Nepal earthquake

19 May 2015 was a significant day in the history of Nepal Jesuits.  As a response to the devastating earthquake and its consequences, Nepal Jesuits established and inaugurated Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI).  NJSI is born out of Nepal Jesuits’ desire to respond systematically and effectively to the tragedy that devastated the country after 25 April.At an informal ceremony  Bishop Paul Simick blessed the new Institute and Bishop Emeritus Anthony Sharma SJ offered special...
The Wimbledon Sacred Heart Explorer Scouts have had strong ties with the people of Nepal since 1996 when they travelled to Nepal to help with a community project at the Chusang monastery in Boudha, Kathmandu.  They returned on expeditions in 2002, 2010 and 2013, when they rebuilt a school, renovated a hospital and worked on an adventure playground.Tom Causton of the Sacred Heart Explorer Scouts told John Symes of Edgeways Parish Magazine “We’re proud of the community projects we have...
From Fr Jose Jomon SJ of the Nepalese JesuitsThere was another quake of 7.3 magnitude this afternoon in Nepal at around 12. 55 pm local time. According to the reports so far, 35 people were killed and over 1000 were injured due to the fresh quake. At least four people died in Chautara in Sindhupalchok district north of the capital Kathmandu, after several buildings collapsed.The US Geological Survey said that the quake was centered 68 km (about 42 miles) west of the town of Namche Bazar, close...
The relief efforts of Jesuit teams in Nepal are continuing, with shelters being constructed, food being distributed and health care - including trauma counselling - being provided.On 5 May, two teachers from of St Xavier’s Jawalakhel accompanied Fr Amrit to Chhap, a village in Kavre district, Jyamdi VDC. Of the original 101 houses only one remains standing, and that has many severe cracks. "It is a mixed village of Tamangs and Thakuris," explains Fr Amrit. "We distributed beaten rice to 84...
One of the lay staff from the Jesuit presbytery in Preston is helping to distribute aid in Nepal following last month's earthquake. Hari Krishnakarki, one of the weekend cooks at St Wilfrid's Church, was visiting family when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck on 25 April. Nothing was heard from him for several days until he was located at the BibekShil Youth project in Bhaktapur, where he was helping the relief efforts."We distributed rice, salt, oil, dal [pulses], noodles, biscuits and Dalmot...
Even as the government has intensified its relief efforts, many interior villages are still cut off from any contact. Tipling, one of villages most severely affected by the quake, was able to receive some help only today through the Nepal Jesuits. Fr Samuel arranged a helicopter through the Indian Army and took relief materials there.Almost all of the 500 or so houses in the village are fully or partially destroyed by the quake. The house where the Jesuits were staying has also collapsed. Five...
Fr Jose Jomon SJ writes from Nepal:At the time of writing this, the number of people who died in the quake has reached 6, 200. The number of injured has crossed more than 13,500.The first phase of the relief work still continues. The Jesuits with the help of its institutions reached out to many more remote villages . The alumni and staff of St Xavier’s School Godavari under the leadership of Fr Jiju, the Principal, went to the upper part of Lamatar VDC, Kavre district and distributed some...
The number of people who died in last weekend's earthquake in Nepal has passed the 5,000 mark, with twice as many people injured. As of last night (Wednesday 29 April), 5,020 bodies were recovered from different parts of the country while the number of injured stands at 10,227.Through their institutions, Nepal Jesuits have reached out to many remote villages. Relief materials (tents, mats, dry food and sanitation materials ) have been distributed to almost 500 families in Devpur – VDC in...
Following the weekend’s earthquake, the Jesuits in Nepal have opened an office for relief work and have started networking with other organisations. They have asked the Home Ministry for permission to work in the districts of Gorkha, Dhading, Lalitpur, Kavre, Sindhuli, and Dolakha.Each institution of the Nepal Jesuits will adopt one place for relief work. St Xavier’s College in Jawalakhel Province has already distributed tarpaulin sheets, basic food items and sleeping mats to two villages (...
We have had a report from our Jesuit colleagues in Nepal, where there are 68 Jesuits serving five schools (including a special needs school), a Higher Education College and social ministries supporting disadvantaged young people in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Deonia Mahehspur.Many of the Nepalese Jesuits had gathered on Saturday in the remote village of Okhaldunga to celebrate an ordination.  The earthquake struck just after conclusion of the ceremony.  Many of the houses in the village...

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