Despite scientists’ warnings that earthquakes might continue for several months, we were still shocked by the magnitude (7.3) of the latest earthquake on May 12th. This recent disaster broke not only homes and historical treasures, but also the hearts of the Nepali people. Behind the fear in their faces, there was the unmistakable presence of sadness. Global Karuna responded by establishing a camp to shelter those afraid to return to their homes. We hope that the near 300 people who came to us for help were able to find some sense of safety under the tent canopy we created in the open air.
Throughout the week, The Venerable Metteyya has been in negotiations to arrange the transport of supplies by helicopter. The limited availability and high cost of choppers has made it difficult to secure this method of distribution. However, we have had the good fortune to make arrangements for the following week, to reach some of the most remote areas of northern Nepal, near the Tibetan border.