Prior to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, an estimated 16,000 children were living in orphanages and children's homes in the tiny South Asian country, one of the world's poorest.
Now, with the quakes disrupting the wheat harvest and maize planting season, and with assets, infrastructure and markets destroyed, the challenge ahead is to provide immediate relief while staying the course for long-term improvements.
Yesterday I heard that Langtang Village in the Himalays, which I had visited in 1971 on a solo trek in the mountains, had been destroyed by the recent earthquake. I wish the people of Langtang peace and comfort in this tragic moment.
Later this month, locals will have to make a choice. Whether to see the latest earthquake disaster movie, San Andreas, or to see an early and possibly first ever feature film about the 1906 earthquake and fire, When the Earth Trembled, from 1913.
The following is from Reuben Rai, pastor of Mission Nepal (missionnepal.org), Christian Mission Projects in Nepal: The images are of Sindhupalchowk, ...
With thousands of our people in remote villages running out of time while relief supplies and volunteers wait to be deployed, our government insists o...
Back on rubble mound, 16-year-old Mako Gali is smiling. Her smile, despite the loss of her entire family, is almost too much too take and she has to comfort a reporter 25 years her senior.
Let's hope this this wonderful Himalayan country with its unique cultures and courageous people can survive and flourish in the future.
Despite the challenges, Nepal has huge amounts of social capital, diaspora engagement, international goodwill and access to regional resources. It is time for all of us to capitalize on these and make sure the earthquake response is timely, fair and accountable. This is the very least the people of Nepal deserve.
I met a great lady last week. The Grandest of Grande Dames. Her name is Dorothy Cramer, "Cramer with a C," if you please. Dorothy is the docent at the New Madrid Historical Museum, but to me she is much more than that.
What is needed is a global master plan for dealing with emergencies created by natural disasters, because they happen often and all over the globe. Independent organizations and governments should all have to organize and stage their efforts through one agency.
According to a hospital director in Nepal: "At the moment of the first tremor, we were performing caesarean sections. We brought the patients outside and successfully completed the surgeries. These doctors and nurses never left the patients."
We, in Nepal today, are injured people. We have lost much. But not all. And to heal, we must get in touch with that portion of our lives that is not yet broken. In this, we have much to learn from the Haiti earthquake, where the largest aftershock came eight days after the main earthquake.
Social media is abuzz too -- people posting prayers and calling for donations to one charity or another, or sharing human interest stories.
The devastating earthquake that ravaged Nepal on Saturday has conjured up a ...
Even though there are no hard hats or military gear, the atmosphere at the headquarters at Direct Relief is a serious, focused, active, caring, and compassionate place, as I sit with several personnel at their headquarters today in Goleta, CA.