Trading Tarps for Tents

IMG_5298Three weeks after the massive earthquake in Nepal on April 25, the board of ServLife sent Assistant Director Tim Kurth to Kathmandu. The purpose of the trip is to meet with our Nepali directors to support and help architect their plans for long term relief. Kurth’s 10 years of experience in relief work (training and certifying early responders, Hurricane Katrina, 2011 Joplin tornado, 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes, etc) uniquely equips him to partner with our leadership in Nepal. We  will be posting some field reports from Kurth this week.

Flying low on final approach I could see beautiful dots of color scattered all over Kathmandu. Orange, blue, green all popped amidst an otherwise drab and dusty background. But as we got closer to the ground I realized these colored dots were the makeshift tents people now call home. These are a necessity for some because their homes were destroyed.IMG_5289 For others, like the children in ServLife’s care, staying overnight inside a building is too frightening and with aftershocks continuing, probably unsafe.

At dusk, Children Ministry Director Udaya picked me up from the guest house and off we went on his motorcycle, riding in the gathering darkness through this broken city. Passing piles of rubble that just a month ago were homes and businesses. Trailing us was a taxi loaded with my checked luggage: three large tents.

We arrived just at nightfall to find the children all staying together in the Block B home having their dinner outside on the steps. Udaya grabbed the tents and together with the children we put up the first of the three. This tent went up so easily and with ample room for all the small children will be welcome shelter tonight. Tomorrow we will take down the makeshift tarps and poles they have been sleeping under and put up the other two tents. Everyone is so very excited. And it’s a blessing to be able to make things just a little better only hours after landing here in Nepal.

Pray for Nepal.

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