NEPAL EARTHQUAKE UPDATE:
SUPPORT RELIEF EFFORT
HCP Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit and all of our partners and friends at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology are safe, but several have lost their homes and countless acquaintances have died. Many outlying communities and villages are completely destroyed. Power, water and transportation are devastated. Partners at Tilganga are working around the clock treating patients with eye trauma and also other injuries. The Himalayan Cataract Project will be helping fund direct relief and free treatment for trauma victims with a special account, NEPAL RELIEF. 100% of funds raised will go directly to the relief effort coordinated by Dr. Ruit in Nepal.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Update from Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit in Kathmandu, Nepal
This is one of the worst natural disasters in my lifetime. A major 7.8 Richter scale earthquake struck 24 hours ago followed by more than 100 aftershocks and one earthquake measuring 6.9 Richter scale some time ago. The scale of human casualty will be more than 2,500.
But, there will be thousands left homeless in many parts of Nepal where life is much more difficult. For these families, to tune up to normalcy will take them a very long time. The most affected areas has been the areas where Tilganga is most active and we understand the locality very well.
There are very hearty and generous messages from friends all over the world, who want to be helpful. I think it will be good for Tilganga to spearhead an effective platform to help the country and its beautiful people with the support from all our friends around the world.
Presently, everything is going at a warpath and the country is in state of emergency and all efforts have been put to save and retrieve people from the wreckages hoping they will live and be given medical treatment. The state seems to be coordinating all the acute relief quite well in spite of all the constraints. The second phase will be to give a longer treatment to some of the casualties and give immediate relief to the ones without shelter. It is really a tragic part that we have been left with total or semi damaged cultural heritages mostly in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The restoration of these will be a long haul for the state. The longer term relief would be to rehabilitate the homeless, mentally struck inhabitants of some remote areas.
I would appeal to all our friends around the world who have loved our work and loved this country and its people. We are quite happy to build a strong, effective platform to coordinate this in a small way. Again, many thanks from the heart for the compassion you have shown in such an unforeseen moment.
Brian Doolan from The Fred Hollows Foundation and Geoffery Tabin from the Himalayan Cataract Project have already committed generously.
Hope this is the end and no further damage takes place.
Thank you once again.
The Himalayan Cataract Project’s top priority is to reach the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care, at the lowest possible cost. It thrives on the enduring passion of its founding directors, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, ophthalmologists who dedicate their lives to eradicating unnecessary blindness.