Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kathmandu floods

In September 2014 we had a lot of rain and one of the families in our branch Utpadi and Santi Garung's home was flooded very badly two different times. The branch helped them clean up and then the drains near our apartment building were plugged and the water filled up the parking garage and damaged the electricity and water to our building. We did not have power for 2 days. Then they put up substitute power. Like a big extension cord. They still have not  fixed the regular line. We ended up cleaning out our fridge and giving food away and staying the night at the Shambala Hotel. Always a new adventure in Nepal.

Utpadi showing me where the waterline was.

sweeping out the mud and water with a
straw broom. They have no handles.

Elder Valentine and other branch members cleaning up

Inside damage

Storm drains burst. Plastic bags and garbage plug up the drains.

Mike with his broom going to help

Force of water took down fences.

Flood waters next to our apartment building.

Flooded home near our apartment building.

this shows the parking garage under our apartment building.
There are two  levels. The water is almost to the top
of the bottom level.
they couldn't find the owner of this vehicle so it could be
moved so it was totally covered with flood water.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bardiya Flood Relief Project

There were several floods and landslides in Nepal in August. A lot of homes were washed away and their crops were destroyed and they were without food. We wanted to help in some way. After much planning we were able to take non food items: cooking pots, utensils, plates, cups washing buckets, mugs, sleeping mats, fabric for clothes, blankets to help 650 families. We flew to Nepalgung Sept7, 2014 and with the help of the Red Cross were able to distribute these items to families. It was a very rewarding experience and we met a lot of helpful, kind people. Because we have been given much we too must give. Another opportunity to strengthen our testimonies.

Makeshift housing

part of road washed away

crops washed away

homes destroyed

Red Cross volunteers handing out beaten rice. It does not
need to be cooked.

netting fish

Fish caught

employees at the fabric store bundling up fabric into family kits

Chris V. and Betty watching as the supplies were loaded into
trucks. The red scarves were given to us by the fabric store owner
to wipe our faces from the dripping sweat. It was hot!

missionaries and the red cross volunteers in front of the
red cross storage building in Magaradi.

Sushma(red cross volunteer) fanning Mike. It was hot! She was
such a fun person to be around.

Unloading supplies at the distribution site.

People waiting at the distribution site

pots ready to go into family bag.

Elder Valentine giving wooden toy cars to children. What we
can do to bring a smile to a child's face.

Her bag is full.

Taking their bag of goods back to their place of abode. They
are smiling.