20 Jun / Still Working for Nepal!!
With so much foreign aid coming into various villages throughout Nepal, one of the greatest risk is children being kidnapped during this time. We have heard many rumours of traffickers coming in posing as aid workers taking women and children away to slavery. The Nepali government is working hard to put a stop to this and is monitoring relief work as well as the relocation of families and children closely. One of the many proactive things we’ve been working on with various organizations is providing temporary learning shelters. If these children have a safe place to be during the day while their parents are busy working and rebuilding their homes, it greatly reduces the risk of danger.
In the last week team members Cody, Scott and Tiffany have been trekking with a supply train in the Manaslu region. This photo is taken in Dharapani before they headed up to a smaller village, Bimthang, to distribute rice. After that, they were on their way up through the Larke La Pass when they were turned around due to impassable trails. Landslides have destroyed trails to many of these mountainous regions creating a serious problem in how we can get supplies to these remote villages.
Not only are there massive landslides that have cut off all ground transportation, but many of these high elevation passes are still under snow. In order to bring the supply trains through to the remote villages that are running out of resources, these passes have to be cleared enough for the donkeys to safely travel through. Many trails not only have to be cleared but completely reconstructed – a task that could take months to complete. Nepal still needs help. There are still people who have not received the aid they need and we are running out of time with the monsoon season upon us.
Landslides block many major routes to the mountain villages. In these remote areas it is not possible to bring heavy machinery in so locals have to clear trails by hand. The amount of work it will take to clear these areas is monumental, yet imperative in order to get the supply trains through to villages that have received little to no aid. The monsoon season only means more landslides, so the state of urgency is high.
Our team met this porter on their way up to the Manaslu region last week. He was on his way up from the town of Besishahar to sell eggs to the remote villages. His trek would last over a week but he hoped to be able to make the equivalent of 90 USD profit. He sold each egg for 25 rupees and had about 7 crates with him. Again we were reminded of the resilience of these people. Many of these remote villages have received little to no aid. Due to the earthquakes, they lost much of their food supplies and many have not been able to get through the rough terrain due to landslides to get more food. With monsoon upon us, there will no doubt be more landslides secluding them even more from the resources they desperately need.
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