Our Disaster Relief team is 105 strong including 68 Nepalese and 37 who have flown in from abroad, including the US, Colombia, Taiwan, Fiji, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Pakistan and India.
We visited an amazing orphanage today and passed out food and toys to 40 children who are all crammed together on two floors since sleeping on the top floors is too risky. They welcomed us with traditional Nepalese scarves, and we delivered meal packs and high fives! We ended this trip with an all orphanage Nepalese sing along...it was a very special moment and the kids could not have been happier to see us.
Within 24 hours of the deadly and destructive magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25, Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers mobilized emergency response teams in the nation’s capital of Kathmandu to assist in combing the rubble for survivors and distributing needed supplies in the ravaged Asian country.
The following is a report from one of the Volunteer Ministers in Nepal:
“Another late night here. Today was the toughest day so far as the final official day of the search and rescue mission came to a close.
This is an update from one of our volunteers in Nepal:
“Yesterday, we convinced two local boys with a massive truck to take us around to the local villages with the Canadian Search and Disaster Dog Association.”
“Most of the villages on the main road had been checked and cleared but people were living in camps of 25-50 people, tarps on the ground. They have no food, no money, and no shelter aside from the tarps.”
Three VM teams had been dispatched by UN Kathmandu HQ to outlying districts where there was hope there were still survivors. One group was attached to a Canadian K-9 corps called CASDDA (Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association). Another was the Los Topos team from Mexico. All the teams were headed to villages four hours out from Kathmandu.
After a UN meeting with all of the relief teams, we have broken up into groups to search the outlining villages—apparently, people are still stuck and sending text messages. We are heading 4 hours east of Kathmandu to a village that no one has been to yet. We've joined a canine rescue team from Canada and the Firefighters without borders from Spain. Calling this bus "full" would be an understatement. We will likely not have service for the next 24-48 hours. No knowing how long we will be in the outskirts.
We are staying in the heart of Kathmandu assisting the local Volunteer Ministers in several disaster zones. We are working alongside local law enforcement agencies in cleanup, food distribution, aerial footage, and disaster assessment.