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Damak

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IMG_5958I remember sitting on the floor in that home thinking how little I know of sacrifice. Jiwan got up to share the gospel, and I half-listened to words I couldn’t understand while I looked around at the people.  Some were hearing about the gift of salvation for the first time. Some were believers, thankful for the chance to hear the message again, praying for the lost ones sitting beside them.

The home we were in belonged to two believers from Damak, Nepal.  After they had both come to know the Lord, they decided sharing the gospel was worth more than her gold, so they sold it all. We were sitting against the green walls of an open porch they’d built with the money–built so they’d have a place to call others to come and hear.

I was sweating pretty badly that day. They say we girls glisten? Not true. At least not in…

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One Year Later ….. Your Impact

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One year ago today, the 1st of two major earthquakes struck Nepal with devastating effects.  Very soon after and with the help and support of Chantal Goffoz, Handicap International, Drs Peter Wing and Claire Weeks (SpiNepal) and myself to set up “From Vancouver to Kathmandu” fundraising program.  Through your generous donations, CAD$35,000 was raised and directed to the needs of SIRC.

Now I know there has been lots in the media on this 1st anniversary where most of the US$4 billion in humanitarian aid has not yet been distributed to the Nepalese one year later.  It’s all true … but the beauty of donating via people like Peter, Claire and I, is that we make sure your donations are directed to where it is most needed.  And that no time is wasted in putting your dollars to immediate work, benefiting (in this case), the families and…

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After the earthquake

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A year is a long time, and in Nepal, the length of the year since theApril 25, 2015, earthquake is relative: it depends who you ask.

For the government, it’s been quite a short year: it hasn’t been able to accomplish much of the reconstruction work.

But for the earthquake survivors, it’s been one of the longest years. The quake swallowed their houses, shattered their livelihoods, and a year later, they’re still struggling to pick up the pieces.

It’s been 366 days since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake shattered parts of Nepal, including the capital Kathmandu. It was 11:56 a.m. when the ground shook – it was first a thud and then a thunderous roar that echoed from beneath.

It was violent and lasted almost a minute. It was so violent that I couldn’t reach for the door. My heart pounded, legs trembled, and my thoughts froze. And when it…

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Travel to Nepal Now

The Year I Touched My Toes

Last year we booked our flight to Kathmandu two weeks before the first earthquake.

We changed our minds several times over the months following the quake and at the last moment thought about cancelling the trip. But not going didn’t feel right. So we left Melbourne with me being quite nervous and the Trainer being, optimistic, of course.

As soon as we left Melbourne I felt less anxious. What were we expecting? I should probably say what was I expecting because the Trainer and I rarely expect the same thing. I was expecting to see Kathmandu really devastated when flying into it. And it wasn’t.

Damaged Durbar Square

Although we didn’t visit Durbar Square until after our trek people were walking around the area but hardly any tourists. The Square was badly affected and I’m sure it will be a while before it is restored.The photos below show some of…

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Reporting amidst shakes and shocks

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A day to remember!

Ashok Dahal

IMG_4567 This writer visits to quake ravaged Tatopani border with China just a week after April 25 Gorkha Earthquake.

Whenever I read news about mega disasters, I used to think how journalists are able to work amidst chaos and trauma.

But the April-25 earthquake in Nepal taught me a lot, and I too was reporting under extreme chaos and crisis.

It was rather a dull Saturday morning when the ground started shaking. The whole floor of Republica was closed, as it was day off for the entire team because we do not come out on Sunday.

I was at a picnic, just outside of Kathmandu. I was lucky to be alive.

Mobile network was temporarily dead. News of the collapse of Dharahara went viral immediately after the quake.

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