The Top of the World – Nepal School REOPENED June 2.

June 8th, 2015

martha nepal pictureThe Top of the World – Nepal School REOPENED this week! As you can see, not in the severely damaged school building, but under tarps. The children are excited to be back in school. We know school distracts the children from their harsh lives with the monsoons arriving by being in classes. It assists the children to cope with the losses their village and the whole of Nepal has suffered with continued quakes, (April 25, and May 12 being the largest, 7.9 & 7.2 quakes with over 300 aftershocks so far recorded). This is historic regarding the behavior of earthquakes.
Many of you have generously donated to our work or others In Nepal. Thank you! The area we work in, Kavre, lost over 70,600 homes. Restoring ‘normal’ life challenges each village person, along with the disaster teams we have in place who deliver food, tarps/tents, mosquito netting, temp housing and medical care teams as needed for the monsoon season. We are directing other groups/clubs/military of Nepal to reach villages we haven’t been able to reach with delivering supplies. We are in touch with all 48 villages regarding their needs.
Our current aim is first temporary housing which will protect the villagers from the elements as well as to a degree, the tigers. We will re-support the school building once we have the building needs accessed, but after immediate village needs are met for the village. The monstrous sized job of rebuilding homes will follow. GREAT NEWS! We have a group agreed to build not less than 150 homes in the village of Wojethar thanks to the tenacity of Rabin who is R Star’s director in Nepal! We expect to create more alliances for ALL our 48 villages as fast as possible.
R Star is reaching out to all the community support possible with donations coming in from Australia, prestigious University of Yonsei in Korea; Friends of the UK, St. Mary’s Episcopol Church of Laguna Beach; San Juan Capistrano Christian Science Society; Enchanters of Laguna Beach; Links Players (golfers); Lake Point Church, Texas: Presbyterian Church, Laguna Beach; Boulder Unity Church in Colorado & Pomona California; Laguna Beach Rotary; Soroptomist clubs of Downey & Laguna Beach; Budincich Chiropractic, Pasadena; Neighborhood Congregational Church, Laguna Beach and many more. Along with being published in the news, recently R Star was interviewed on Laguna’s FM station, KX 93.5. To hear the show: http://kx935.com/podcast/tiob.interviewpodcasts/5.23.2015.2000
We need as much help as you are able to afford Nepal. Do what you can, which will come easily as you give thought to the living conditions being less than how we would tend to our animals let alone pets.
Thank you for caring!
Rosalind Russell, Founder/CEO
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Photo update of R Star aid reaching Nepali Villages

May 22nd, 2015

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Here you can see the destruction which is prominent in many areas East of Kathmandu and in lots of the villages where R Star has done work. These photos include our field coordinator and manager Rabin caring for a 95 year old woman who had just lost her home, as well as pictures of the destruction of our R Star Top of the World school and people rushing for supples.

EQ TOW-N damage both floors

EQ totally leveled village home

EQ TOW-N top floor extreme damage

EQ 95 year old woman lost home.. given a blanket by Rabin

EQ Salvaging where possible

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Chaos for supplies

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May 14th, 2015

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Update after second Earthquake hits Nepal

May 13th, 2015

From director of R Star Rosalind Russell

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“With the earthquake today over 7.2 , things are of course worse. There is no stability in most of Nepal, yet the needs for those in the rural areas remains HUGE. We will be in the villages gathering information as we bring supplies from temp housing to foods and other supplies within hours from now. What was already awful and bad has indeed become far worse, far more dangerous. That said, we have the stalwart leadership of Rabindra Sitaula doing all he can do with the teams of Nepali friends and family the garners to bring in help with supplies, to establish hope with the reminder to be sure and certain to help each other rather than standing about weeping and commiserating or stealing. This is catastrophic with the added quake, with continuing aftershocks. Your prayers remain requested. What affects one, affects all of us!”

Appeal for help in Nepal

May 9th, 2015

Lagunans continue their aid efforts for Nepal

Editor’s Note: These are a few words from our Laguna Beach “boots on the ground”, Rosalind Russell, of R Star Foundation, following the devastating 7.8 earthquake:

“What I am learning most days is things are getting worse for our rural villages. Other than our tending to our villagers, those not in our programs are gettin’ nutt’n! The government is turning help away; the airport is still burdened with supplies, which are barely beginning to move out. Kathmandu will be first, as they are easiest to reach… rural people won’t get help unless charities like ours get in there. HELP!”

