Today at Ka-nying Shedrub Ling monastery, where all of the monks and many lay people have been camping since Saturday, we started cleaning up the debris from the earthquake. A lot of plaster cracked and fell off the walls on both the inside and outside of the monastery during the earthquake, so we started sweeping all of this up. Several monks began cleaning up the rooms inside the main monastery where furniture and the like had fallen over. The young monks moved from the make-shift tent in the monastery field into the large assembly hall, the lower storey of one of the new monastery buildings, (after a well-needed shower!) and most of the elder monks will sleep in their rooms tonight. Many others though will continue to sleep in the tents outside though, either because their houses or rooms have been damaged or because they still feel afraid to sleep inside.
Tomorrow one of our European sangha members who is an architect will go up to Riwoche monastery and assess the damage there. If he gives the monastery and monks quarters the all-clear, we will move the young monks back inside. (All of the Riwoche monks, with the exception of five of the elder monks who have been camping on the monastery lawn in order to keep the monastery secure, have been staying at Ka-nying Shedrub Ling since Saturday.) We hope he will be able to examine the Vajra Varahi monastery and clinic in Chapagaon as well within a day or two. In general, we are all in good spirits. The elder monks and sangha members at Ka-nying Shedrub Ling have been going to various areas of the city today to help start cleaning up the debris and damage.
Our monks, nuns, and the local sangha members have been gathering information from their local villages and other places and reporting the information to coordinators at the monastery. So planning and assessments regarding which areas are in the greatest need and how and when we can help them with food, shelter, medical supplies and staff and so on continue in earnest.