This Hope We Have


I am no Chobani who is able to announce a huge pledge towards refugee solutions. I am no celebrity or a billionaire with foundations dedicated to charity. What I am, though, is a simple human motivated by my faith and burdened by the humanitarian crisis in my country. There is not a night I don’t think of all the people in Nepal who have been rendered homeless due to the earthquakes last year. There is not a day I don’t think of a way to bring relief to so many reeling under the effects of the earthquake devastations.

Adding insult to injury, India a regional superpower decided to flex it muscles against Nepal by an unofficial blockade on the Indo-Nepal borders making it hard for essentials like petrol, cooking gas, food and basic imports to get into Nepal.

I come from a country where people have given up on their government coming around to alleviate the dire circumstances they have to live in. I come from a country where the President somehow believes that donating her one month salary to her ‘god’ is going to bring her more fortune while millions of her citizens don’t have a shirt on their back. No offence to her faith, but name me one country where the head of a secular country believes in superstitions at such a time as this. I come from a country where self-serving politics has taken precedence over serving the people of the nation.

Adding insult to injury, India- a regional superpower decided to flex it muscles against Nepal by an unofficial blockade on the Indo-Nepal borders making it hard for essentials like petrol, cooking gas, food and basic imports to get into Nepal.

And, so, my husband and I have been trying to bring some measure of relief to as many people as we can. In the past 6 months, we have been doing various little things to bring light to the needs of our people in Nepal. I have been making a Nepali dish called momos and raised close to $2,000. We have served dinner, done a benefit concert, and started a crowdfunding page to raise funds for relief efforts in Nepal.

Why does such a small country that had just undergone the blows of a natural disaster need to undergo another man made blow??!! As a normal human who cares about humanity, the extreme steps humans can take to incapacitate other humans completely blows my mind. How cruel? How inhumane?

Have we given up on our government? Have we given up on our neighbor’s empty promises? This winter has been one of the worst and many have died due to the excruciating cold weathers.

Amidst such crisis, the Prime Minister has been found to be felicitating local programs handing out honors and trophies. I find his priorities utterly shameful. When the government or the leaders who should be looking out for its people don’t care, historically pockets of caring people and communities have always risen up to the occasion. My husband and I along with you all are planning to do the same. With the funds we have raised and will be raising, we will be providing warm bedding and other necessities to as many families as our funds last.

We invite YOU to join in our mission. If you want to show that you care, please message me or comment here.

http://nepalitimes.com/article/nation/homeless-in-winter-rasuwa,2777 http://www.wfp.org/stories/winter-approaches-villagers-nepal-face-greater-challenges http://nepalitimes.com/article/nation/winter-emergency-for-quake-survivors,2715

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