Seeing so much suffering you can not stand and watch …
On 25 April 2015 Nepal was plagued by a terrible earthquake that has taken the country to its knees, with thousands of victims, injured, displaced and countless children, women and men without medical care, food, clothing and a roof under which to find shelter. The main shock of magnitude 7.8 degrees has been strong and has thousands of flats disintegrated, leaving many families with serious grief, without food or water, often left to themselves on the side of a road. The whole country was put on its knees, with 35 districts affected, 8600 dead, 20000 wounded and 3 million earthquake victims.
Nepal has requested international aid and many humanitarian organizations have rushed to the earthquake areas to bring first aid, concentrating its efforts primarily in big cities, but neglecting the smaller villages and remote places, especially those North of Kathmandu, early in the Himalayan mountain range, at elevations of 1500-1800 meters, penalized by difficulties of access to the region.
Unfortunately in these villages has consumed the greatest drama: small buildings made of poor materials have collapsed miserably under the first violent earthquake, bringing death and despair. The poverty of the population and the continuing aftershocks have made, if it were possible, even more serious tragedy.
Facing to so much suffering the Sri Prema Charitable Trust, which makes charity and volunteering his main Mission, could not stand by and watch. With volunteers led by Luigi Ferrante, a man who in the past has already led with dedication and spirit of sacrifice several humanitarian missions, bringing relief to thousands of victims of natural disasters, the Trust has managed to bring a concrete help to many villages in Gorkha District, Northwest of Kathmandu, delivering water, food and medicines.
After leaving from Channapatna, Karnataka, in India, with a column of trucks loaded with basic necessities, Luigi reached and crossed the border into Nepal and after endless days and more than 2000 km, he arrived in the Gorkha District, identifying and helping small rural villages that he found along the way.
In these villages lacked all and Luigi managed to deliver into the hands of the people food, medicine and water, distributing all stocks that the Sri Prema Charitable Trust had provided and continue his work going to and fro between Kathmandu, where he went to get supplies of basic necessities and the most remote villages, where often no aid had never arrived from the day of the first earthquake. Today the Sri Prema Charitable Trust continues its commitment in Nepal as well as with voluntary activities in a fundraiser to give a contribution to the reconstruction phase, with the objective to build a primary school in Ghyampesal village, 1800 meters high, in the area of the Village Development Committee of Masel, Gorkha District, about 200 kilometers from Kathmandu. Once finished, the school can accommodate 500 students, coming from nearby villages, bringing back the hope and the smile on the faces of many children. On June 6 was officially laid the first brick and was committed, before local authorities, to finish the work … but the road is long and there is still much to be done to return the dignity and serenity to the Nepalese people.
“Every day is a miracle … When there is in the individual, a strong desire to help and serve, miracles do happen … I think this is the only spiritual discipline to which we devote ourselves. One day I was told … do not forget that, because every effort of yours to be successful, it is essential the universal love (Prema) “.