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CALL FOR NEPAL

Dear Friends,


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.


Maratika

Maratika

Maratika

Maratika

Thubten Choling

Thubten Choling

Thubten Choling



Thubten Choling

Thubten Choling

Thubten Choling

Thubten Choling




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