St. Mary’s Raising Money To Help Nepal… Join Us!

To all who can help;
TWO Charities supporting Nepal both from Laguna Beach RSTAR Foundation and Chhahari.
Read their stories, let them know help is on the way.

Below is a report from Rev. Rosslind’s people in Nepal.
From St. Mary’s discretionary account for the needy we have donated $300.00.
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This organization has had roots in this community for over 10 years.
Considering helping now with your prayers and resources.
God’s Peace be with Nepal.

Rev. Elizabeth

R Star’s earthquake report on the villages 
 

 I have reports only from 3 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.  We have 6 confirmed deaths of our Wojethar villager whom I know.  

 
We created an emergency fund which we will have Rabin overseeing fully.  I like that as then I know 100% of the donations will be used to help those we have helped.                     www.RStarFoundation.org
 
I have been in touch with the Nepali Embassy sharing what I know to be going on in our village of Wojethar, (where the school is), requesting help and asking when it will arrive?  All I have learned is the Nepal Army is in the State we are in, but that doesn’t place them in any of our rural villages.  
 
The only other 2 villages I know about other than Wojethar, Palonchock and Methinkot, had no loss of life for either human or animals though they did lose each, 3 homes… water, food and temp housing remain absent.  
 
Disease is next to follow along with mudslides, landslides because of rain and land instability let alone starvation.  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 in the hardest hit village so far reported, his home village of Wojethar.  He has photos 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 family and infant child and 8 year old daughter along with other family members.  They are all living in a tentless city of over 100 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.  
 
Rabin is prepared to head the relief to get help to our villages once the roads are deemed available. 
 
Getting the news out is a helpful thing.  Like any other earth catastrophe, help is requested and necessary.  Thank you for asking!
 
By the way, the recent newsblast I posted Saturday had a permanent fatal error on the donation button.  So for now only the website works to receive donations other than mailing it to us.
 
Adding to that, it is not that all of Nepal doesn’t need help, but 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.
 
Loving blessings,
R*
PO Box 4183
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

 

The news out of Kathmandu is grim. Laguna Beach’s Christine Casey has been there for several months on her annual trip to oversee everyday operations at Chhahari, the orphanage she founded. Here is word from her of the situation.

Laguna Beach’s Christine Casey, founder of Chhahari children’s home in Kathmandu, is safe after deadly 7.8 quake, aftershocks. Chris Casey, founder of a home in central Kathmandu that houses, clothes, feeds, and educates 23 children, is safe after the 7.8 earthquake on Saturday. The disaster has so far claimed at least 3, 800 lives and injured thousands and left the nation’s capital a shambles.

Casey wrote in an email addressed to members of her nonprofit’s board and others, “As you may well expect, we are having all sorts of problems: water, electricity, food, shelter, and now the scare of many different illnesses. The improper handling of dead bodies is a major concern.”

After the first earthquake, an aftershock of 6.9 on Sunday, and many smaller aftershocks, she wrote, “I feel like I just got off a ship!”

“We are cutting down on all items to save what resources we have. Of course price hikes are everywhere! Safe water will be our biggest issue in the days to come. I am to get the men to dig holes away from tented areas for toilet purposes. As of now most of these uneducated villagers are using any place for a toilet!

“Chhahari children slept outside first night but last night were housed at (Nepal Chhahari board member and owner of a bed and breakfast) Dawa’s and will be tonight as well.”

“Please continue to pray, or whatever one does, for all Nepali people.”

Casey has been in Kathmandu helping at the orphanage as she does each year for about five months, the maximum allowed by her visa. The 23 children are safe, as is the caretaker couple that lives at the hostel with their two young sons.

About Chhahari

Chhahari, Inc. is a home in Kathmandu, Nepal for at-risk and orphaned children.

Chhahari means “shelter” in Nepalese. The organization is dedicated to providing food, shelter, education and healthcare for orphaned and at-risk children of Nepal in a loving, family-like atmosphere. Children receive nutritious food, medical and dental care, school and school uniforms, tutoring six days a week, a bed to him/herself in a caring, calm, clean environment. Extracurricular activities include music, dance, art, scouts, crafts, photography, media training, visits to cultural sites, annual picnic, movies, lunch outings, and celebrations of all Hindu and Buddhist festival days.

After retiring from a banking career, Christine Casey trekked Nepal in 2004, and was appalled at the sight of ill, hungry, lice-ridden street children “being stepped over by passersby as if they were garbage.” She vowed to take action, and in 2007, with the help of local attorney Tom Davis, founded the home in Kathmandu for a handful of children whose lives would otherwise have been short and brutal. Casey’s scrupulous accounting for her nonprofit ensures that virtually every penny raised is used to cover the children’s daily needs. www.chhahari.org

Media Contact:

Barbara McMurray
McMurray Marketing Communications
949-233-9548
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Below: The girls bed down at the inn belonging to a Chhahari Nepal board member; passing the time living outdoors by playing cards and chess; a group of young Danes showed up at the Chhahari gate with gifts of water, bananas, clothing, and drawing materials for the children.
Photos: Christine Casey

 

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