– Rosalind Russell
Chaos for supplies

Rabindra dazed at destruction.  First distribution of food and shelter to 600 people

Real time update from Nepal R Star Foundation:

There are no charities or government authorities reaching the distant villagers we have worked with for over a decade. What we have done is not short of a miracle!

Food and shelter has been arriving to R Star’s remote villages in Nepal thanks to our own field team, led by Rabindra [aka Rabin] Sitaula. They reached two of our hardest hit villages (of our 48), with beans, rice, tea and sugar within three days following the earthquake.

So many people, so much need

Additionally, Rabin brought in temporary housing (heavy plastic sheeting) to ward off the inclement weather, which is entering the rainy season presently. The rain adds to the misery of the displaced people on such a large scale, while adding to disease possibilities. Hypothermia can result from exposure. The makeshift modest dwellings will protect them as well as their meager belongings until rebuilding can begin.

Over 600 people were greeted with swift response relief because of the mindfulness and leadership of Rabin. He is R Star’s hero! All has not been lost because we have our strong infrastructure of trust, built over the years with confidence in what R Star will do under Rabin’s guidance and direction.

[Russell has been going to Nepal since 2003. R Star is active in 48 rural villages.]

Rabin tells me how the scared villagers have hope because of the supplies arriving unbelievably fast, faster than even Kathmandu appears to be receiving.

To our knowledge, none of our villages in the largest hard hit area of Nepal has received help other than what we have provided. Airdrops are just beginning. We do not know if the drops will cover any of our furthermost villagers yet. We are hopeful, but dubious, that other relief will arrive to help our villagers.

Rabindra Sitaula surveys the destruction,

and aids first distribution of R Star’s food and shelter

What we are doing is saving lives, in this moment.

Rabin returned to more villages the next day with the secured 110 tents he negotiated under the standard price. How he located them remains beyond me! They were distributed along with foods and other needed items. Just $25.00 provides tents for two families.

My most recent talk with Rabin shared that we are up and beyond more than 1000 people provided for by R Star’s in-the-field team. His plan is to continue to the most rural of our already distant and rural areas, as quickly as supplies can be obtained, and transport them over the broken roads.

The following day, Rabin brought in a medical team he organized. More tents, foods and supplies were also distributed.

Rabin has exhausted the emergency funds we kept on hand. Wiring the recently donated funds was done Monday, to continue the relief urgently needed. This is not the time to stop the help arriving to our villagers!

We are cognizant that no help will arrive to our villagers for six or more weeks still to come; yet the villages need help as desperately as the easier-to-access cities.

Within the month we will have a structural engineer on the premises of our one school. It was damaged, though not lost – as all the homes were in Wojethar; with no loss of human life.

The teachers are eager to begin the new school year, and the classrooms will be held in tents. There is a moratorium on any school opening for the next week per the government mandate, which may be extended because the reality is that all the structures have been dangerously compromised.

Happily, the water well at the Top of the World – Nepal school, has not been contaminated. The water wells we, along with Poynton Rotary Group, installed in three villages, three years ago were tested without a bit of contamination. The sanitation, meaning the bathrooms, appear to function in nearly 90% of all our villages. These two things prevent additional epidemic diseases arriving, such as cholera. We have much to be grateful for in spite of the huge losses in homes, animals and human lives.

We need your immediate help. This is truly a catastrophic world event where more lives will be lost, should relief not reach our nearly 30,000 villagers.

Donations can be made at our website: www.RStarFoundation.org

Post checks to: R Star, PO Box 4183, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

R Star is a 100% volunteer organization, with no paid employees, and with overhead under 8%. We have been trusted to do exactly as we have said we would do for more than a decade. You know us! We ask you for emergency donations with the same dedication and passion to carry out the work masterfully – as we do!

Together we are making a difference.

R Star Foundation: “Women Helping Women & Children in Nepal…therefore the world”.

Articles in Laguna INDY and STUnews

May 9th, 2015

Read here. http://www.lagunabeachindy.com/quake-relief-trickles-into-nepals-villages/

Bearing supplies enough for 150 families to one of Nepal’s devastated remote villages, Rabindra Sitaula encountered near riots when 350 people in need arrived and tried to loot supplies Wednesday.

Sitaula serves as program manager in Nepal for the R Star Foundation, based in Laguna Beach, which for a decade has distributed donated goats to isolated villages to improve living standards.

Foundation founder Rosalind Russell said this week that not a single charity or government authority has delivered aid to any of the 48 goat-receiving villages she’s involved with, all of which were damaged by the April 25 quake.

