A truck filled with 5 tonnes of food items including rice, dal (pulses), noodles and beaten rice (chiura) leaves for Sindhupalchok
Do you have an old mobile or smart phone or charger that you can donate to Nepalis who have no other means of communication?
First of all, I wanted to say thank you to the host of LLG readers on here, and on Twitter, who have so generously contributed to MondoChallenge Foundation’s work in Nepal following the earthquake last Saturday. To date just under £18 000 has been donated from various sources. (The Just Giving page is here.)
Today, Jimmy Lama, Executive Director, HELP & Nepal Country Director, MondoChallenge Foundation, emailed an update from Nepal. It made for harrowing reading, although it is gratifying to hear that, thanks to the considered construction of the school buildings paid for by Mondo over the past few years, the majority of them are still standing.
Although he is sending supplies to the villages where they are so badly needed (there is a list of what has been achieved so far at the bottom of this post), there are currently things that are desperately needed on the ground that cannot either be sourced or paid for in Nepal. Amongst these are mobile phones. He says in his email:
“Collecting or buying mobile phones for villagers as most have lost their phones in the house… If there is anyone willing to donate their second phones and can find a way to ship them to Nepal, we can organise SIM cards here…”
I am organizing a mobile phone drive here in England. If you have a spare ‘phone and/or charger, please consider donating it to help these people who have lost everything.
Phones can be either sent via post to the following office address:
Suite Four, 48 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7AH, or dropped off in office hours, between 9am-6pm from Tuesday next week. If you have any further queries, or would like to drop off outside these hours in Camden from Sunday onwards, please email the LLG office on contact [at] libertylondongirl.com and we can make arrangements for a shop to take them in on our behalf.
Can you also donate unused medical supplies that you have at home? I, for one, have boxes of expensive dressings lying unwanted in a drawer from an operation last year that I will never use again. We can’t send pharmaceutical products of any description out to Nepal, but we can send unused bandages, plasters, dressings, safety pins and the such like. These are very lightweight and easy to send, so if you would like to include any of these with phones – or just send them alone, please do!
And to keep you updated, your donations to Mondo Challenge Foundation so far have paid for (in Jimmy’s words):
1. We have sent 10 boxes filled with medicines to various villages.. Two were taken with helicopter along with rescue team to Shugenche and Gunsa..
3. We have bought 75 solar panels with batteries and convertors to help resume communication in each village. About 25 of them are being transported today.
4. We have bought 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of bitten rice, tons of noodles, oil, sugar, salt, biscuits and lentils for supply.. Two trucks leaving in an hour… We are trying to arrange a jeep for other supplies…
5. We have bought or collected 20 blankets, 50 tarps and water flasks for older people.