Looking back a year and moving on forward!

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Langtang in Kathmandu; starting all over again

Thinley Lama came to see Phakchok Rinpoche two weeks after the earthquake last year, from the village committee in Langtang. He described how with the earthquake came a huge landslide that destroyed the village completely. Thinley Lama survived thanks to strongly holding on to his horse and a tree, but 300 people from the village… Read more »

Clean water – a wonderful gift!

Water supplies in the Kathmandu Valley can be difficult at the best of times but since the earthquake life has been harder than usual. Ngagyur Memorial School (Boarding School) moved from their former home in Nubri to Thankot after the earthquake. Their water comes from ‘governmnet lines’ – government laid pipes. Water is currently only available… Read more »

Striding into the Future- the leaders of tomorrow

Our second Himalayan Youth Gathering in July revealed a wealth of talent and energy and CGLF promised to offer further training to participants. Our wonderful facilitators MC Cheong, Leo, Lily, Mahendra and Lopön Urgyen Dorje were reunited this month to run two days of leadership and project management training. After morning prayers each day there was a packed programme of… Read more »

Medicine to Hyolmo

Tashi Lama is the principal of Yangrima School in Sermathang village in Hyolmo, brother to Dr Pasang. During the earthquake relief, both brothers spent their time providing medical help in Hyolmo, particularly in Manekharka. On October 9th CGLF sent Dr Pasang all the remaining medical supplies so kindly donated by CGLF friends in Singapore. He… Read more »

The final delivery to Tarke Gyang

The petrol crisis here in Nepal is acute. Queues of 7 hours this week for a rarion of 5 litres per vhicle were the only concession to the main festival of Dashain, celebrated by every faith and creed throughout the land. Last week drivers waited in line for three days at a time….. So the Tarkegyang… Read more »

Those first precious moments; first aid saves lives

Immediate help saves lives! That was one of the messages we learnt the hard way during the earthquakes and their aftermath. Knowing what to do in an emergency benefits everyone – those who are injured or sick and those called upon to help, who can put their own fears aside in the moment of sharing…. Read more »

Art therapy update – and inspiration!

One of our most inspiring stories has been the work done by Kiran Karjit in Sitapaila. Kiran used our jasta to build an ‘art hut’ where drawing and creating has helped children overcome the traumas of the earthquake – catch up with the original story . We can now bring you up to date! Kiran… Read more »

“Our inestimable gratitude to you all”

The Hyolmo Social Service Center in Boudha (HSSC) usually helps the Hylmo community living in Kathmandu. After the earthquake, HSSC was at the forefront of relief work, focusing on the Hyolmo area of Sindhupalchok district. CGLF joined them in supporting rescue work and supplying and delivering supplies to affected areas.  Last week the Hyolmo community wanted to… Read more »

Cooking for Nepal – Australian fundraiser with a twist!

This week we  have news of another fundraiser for CLGF and friends Shenpen (helping smaller NGOs in Nepal) and Shedrub ( and rebuilding Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery). CGLF were delighted to receive $1380 USD ($2018 AUD), with the same amount also going to Shenpen and Shedrub. Ali Williams told us how it was done! “Friends of… Read more »

  • Beding School, Rowaling – good news on progress!!

    Those of you following the fate of the young people of Beding will recall how Ngawang Tenzing Lama, representative of Sangag Choling Monastery School was delighted to receive jasta to help with the rebuiling of the small Beding Community School in Rowaling. The land in Beding where the old school sat is now unstable and… Read more »

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    Posted on 18th July 2015 by
  • A Cargo of Treasures – Malaysia sends supplies

    Since the 13th of July the CGLF office has been piled high with boxes of every size and staff have been unpacking and sorting the wonderful treasures within! More than 120 boxes with a total weight of more than 1200 kg have found temporary storage here in Boudha awaiting distribution to families in need. Clothes,… Read more »

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    Posted on 16th July 2015 by
  • Education; the key to the future

    On a piece of flat, open gound on the edge of Boudha, are a group of tents housing families from Bolansa village in Khomdrol, Tatopani VDC, Sindhupalchok district – an earthquake epicenter. This is Lama Phurpa Dorje’s home village, so he visits whenever he can. Last week he found one family in particular in need of… Read more »

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    Posted on 14th July 2015 by
  • A Tough Trail to Tatopani

    We have come to know the journey to Chilime in Rasuwa pretty well by now; the team has delivered food, undertaken surveys, unloaded jasta, been up and back many times. But nothing is permanent – certainly not the weather or the roads! So perhaps it was no real surprise that our last trip was a… Read more »

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    Posted on 12th July 2015 by
  • Thukje Che!

    May we introduce you to Lagchi who lives in a temporary wooden shelter next to what remains of Yeshe Lhundrub Ling Gompa, and her former home. “This tiny temple dates back 250 years ago, to the late 18th century, the time of the 1st king of Nepal” Lagchi tells us. The temple sits on ridge with… Read more »

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    Posted on 11th July 2015 by
  • The landslide experience – what it’s really like getting around in Nepal

    “Every time we thought we were getting somewhere, the road would simply disappear. Sometimes it was under a pile of mud and sand and trees and rocks. Sometimes under a river that before was just a few inches deep and now is too fast and too deep to cross without being swept away. Even with… Read more »

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    Posted on 10th July 2015 by
  • Follow up from Yalung, Dolakha

      This exquisite statue of Chenrezik in Sharbhakasha Monastery (shown in the main picture before the earthquake) is seven hundred years old, an irreplaceable part of Nepal’s heritage. In our previous report (which you can read here) we told readers about the jasta and donations we sent to help this and other monastaries in and around… Read more »

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    Posted on 9th July 2015 by
  • The Magic of Art

    Kiran Karjit lives in Sitapaila, where she used to run a school. The school collapsed in the earthquake and Kiran found herself living under a tarpaulin with two other families recently arrived in Katmandu from mountain villages that were completely destroyed. “As I stayed with these families I noticed how the children were scared. In the… Read more »

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    Posted on 8th July 2015 by
  • Bringing inspiration to two mountain communities

    Recovery after a huge and shocking event is not only about practical things. Once food, water, medicine and shelter have been taken care of, what we need is the will to carry on, the strength to get back on our feet and, in many cases, start again from the beginning. Many have spoken about the… Read more »

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    Posted on 7th July 2015 by