“Ninety percent of our villagers all lost their homes,” she said, and now residents are at high risk for cholera and other diseases due to exposure as the rainy season arrives.

She said the foundation lacks the funds to buy cholera vaccine.

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Supplies of rice and daal are hand carried to a village this week by R Star’s team.
Earlier, Sitaula delivered beans, rice, tea and sugar, as well as heavy plastic sheeting for makeshift shelters to 600 people in two villages within days of the 7.9 quake, said Russell.

“Rabin tells me how the scared villagers have hope because of the supplies arriving unbelievably fast, faster than even Kathmandu appears to be receiving,” she said. “To our knowledge, none of our villages in the largest hard hit area of Nepal has received help other than what we have provided. Airdrops are just beginning. We do not know if the drops will cover any of our furthermost villagers. We are hopeful, but dubious other relief will arrive to help our villagers, ever. What we are doing is saving lives now.”

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R Star workers establish a medical camp in earthquake hit Baluwa this week.
Situala estimates he’s distributed supplies to 1,000 people so far, but has exhausted the emergency funds on hand, said Russell, who intended to wire more quake relief this week. Her efforts are drawing support from unlikely places, such as $1,000 promised by the Unity Church of Boulder and a banker in Australia, who grew up in now-destroyed Baluwa, Russell said Thursday.

“This is not the time to stop the help arriving to our villagers,” she said. “We need your nepal earthquake
Burning of bodies in a quake hit Nepal village.immediate help. This is truly a catastrophic world event where more lives will be lost should relief not reach our near 30,000 villagers.”

Meanwhile, some young orphans in Nepal are doing their part to help quake victims, though quake damage displaced them from the Kathmandu orphanage founded by Laguna Beach resident Christine Casey.

The 25 young residents of Chhahari, which means shelter in Nepalese, are temporarily living in the home of Nepal board member Dawa Tamang.

Casey and Tamang’s 18-year-old daughter, Ongmu, decided on a plan to ask the children

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Chhahari kids eye cholera medication provided by a friend of the earthquake damaged orphanage in Nepal. Photo courtesy of Christine Casey.
to participate in helping a few of the hardest hit villages in the Kathmandu valley, Casey said in an email this week.

“Ongmu explained to our children the sad circumstances of some people living very close and asked each child to go to their cupboard and choose some clothes to give other children,” Casey said. “They were all anxious and happy to run to their rooms and pick out something to put into the bag.”

“Ongmu is researching the villages where we should go and our taxi driver, Maishe, along with four Chhahari children, Ongmu and me will be delivering our collection in a few days,” Casey said.

More info: RStarFoundation.org and Chhahari.org.

R STAR’S VILLAGES NEPAL UPDATE:

May 6th, 2015

From Rosalind Russell and Rabindra Sitaula

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Food and shelter has been arriving to R Star’s remote villages in Nepal. Our own field team lead by Rabindra Sitaula reached 2 of our hardest hit villages of our 48 with beans, rice, tea and sugar three days following the 7.9 quake. Additionally Rabin brought in temporary housing of heavy plastic sheeting to ward off the inclement weather which is entering the rainy season presently. The rain adds to the misery of the displaced people on such a large scale while adding to disease possibilities. Hypothermia can result from exposure. The makeshift modest dwellings will protect them as well as their meager belongings until rebuilding can begin.
Over 600 people were greeted with swift response relief because of the mindfulness and leadership of Rabin. He is R Star’s hero! All has not been lost because we have our strong infrastructure of trust built over the years with confidence in what R Star will do under Rabin’s guidance and direction. Villagers have HOPE because of the supplies arriving unbelievably fast, faster than even Kathmandu appears to be receiving.

To our knowledge, none of our villages in the largest hard hit area of Nepal has received help other than what we have provided. Airdrops are just beginning. We do not know if the drops will cover any of our furthermost villagers? We are hopeful, but dubious other relief will arrive to help our villagers, ever. What we are doing is saving lives, now.

Rabin returned to more villages the next day with the secured 110 tents he negotiated under the standard price! How he located them remains beyond me. They were distributed along with foods and other needed items. Just $25.00 provides two tents for two families.

The most recent talk with Rabin shared that we are up and over more than 1000 people provided for by R Star’s in-the-field team. The plans he shared with me is to continue to the most rural of our already distant and rural areas as quickly as supplies can be obtained and transported over the broken roads.

