May 15, 2015 – NEPAL UPDATE
MCA Los Angeles has been in contact with Joe, a Maryknoll lay missionary. At the moment Joe is in Nepal providing aid and relief with other local groups to those affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015 followed by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake just two weeks after. He is providing our office with updates every few days of the current situation. Here are some of his words as well as photos:
MAY 14, 2015: TENTS EVERYWHERE—VISITING FOLKS ALONG THE WAY
The day is now coming to an end here in Kathmandu. You will notice me on my faithful 185 Honda Trail bike along with Fr. Silas. Fr. Silas is the Vicar for the Nepal so we moved around visiting various places like St. Xavier’s School in Godavari and the Cluny Sisters and meeting and taking with the folks.
Both of these places appear to have sustained serious earthquake damage and not so much clarity yet on what the future of these building will actually be. With the earth still so unstable it is not really reliable to make an assessment of any building except for the “present moment” because the next moment you just don’t know!
I walked thru part of the main building of St. Xavier’s today recalling the many visits I had there over the years. Walking down the hall on the second floor and seeing the photos of Fathers, Moran and Law and Watrin and Starr brought back so many memories. I peered into the room that Fr. Moran used for operating his ham radio, for years the only radio voice coming out of Nepal.
In one of the photos we are setting up a tent in the compound of Fr. Silas’s Mom and Dad, they had been sleeping outside, then along the way so many people are now living in tents due to fear of another earthquake or because they no longer have homes to live in. I was able to secure a rather large tent and you see me with Pradeep from Care and Development Organization for their relief work and medical care. Another similar tent I have for Govinda in Gajuri and the differently abled that I will probably deliver on Saturday. In the meantime we are working on more, what some are calling “transitional housing”.
Thanks for all your prayers and support that move us thru each day…