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Thank you to all those people who have kindly donated towards long term aid efforts in Ravada Village, Uttarkashi District, Himalayas. We have had a heart warming response so far.
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We are trying to stay away from distressing news reports, of which there are more than enough - but wanted to include this e-mail we received from Yoginder Rana.
Respected Robert Ji
Well was busy in rescue operation at Phata and Kedarnathji.
Was away from communication from couple of weeks.
Situation in Kedarnathji was very drastic thousands of pilgrims and small shop owners pony riders lost their lives in massive flood.
Whole day we work to save people. People were sitting next to dead bodies of human lives and animals. All were looking same like a beggar. With out food water and shelter people have no choices.
It was very painful period for me too. As every day we fly at six having only a cup of tea and eat dinner while we come back at six in evening or some time at seven. Whole day it was hard to drink even a glass of water in that situation where people were dying without food and medicine.
It was the hardest time of my life to see people dying in front of me and was unable to help.
But still we managed to save thousands of people.
In my life first time I winched down from air force helicopter to clear the place for helicopter landing. And was the first civilian to do this in Indian history.
With this winching operation I saved one couple who lost their way in fog while coming down from Kedarnathji and stuck in a cliff and stayed their for four days without having food and water. Fortunately one of air force pilot have seen them and he called me to winch down at that place to evacuate them and I have done that.
Lot of stories are their but really first time in my life I have seen that much of dead bodies together.
Will stay in touch.
In more cheery news - in less than two weeks you will be receiving a link to Namarupa Issue 17. Our return to full issue publishing with a 96 page magazine both in PDF (digital) and POD (print on demand) format. It is filled with great articles and awesome imagery. Stay tuned.
Robert Moses and Eddie Stern
Yatra Divine 2014 Itinerary has changed beacuase of the floods. For the latest please go here:
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An early monsoon brought days of torrential rain, bursting dams, landslides and floods. To date the death toll is well over a thousand with many still missing. Whole villages washed away. Places that had existed for hundreds of years gone without a trace. Those who had not perished were left with the shreds of the clothes they were standing in. The papers have been filled with stories of the disaster and survivors are trickling home with harrowing tales. Much has been written about the terrible plight of the many pilgrims in the area.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE VILLAGERS AND HOW WE CAN HELP?It is all very well to send some money and relief supplies after a tragedy on the scale of these floods. But what happens after that? What happens to the inhabitants of a village that has been cleared off the map? What happens to the children How do people pick up and resume their lives? Actions taken by people in far away places, leading to global warming, combined with local activities spurred by greed and hunger for power conspired suddenly in devastation. Local inhabitants had by and large been protesting against the construction of dams for years but their voices had gone unheeded. Now suddenly they were bearing the major brunt of this calamity.
COMMUNITY FOR LONG TERM AID.
A group of small organizations has banded together to help. See below. We will focus our initial attention on RAVADA VILLAGE near the Asi Ganga, a tributary of the Bhagirati (as the Ganga is called here) and about 15 Km from Uttarkashi. Aid will concentrate on three spheres:
1. Initial donations will help reconstruct homes and fields.
2. Long term sustainable agricultural projects and training.
3. Education of the children for future employment.
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ADI SANKARA BRAHMA VIDYA PEETHSwami Premanandaji, President
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Acharya Swami Sharvanandaji, Vice-President
Swami Janardananda, General Secretary
Swami Hariomananda, Deputy Secretary
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QUERIES: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhotos ©Michelle Haymoz Note: The news has been filled with images of destruction from the floods - we have chosen to use images from a more peaceful time as that is what we are working towards. - See more at: http://www.namarupa.org/bandhava/bandhava.php#sthash.0SJ0w6ZG.dpuf