoffery Tabin from the Himalayan Cataract Project have already committed generously.
Hope this is the end and no further damage takes place.
Please Send Donation to:
Nepal Eye Program
Account No: 0101010006268
Global IME Bank Limited
Swift Code: "GLBBNPKA"
Thank you once again.
Please also visit our facebook page:Tilganga Earthquake Support Relief Fund
News about increasing casualty to more than 5,500 and thousands more homeless is making us sad. However, Tilganga team is strongly committed to be there, where there is the most need. Dr. Reeta Gurung and the team is in Dhading district distributing emergency relief materials, food, medical supplies enough for 1500 families. Dr. Rohit Saiju and Elli has left for Nuwakot with more relief materials for another 1500 families.On the demand of our team in Melamchi led by Dr. Suman Thapa we are sending additional reinforcements of 50 sacks of rice, lentil and salt with solar lamps.Tomorrow, more supplies will go to very remote areas in helicopter.
A business meeting with the chairman, myself and the team from Tilganga reviewed our activities and planned the activities for the next few days. Discussions took place on transportation, procurement and supplies. We were able to give fairly clear guidelines to all our staff for our relief operations. Our existing ophthalmic network and credibility in these affected areas has been a great asset.
All the staff members of Tilganga dedicated part of their salary for this cause.
We at Tilganga and the Nepalese people are moved by your generosity, faith and love for the work we are doing and hopefully we will be an effective helping hand for thousands of people going through the worst disasters of their life.