Farewell for now from Ben Ewing

Ben preparing to leave for Timbu

Ben preparing to leave for Timbu

One of our student volunteers Ben Ewing dropped in to say goodbye at the “office” today. He is leaving for the USA, having helped out on two of our relief trips – one as a motorbike scout to Lalitpur and the other with the Singapore medical team to Sindhupalchowk. Too tired to think of much to say, Ben is reflecting that the window for acute emergency response is probably over now, but the greater task of supporting these devastated communities is only just beginning. He is remembering the Haiti earthquake and the ongoing problems there from the shortfall on longer-term aid. His feeling is one of great sadness for these people who have lost everything, the monsoon just about to start. He will always remember the courage and kindness he saw, and the way the Nepali villagers welcomed them so warmly and insisted on feeding them. He will be back in the Autumn to continue his studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute and hopes to be able to lend a hand with the rebuilding efforts.

The team of doctors and volunteers heading off to Timbu. Ben is in the far left.

The team of doctors and volunteers heading off to Timbu. Ben is in the far left.

Written by CGLF

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