From Rosalind Russell and Rabindra Sitaula
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.