I asked the men if they’d ever been the victim of a natural disaster; over 80% raised their hands…the story:
After learning about the people and the common belief systems across Nepal, we drove west (and that was a long & crazy drive) to help the people of this country we love…
Nepal is a very poor country. In fact, approximately 60% of the country’s 28 million people live on less than $1.25 a day. Poverty. Malnutrition. Disaster. For many, despair.
It’s geographically the highest country in the world with nearly 100 mountain peaks over 23,000 feet in elevation. They’re proud of Mt. Everest which we saw from a flight. The mountainous conditions lead to many things such as homes built on the sides of hills and the highest per capita number of rivers (think melting mountain snow) in the world. Homes on hills + rivers = flooding and mudslides.
We smiled as 24 godly men from 24 churches in 24 villages across the western part of Nepal gathered for the Convoy of Hope/Nepali Red Cross Disaster Preparedness training. One man rode 12 hours to be a part of the week. At least 80% said their villages and homes were affected by at least one recent natural disaster. For most, it was flooding and mudslides. For others, their village was transformed by drought, fires or other calamities.
When I asked what they did to help their community in the midst of past disasters, they said they didn’t know how other than to get animals and food to safety.
They now know they’re responders, not simply victims. They’re part of the solution.
During this disaster preparedness training, many things like this were emphasized:
Preparing their family for disasters
Preparing the people of their churches and villages for disaster
Assessing damage and resources when a disasters occur
Serving as resource people for the Red Cross and other organizations when disasters occur
Mobilizing to help across the country and region when disasters occur
Training others with the information they’re receiving
They’re excited about this week of training.
When the training is done, the men will work with our team to distribute food, blankets, clothing and other supplies to a village hit hard by flooding last fall. They’ll put their training to good use…
Please keep these great guys and this beautiful country in prayer.
Tomorrow, the tribe of slaves no more…