Nepal: Needed Shelter from the Coming Monsoons
May 24, 2015
Rainy season begins in June and hundreds of thousands are still without shelter after the April/May earthquakes and aftershocks. Scientology Volunteer Ministers teams are building tents and temporary housing to help provide protection from the elements. It is a typical example of the ruthlessness of this month of earthquakes and aftershocks—villagers in the Kavrepalanchowk district are living in the open, afraid to go back into the buildings that used to be their village—and rightly so.
The earthquakes and aftershocks have seriously damaged or destroyed an enormous number of buildings. And while coping over the past four weeks has been hard but not impossible—April through early June being the season when the weather is dry and warm—the situation is fast approaching a crisis. Rainy season means monsoons, and this typically begins very soon and lasts until September.
In addition to their needing shelter, in the weeks since the original temblor struck, many villages, remote from Kathmandu, have not had the benefit of medical care. So the team of Volunteer Ministers who left for the region this week were equipped not only to build tents and temporary housing, they also included a team of medical doctors from India and Pakistan and paramedics from Colombia, brought to Nepal by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response to help fill the gap in an overtaxed and undermanned medical infrastructure.
When the medical tent was set up, one of the villager arrived in tears, still traumatized by the loss of her husband in the earthquake. A series of Scientology assists helped her so much, she asked to be trained to deliver assists herself so she could help other members of her village.
It is hard work, but tremendously rewarding and very much needed. Anyone wishing to contribute to the disaster relief should contact the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Coordinator at DisasterResponse@VolunteerMinisters.org
Whether serving in their communities or on the other side of the world, the motto of the Scientology Volunteer Minister is “Something can be done about it.” The program, created in the mid 1970s by L. Ron Hubbard and sponsored by the Church of Scientology International as a religious social service, constitutes one of the world’s largest and most visible international independent relief forces.
The Volunteer Minister “helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.”
A global network of Volunteer Ministers mobilizes in times of manmade and natural disasters, answering the call wherever needed. Collaborating with some 1,000 organizations and agencies, they have utilized their skill and experience in providing physical support and spiritual aid at hundreds of disaster sites.