Nepal Earthquake Relief: Sankhu

Today was another emotional roller coaster here in Nepal. The scenes of devastation we saw seemed straight out of a WWII movie. The village of Sakhu appeared to have been bombed in an air raid; residents were sifting through the rubble trying to salvage what little is left of their possessions. But on a much higher note, we were able to bring 125 families here a week’s rations of rice and lentils. Nepal has a very long road to recovery ahead. However, for months to come our local native team will continue to serve these who have lost everything. If you have not already done so, please consider making a contribution of any size to Peace Gospel‘s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund using this link. It really will make a difference.

We started the day searching for rice and lentils in the city. We had to call dozens of shops before we located one that had stock available. Then we made our way out to the Sakhu area where we distributed rations in two locations.

Here are some shots from the first location. We used a makeshift tent some families have been sleeping in as our distribution point.

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Some of the children who were playing around while their parents waited in the queue for rations…

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Life inside the tent where these will be living for quite some time…

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As we then drove and walked across the village to get to our next distribution point, these were some of the shocking scenes we discovered…

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You can see where this resident is sleeping out on a mattress in front of their home. While the home is still standing, it will need to be torn down because it’s no longer safe to live in…

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We then reached the other side of the village where we found a much-needed calming view…

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When one of the women in the field saw me, she came up to me explaining that her house had fallen down in the quake…

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My friend Cody helping unload the mini-cab into our distribution point, this time, a local church building…

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As we waited for the families in need to gather, I had the chance to take some portraits of those who were arriving…

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These boys made their own swing set using some cord they had found in the rubble…

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Now the families had arrived and we began to distribute the rations…

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On the walk back to our truck, we assisted in whatever ways we could as the residents tried to salvage what they could out of their homes. This family was fortunate in that, although condemned as a tear-down, their home was still standing, making it easier to rescue their belongings. Cody was able to help them get some furniture out…

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I’ll leave you with more scenes of the catastrophic devastation we witnessed as we departed. This is our Nepal director Bimal surveying the aftermath…

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