FIRE distributed 3,000 pounds of food and winter clothing to 13 elders in the village of Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang, Nepal.
More than 18 months after the earthquake, these village elders are still living in temporary shelters made out of tin or in caves, at 13,000 feet. Most of them have no surviving family members to help them. Many of them have trouble walking and cooking, yet they have been left to fend for themselves in another cold and snowy Himalayan winter.
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Dorje Vowa and Bresang with their bags of rice.
On December 1, we moved eight of the most vulnerable
elders into an empty guest house for the winter where they will be warm, fed, cared for and safe. This is the first "Elder House" or care home for older people, in the Langtang Valley. It is a new but much needed concept that the village greatly appreciates and FIRE is proud to pioneer.
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Norsang and Pasang enjoying a hot meal in their winter home.
In November, FIRE also distributed 800 pounds of food in the village of Wangal. Wangal is in the same district or province as Langtang but much lower in elevation at only 4,000 feet. All nine homes in this village were leveled in the earthquake leaving the nine families homeless. In the 20 months since the earthquake, one aid group has visited them, one time. They were given tin sheets that they used to cobble together temporary shelters.
We took a quick break from our work in Langtang to distribute food to these nine families for the winter. They opted to carry the food up the mountain themselves, saving money on porters which allowed us to buy them more food.
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"Evi" an elder from the village Wangal.