Earthquake Relief: Phase One

On the 25th April 2015, Nepal shook under the force of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Just days after, a second quake at 7.3 on the Richter scale followed. With 400,000 buildings damaged, the devastation was widespread, but it was the rural areas where the destruction was worst. It’s also these communities that are hardest to reach to distribute aid and help them rebuild their lives. But thanks to the dedication and hard work of our leaders and staff in Nepal, that’s exactly what we’ve been trying to do. It is because of them that their remote villages now have basic shelter, food and medical supplies. Many villagers were staring down the next three months of monsoon weather with little shelter or food. Now at least they have a basic shelter and some provisions to help them through. This is phase one of Exodus' three phase plan to help this beautiful country to get back on its feet. Thulopatel Village This is the village of Thulopatel, where some of our leaders, assistant guides and porters come from. Sukman and Chandra Khand have been to Thulopatel distributing much needed tarpaulins and other aid and helping shift some of the rubble.

Chandra Khand clearing rubble

 

Distributing tarpaulins

 

Practical measures

 

Dimil Village Some of these villages are so remote that the only way to get there is on foot. Thanks to Kaji, one of our popular climbing sherpas, these tarpaulins made it to Dimil village, so cut off from the main aid distribution centres that if it weren’t for these volunteers, they wouldn’t have received any aid.

People carrying tarpaulins

 

Kaji handing out tarpaulin

 

Gorekhani Village Below is Lakpa Gelu, another of our leaders from Gorekhani, a small village in the Solu region of Everest which was badly affected in the second earthquake on the 12th May. Lakpa Gelu took tarpaulin to the village for people in his village that have lost homes.

Lakpa Gelu from Gorakhani

 

Okhaldiunga District Our operator in Nepal, Karma Lama, donated his old tents and equipment to the relief effort. Some were taken by leaders Ghele and Jangbu to Okhaldiunga district, together with food, pots, pans, pressure cookers and blankets, for families who had lost everything.

Old tents now back in service

 

At the time of writing, Exodus has received an utterly humbling £230,000 of donations to help Nepal. Read the full story on our Nepal News Page.