Nepal Earthquake

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The distance from Kathmandu to Darjeeling is less than 200 miles as the crow flies which is no distance at all in terms of the impacts of a major earthquake such as has happened in Nepal. The Trust has many friends in Darjeeling as well as supporting many children, young people and their families. It has therefore been an anxious time both for those who live in the town and for us here in the UK.

Mrs. Hamal, the principal of Camellia School has written to say –

The earthquake in Nepal and the surrounding Himalayan region has really shaken us up. It is tragic and devastating. Our friends and family members are fine, thank you. The weather is also not very friendly. It has turned cold and we are getting irregular rain showers . This is supposed to be the best time of the year in Darjeeling. Nepal is in a terrible state. Prayers and relief funds and other items are needed. Will keep you posted about everything here.

Major Wangdi, our trustee on the ground who lives permanently in the town has told me that thankfully everyone we know is safe but people remain very anxious and afraid. The main quake was felt strongly in the town and there have been many aftershocks, including a major one yesterday in the early evening, whose epicentre was centred on a small town called Mirik, halfway between Darjeeling and the plains. Schools were initially closed for two days, and because some of the families of children who live at the orphanage were concerned for their well being and safety, Pema Bhante was requested to send these children back to their homes. People remain fearful of the future and future tremors. Many are sleeping outside in the open air market area and in Chowrasta, the town’s main square, which must be miserable, cold and wet, for as Mrs. Hamal has reported the rains have started a good month earlier than usual this year. This weather is also affecting the people of Kathmandu. We also think that at least two young people who were formerly sponsored through the Trust were taken some time ago to Nepal where their families came from originally, so unfortunately we may never know if they are safe and well.

Whilst DCT is precluded by its constitution from raising funds for disaster relief there are many reputable agencies which are doing so and who are geared up to do this work. There is a huge affinity between the people who live in Darjeeling and the people of Nepal and our thoughts and concerns are with them all.

Warmest best wishes,
Marilyn Adams

Darjeeling Children’s Trust

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