The following day Rabin brought in a medical team he organized. More tents, foods and supplies were also distributed.
Rabin has exhausted the emergency funds we kept on hand. Wiring the donation funds will be done Monday the 4th to continue the relief urgently needed. This is not the time to stop the help arriving to our villagers. We are cognizant no help will arrive to our villagers for six or more weeks to come. They need help as desperately as the easier to access cities.

Within the month we will have a structural engineer on the premises of our one school. It was damaged though not lost as all the homes were in Wojethar; no loss of human life. The teachers are eager to begin the new school year, the classrooms will be held in tents. There is a moratorium on any school opening for the next week per the government, which may be expanded because of the reality the structures have all been compromised.

Happily the water well at the school, Tow of the World – Nepal has not been contaminated. The water wells we with Poynton Rotary Group installed in 3 villages three years ago were tested without a bit of contamination. The sanitation, meaning the bathrooms appear to function in nearly 90% of all our villages. These two things prevent additional epidemic diseases arriving such as cholera. We have much to be grateful for in spite of the huge losses in homes, animals and human lives.

We need your immediate help. This is truly a catastrophic world event where more lives will be lost should relief not reach our near 30,000 villagers.
Donations can be made at our website:
www.RStarFoundation.org Post checks to: R Star, PO Box 4183, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Directly donate here: https://fundraiser.processdonation.org/Fundraiser/donate.aspx?fid=9I4HE6375C

We remind you R Star is a 100% volunteer organization, no paid employees with overhead under 8%. We have been trusted to do exactly as we have said we would do for more than a decade. You know us. We ask you for emergency donations with the same dedication and passion to carry out the work masterfully as we do. Together we are making a difference.

Devastation in villages. URGENT APPEAL

April 28th, 2015

R Star’s Nepal Earthquake report on the villages:

To date (4/28/2015) Rstar has only received reports from 4 villages of our 48.

Our village with the school finds the homes leveled, all of them, 100%. Only our school remains, Top of the World-Nepal school. It is damaged, though how much will take weeks to learn as access to the village remains impossible. The people are suffering terribly living outside with minimal food, most of their animals died, and water likely becoming contaminated.

In the neighboring village, Baluwa, we have 6 confirmed deaths of our villagers and all their homes were leveled, and huge loss of life for their animals.

We have created an emergency fund which Rabin will be overseeing fully. 100% of the donations we receive will be used to help those we have worked with and helped before. www,RStarFoundation.org

AS RSTAR IS SMALL, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT ALL DONATIONS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE AREAS WHICH NEED THE MOST HELP.

Rosalind Russell, CEO of R Star foundation, has been in touch with the Nepali Embassy sharing what we know in our village of Wojethar nd Baluwa requesting help and asking when help will arrive.
We have learned is the Nepal Army is in the State we are in, Kavre, but that doesn’t place them in any of our rural villages at this time.

Disease is possibly next to follow along with mudslides, landslides because of rain and land instability. Starvation is more than possible because of no transport to the villages or emergency help arriving. There is no fuel easily available to traverse the ruined roads to bring in food or help. The deaths are mounting as they dig through the rubble as we see on the news stations.

If you know those willing to assist the work we have successfully had in place for better than a decade, they can donate to: www.RStarFoundation.org

Prayers remain requested, of course.

Additionally, Rabin was present in the hardest hit village Wojethar his home village. Rabin did go through Baluwa as he returned on the bumpy road to Kathmandu to be with his immediate family.

He has photos immediately taken after the initial earthquake, but no way yet to get them to me because of connectivity.

He was able to return to his Kathmandu home late Saturday the 25th, to meet up with his wife and infant child and 8 year old daughter along with other family members.
They are all living in a tentless city of over 150 displaced people on a polluted water bank in the rain, little food being available, but water is available. They will get assistance before the rural areas for basic needs. Electricity is supposed to be restored sometime in the next 24 hours.

Rabin is prepared to head the relief to get help to our villages once the roads are deemed available. We hope to have a group of dedicated emergency support Mormons arriving to assist in our 2 worst hit villages within this week. He will lead the team to Wojethar and Baluwa if they are able to get transportation.
Getting the news out is a helpful thing for R Star. Like any other earth catastrophe, help is requested and necessary.
For now our website works to receive donations other than mailing gifts to us.
It is not that all of Nepal doesn’t need help, they do. We have no way to help everyone, thus we are concentrating on the 30,000 people in our 48 villages to return to their lives as rapidly as possible.
Loving blessings,
R*
www.RStarFoundation.org
PO Box 4183
Laguna Beach, CA 92652
949 497-4911

Gita dancing

February 11th, 2015

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January 24th, 2015

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