CALL FOR NEPAL
You have probably all heard of the very serious earthquakes that have struck Nepal in the last months.
The catastrophe has claimed many victims and has caused extensive
material damage, the tremors being felt as far away as India and Tibet.
It is a relief to report that, among our friends and aquaintances, no
one has been killed or seriously wounded. Immediate emergency aid was
provided, as well as circumstances allowed, by the Nepalese authorities
and the various NGOs who were able to intervene directly on the ground.
Now that the first critical stage is over, however, the enormous task
of repair and restauration remains ahead of us. This is rendered all
the more difficult by the insufficiency of technical and financial
resources—to say nothing of the geographical and climatic conditions,
especially now that the monsoon season is approaching. Nepal is a poor
country with a GDP ranking 109th on the world scale. Life for its
inhabitants is never easy even in normal circumstances, but in the wake
of the recent disaster, conditions are catastrophic.
Working with different foundations and charitable organizations, Pema
Wangyal Rinpoche has, over the last thirty-five years, supported the
development and upkeep of numerous communities throughout Nepal.
Many of these institutions, whether monastic or lay, have been very
hard hit by the earthquake. A complete account of all the damage would
make for a very long report, but just to give you an idea, we need only
mention the monastery of Thubten Chöling founded by Kyabje Trulshik
Rinpoche in the region of Solukhumbu in the east of the country. The
temple and communal buildings have been damaged and two thirds of all
the houses of the monks and nuns have been destroyed. An emergency
shelter in wood, plastic and corrugated iron has been hastily built to
serve as dormitories and a kitchen. The approaching monsoon and the
winter months that follow will be extremely difficult for the community
(the monastery is at an altitude of over 9000 feet).
Another example is that of the school buildings at Maratika in the
centre of the country. Before the earthquake, this complex, which had
grown from nothing over the last fifteen years, was providing for
almost 800 school children at both primary and secondary school levels.
Here too the damage has been very extensive. The classrooms will have
to be rebuilt, while the local community, which is very poor, is also
in desperate need of help.
Again there is Sitapaila, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche’s new monastery in
Kathmandu. Here the damage is less, but important restauration work is
still needed. The monastery in Darjeeling has also been damaged.
All these communities are in grave need of help to rebuild their lives.
And all of them are turning to Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, who has helped
them so often in the past.
Many of you have made enquiries about how to support Rinpoche’s work
and contribute to the funds needed for the work of reconstruction.
Rinpoche would now like to act quickly via the Kangyur Rinpoche
Foundation*, which should be able to provide effective help by means of
the structures already created in the past to support the institutions
in question and which are now in such critical need.
A special account “Secours – séisme” has been created at the Banque Populaire Aquitaine Centre Atlantique.
Any assistance that you are able to provide will be deeply appreciated.
* Founded in the 1970’s under the
inspiration and guidance of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche (1887-1975), the
Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation is a UK Registered Charity. One of its main
activities is the creation and maintenance of infrastructures to foster
economic, educational and cultural development in Himalayan communities
and Tibetan refugee communities in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim,
and, since the 1980’s Tibetan communities living in Tibet itself. The
KRF has an agency in France which will share in the management of the
work of reconstruction via the new “Secours-Séisme” account.
Please note: Since the Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation is registered in the
UK, it is not covered by article 200 of French Taxation Law. This means
that, even though the funds are kept in an account in France, donations
are unfortunately not tax-deductable for French tax-payers.