Earthquake Relief for our Orphans
We have sown into the people of Nepal for over 10 years. We helped establish churches, pastors, and leaders, and have seen thousands enter and be established in the kingdom through these efforts. Right now, they all need our help.
Update: May 2, 2015 - Although both orphanages’ buildings are standing, we cannot occupy them yet. In both buildings, the third floors are cracked. The engineer will come tomorrow and he will tell me what needs to be done so we can re-occupy the buildings. Yesterday, I spent the night sleeping on the ground with the kids.
Getting clean water is still a problem. We will not be able to use our normal water tank for a while.
We started doing relief work in the neighborhood of our orphanages and the downtown church. Today we distributed rice, oil, salt, noodles, biscuits and lentils. Both orphanages’ have enough food for a month now.
The death toll is rising and is now over 6200 dead in all Nepal. The city is empty. Kathmandu has become ghost town. They expect the death toll to go up to 10,000 – with over 13,000 injured.
I stopped by one place and there were over 40 dead bodies that they recovered. I met a father there - his 4 year old child is still missing.
Update: May 1, 2015 - I just came from the airport to the downtown church. It is evening now and I will take some pictures tomorrow. The building looks safe. On my way from the airport the building next to the road looked empty and deserted. I am told 400,000 people have left the city. Normally the city is crowded but it was not so.
About one kilometer from the down town church I saw a team from Poland working - and people were still trying to find lost ones. The dead bodies smell bad and I just had to leave the area. I saw police there, and people were wearing masks. I heard that people are still trapped. I saw another country team working.
People still do not have food and water. I am looking for place where we can buy food. This evening I will talk with our leaders.
Update: Monday, April 27, 2015 - After trying to call for hours, finally got to talk a few minutes, but phone lines are very poor. Schools are closed for one week. Phone lines were cut off and it is still difficult to get connected. This was longest conversion in last few days, almost 15 minutes. Now they have started looking at what damage the earthquake has done. People are afraid to go inside and close to the houses. The first orphanage has sunk but I do not really know how much it has sunk and it has some cracks in it. They say it is not too deep, but I will have to have an engineer come and see if we can use it or demolish it. The second orphanage (that we are renting) has to be rebuilt. The third floor is totally cracked and ruined. As I am told doors and windows are damaged too. Our children and most of the other people have been spending the night outside since Saturday and will be outside today too in both children homes. As far as we know, the buildings are not safe and the ground is still shaking. They are pulling water from our well and are getting water from neighborhood and there is rice enough for one week. After earth quake roads were damaged and now rescue effort is on its way from many countries. It might take a few weeks, or months and even years to normalize the situation. Roads are partially opened.
Earthquakes are common in Nepal but this 7.8 was quite high. I have experienced a lot of them but not on this scale. Now I am receiving more accurate information and will continue to update to you all.
Personally, it has been heavy for Anne Lise and me. Our normal days schedule has been interrupted and we are doing our best to handle this situation with wisdom. There are lots of our people who have lost their homes and we will need to help them. We have not heard much from our churches across the nation. We do not know who is alive or not and we are still trying to reach them.
According to new's stations there are 4000 dead, 7000 injured. These numbers will go higher. There are no reports from various parts of Nepal yet. BBC and CNN are doing great with bringing lots of information. We are so thankful to you all our family and friends for prayers, contributions. It really touches our heart. Thank you so much!
Anne Lise & Sudip Khadka
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal Saturday morning killing at least 1102 people. The death toll is rising. It is the worst earthquake to hit Nepal since 1934 when 8,500 were killed.
One of our leaders was outside of Nepal when it happened and has been the only one to make contact with the orphanages. "There is lot of damage at children's homes and kids are out on the ground. One of my sisters is still missing. Building has sunk. Roads and property have cracked! Walls have collapsed! The power, internet and phone lines are down. I am asking Lord for wisdom and trying to see how to handle this situation."
Kathmandu has a population of 1 million people. We are concerned about the overnight temperatures and that the people will need to survive without electricity, running water and shelter. The people are crying – wailing. The city is devastated. We are raising funds to repair the damage and to get the children food, clothing, water and shelter. Please join our efforts financially and in prayer helping Kathmandu.
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