Like all the Nepalese around the world it was impossible for us to believe that 7.8 rector scale earthquake struck our beautiful country Nepal on April 25, 2015. There are no words to describe and feel the grasp of this situation or it's impact. More than 10000 people were dead, hundred thousands were injured and 90 % of the country was out in the open field due to various after shocks for months and months.
Apart from the pain and anguish of seeing our loved ones in danger zone, we were devastated by the fact that our people and our country was assaulted by a natural disaster. And while the whole world was lending hands to help, we couldn't stay far off.
We started giving Monterey donations collected from all over US. These amazing souls help us raise good amount of money but there was always sense of shortage or "Not Being Enough". We couldn't just wire the money and have a self pity to satisfy our personal ego on responsibility. It was bigger than us, bigger than all of us. So we went back to see from our own eyes to grasp the realty of after math of the earthquake. We picked up bricks and tiles from the temples and those places with whom we grew up. We saw the total annihilation of physical properties but more that that the damage was done on each and and every individual life . It was impossible to console those who have lost everything.
There was a humongous contrast on what they showed in TV, what we heard from distance because once we were there , it felt like the SKY fell on April 25 in our tiny Himalayan nation.
After seeing, meeting and knowing the people, we realized that there is far more to do than just donations.
We made up the mind and talked with the minister of Old South Church, Nancy at Copley Square Boston, MA. She was a god send who materialized our long haul of creating sustainable income source for the earthquake victims . Coming back we brought hand made Nepalese products from the artists and people who were directly and indirectly effected by the earthquake. We sold those products in the heart of Boston in front of the church. Since, Nepal is predominantly a Hindu state we had Hindu idols , Hindu literature and Hindu arts and crafts that we are selling in the yard of church. What a impeccable example of religious tolerance, Love and acceptance !!!
With overwhelming support of church goers and people in the street we were able to REbuilt Dhotar Primary School in Sindhupalchowk Nepal which was in grounds after the earthquake and we continued to help back home expanding our small venture.
This is our story: A lot of pain , A bit of an effort , A lot of support and lots and lots of HOPE!!