Several Seventh-day Adventists from around the West Midlands were either travelling or directly involved in humanitarian work in Nepal when the earthquake struck. With the second earthquake more than 8,000 are feared dead and around 20,000 injured.
Professional photographer James Watson, the son of Pastor Malcolm and Mrs Naomi Watson from the West Midlands were worshipping in the Kathmandu Adventist church on Sabbath, 25 April, when the first earthquake struck. A frightening experience the worshippers including children managed to reach the church exit, but were eventually able to stay at the church until the Monday, where over sixty slept in the church Saturday and Sunday nights.
James, with fellow photographer and friend Rich Jones, and James’ mother Naomi, had trekked up to and back from Everest Base Camp between 27 March and 10 April. Naomi had joined James and Rich to celebrate eight years of life after breast cancer. Naomi missed the quake, flying to Bombay on Friday, 24 April.
Audiologist Elaine Harlin, a member of Tamworth church, was part of an International Nepal Fellowship Team in Rolpa, West Nepal. During her stay, their audio testing, medication and surgeries served Victor Hulbert hundreds reports Adventist Media Director. It was at the end of her three-week humanitarian trip when the quake struck, temporally delaying her flight home.
James and Rich Jones chose not to return to the UK but stayed in Nepal to help with relief efforts. Together with a team of friends they have also been raising donations via FB.
“Since Thursday, 30 April, they have been buying supplies of food, tarps and tools. They have supplied rice to an orphanage and in villages they have been erecting shelters. During this current week they have been assisting the village of Ramcot, near Kathmandu, that has had no other help. Malcolm states in an email, “They are the life-line for this village. So far they have erected 15 shelters. The tools they bought are well used, plus they have bought tools for the villagers to replace those lost in the quake.” The BBC reported on Richard and James’ activities here.
“James and Rich postponed their flight out of Nepal as they wanted to ensure good use of the generous donations they have received – including from all 12 of his next-door neighbours. Having raised over £4,000 they are reaching an area currently untouched by government help,” reports Victor Hulbert. Surviving the second earthquake their story is on James’ Facebook page
Meanwhile ADRA Nepal staff is working around the clock to deliver much-needed tarps and food to families in remote villages in Dhading and Kavre.
ADRA has so far distributed 1,278 tarps in Dhading district, 900 tarps in Kavre, 50 tarps in Kathmandu, and 64 tents in Lalitpur. Plans are in place to begin food distribution in addition to continuing shelter distributions. Help support ADRA in Nepal by donating now via the ADRA Website or text ADRA00 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 and make a difference today.
ADRA will be cooperating with other International Aid Agencies for a long time to come as the people of Nepal to help rebuild their lives, homes, families and communities. This link to the ADRA FB will remind us of the desperate need in Nepal.