CFFN Members Bring Aid, Raise Funds in Wake of Earthquake

CFFN is pleased to announce that the organization raised a sum of $2220 to help with Nepal Earthquake relief efforts. This amount will contribute through the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. With the Canadian Government matching all donations, we were able to make $4440 worth of impact in Nepal! We would like to make special mention of Jason Dai and Amanpreet Minhas for their generousity.

Red Cross Donation check

 

Milan K. C., our CFFN 4C partner in Pokhara, has been heavily involved in supplying relief in remote villages to the survivors of the tragic earthquakes that have recently dominated our news and our deepest concerns. Milan was very fast to organize relief supplies to the Gorkha area but immediately saw at first hand the widespread colossal damage and destruction.

CFFN Honorary Member Milan K. C consoles earthquake survivors after delivering relief supplies.

CFFN Honorary Member Milan K. C consoles earthquake survivors after delivering relief supplies.

For many Nepalese children this will be their school for the foreseeable future.

For many Nepalese children this will be their school for the foreseeable future.

Upon return to Pokhara she converted her school building into a centre to gather additional relief supplies. She participated in several media events to help publicize the need for supplies and promoted ideas for how people could assist. Her staff and other volunteers then organized relief packages into family- sized units and set about transporting them to the affected villages. As you can see in the photos relief was delivered by truck, jeep and, where needed, by foot. As the relief process continued she soon was able to harness the use of heavy helicopters to transport the supplies to more remote villages.

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The Montessori Kinderhome is converted into an ad hoc centre for gathering and organizing relief supplies

We have long admired Milan for her dedication to the field of early childhood education. Her Montessori Kinderhome school in Pokhara is a joy to visit. But we are now in awe of her organizational talent, her dedication to the welfare of the survivors, her can-do attitude towards immediate problem solving, her endless energy and, given the recent helicopter accidents, her bravery. She would be the first to point out that it was a team effort – as indeed it was (and is) but at a time of crisis great leaders step forward and so we salute Milan for all that she has done. It is a privilege to know her and have her as an Honorary Member of CFFN.

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A heavy lift helicopter was used to transport relief supplies to remote villages inaccessible by road.

 

Milan K.C appealing for contributions over community radio.

Milan K.C appealing for contributions over community radio.

 

 

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