Today, May 2nd, Thailand’s Public Broadcasting Service television station visited Ka-nying Shedrub Ling monastery to interview our Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation relief team here. They recorded and will televise Phakchok Rinpoche describing the relief efforts of the organization. He described the immediate response process to the earthquake, stating that the first step was to determine where the earthquake had caused the greatest destruction and then to determine which supplies were most needed by sending scouts to the affected areas. Phakchok Rinpoche relayed that the current reported requests from victims are tarps, tents, and medicine. He then described how the team is most effective by always checking what is needed and then delivering those needs. “We first send people to the areas to look where no others have reached and then we bring aid. We are always doing work where not much aid has reached”, he told Thai PBS.
Rinpoche stated that we must respond to the crisis because nearly all monks of Ka-nying Shedrub Ling monastery are from these affected areas but also stressed that aid is given to all, not solely Buddhist communities. He noted the affiliation with communities in Thailand where several friends and students are contributing donations as well as the affiliation with a small monastery in Hetauda that is aiding in purchasing supplies which have been depleted in Kathmandu. Though there is aid coming from many cities and nations, much help is still needed to reach out on a larger scale. Rinpoche concluded, “We are not a big community of people, but we are doing grand work”.