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Donations will help Nepalese rebuild monasteries, pagodas

I am writing you today as a resident of Lake Oswego and a native of Nepal to ask you for your help.

As you might know, Nepal has experienced two severe earthquakes that have devastated a large portion of the country and left millions homeless or fearful for their lives. These two earthquakes — 7.8 and 7.3 on the Richter Scale, a little more than 14 days apart — have so far killed more than 7,000 people and injured more than 14,000 others. Yet this is just near the cities and towns where officials and media have access. The casualty figures for the mountainous regions in northeastern Nepal are currently unknown, but the death toll is expected to rise because this is where most of the landslides and various aftereffects of the earthquakes have been felt.

There have been several amazing rescue stories after these earthquakes. Krishna Devi Khadkha was pulled from the rubble after being buried for five days, according to the Associated Press. A 15-year-old was pulled from the rubble by a U.S. team after spending more than several days trapped between two collapsed floors of his fallen house. These rescues have been made possible by the massive influx of aid to the region, with dozens of countries from around the world pledging aid or sending contributions.

However, this level of aid has not yet reached the mountainous regions in northeastern Nepal, where residents are dealing with homelessness, fear and general devastation caused by the earthquakes.

As a native of Himalayan Solo-Khumbu, the region famous for Mount Everest, I have heard many harrowing stories from family and friends who still live in that region today about the earthquakes, the landslides that followed, the continuous aftershocks and the current harsh living conditions. Yet what breaks my heart most is that in all the devastation of homes and schools, there is also the loss of many monasteries and pagodas that populated the region for a very long time. For these Buddhist people, monasteries serve as places of learning and, in the more remote regions, as the center of their communities. With their loss, this region has not only lost homes, but also hope and history.

Today, I’m writing to ask you for donations to help rebuild these monasteries and pagodas. Your donation will give the people and communities in the devastated Himalayan Solo-Khumbu region hope and a rallying point for the reconstruction of their lives. Homes can be rebuilt with enough money and aid can help people with their basic needs to survive, but what price can you put on creating hope and replacing history that has permeated this region for millennia?

I understand that there is the question of how much of your donation will get to the people who actually need it. Since I personally know the people who are rebuilding these monasteries and pagodas, I can guarantee it will go directly to this purpose.

If you would like to help, please make checks payable to Tendu Sherpa. You can drop them off at my office, which is located at 4 Monroe Parkway, Suite B, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Or you can mail it to 22 Yorick St., Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or additional information. I can be reached at 503-998-7142 or 503-387-3586, or via email at tendu.@lakeoswegomacrepair.com.

Tendu Sherpa is a resident of Lake Oswego and the owner of Lake Oswego Mac Repair.

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