Nepal EQ Relief Trip May 2015

How far would you go for a stranger? 

On 22.5.2015, I boarded MAS flight to Kathmandu with Janice and Mohksin... with a lot of uncertainties. 

Since 2006, I've visited Kathmandu on a regular basis. So did Janice, she has been to the Everest and Annapurna Base camps several times. To us, going to Nepal is like returning to our second home and meeting Nepalese friends are like meeting up with relatives. This time, we travelled with heavy hearts because we are on a relief mission.

We co-founded Operation Rejoice, with the objectives to bring better lives to people by improving their Living conditions and providing Education opportunities.

As we touched down, I thanked Buddha for the safe and timely landing. We met Aashraya and his friend who helped us with our luggage and relief supplies.

Clearing of Immigration and customs were a breeze and to our surprise, everything seems fine. The traffic to Chabahil was smooth and I was glad to see Charumati Vihara commonly known as Chabahil Stupa (one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the valley), is safe from destruction.

Nepal, in such great devastation, offered us smiles and warmth that touched our hearts - making all the hard work worthwhile. The only incident that disgusted me was when we were trying to clear our air cargo - you can imagine why.

We actively share post on our distribution trips on Operation Rejoice Live ACTion and Operation Rejoice FaceBook Page.

We are working on keeping Operation Rejoice's website updated.

Some photos from our trip:

Singapore Changi Airport - ready for Nepal!

Shaken local school

Flatten building

Setting up tents @ Chabahil home. Thank you to Shartul Rinpoche for housing Operation Rejoice.

Tents to shelter us :)

Meeting with Nepali local teams

Nepal local team leaders: Yuba, Surya, Aashraya 

Singapore Designed Wateroam water filters - Water filter demonstration

Relief supplies to local teams for distribution to individual villages.

Relief supplies to local NGOs eg. Dudjom Foundation, Be Human Nepal, etc