Help for Nepal's earthquake victims

$7,325 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 16 months
Alex Penaloza Suarez   JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY
We witnessed the devastating earthquake in Nepal when driving from the mountains into the capital Kathmandu. Many people lost their lives, homes and their livelihood. In the coming days it's expected to become more difficult to obtain provisions and people are living on the street out of fear for collapsing buildings. We want to help by offering food, water and clothing as well as funds to help rebuilt their whole existences. All funds will be given to the Buddhist organization Jigme Dzogchen Ling headed by the venerable Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche based in Kathmandu.
http://www.4jigmes.org
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Update 11
14 months ago
To all the wonderful people out there, who helped us raising more than seven times more than our goal:

When I was 4 years old I was in the car when a huge earthquake stroke Mexico City. The effects were equally devastating as the eartquake that hit Nepal on April 25th this year.
I was too young to understand what was going on but I do remember my mother and relatives helping by preparing food and drinks for all the volunteers out there to get people out of the rubble.
There are many parallels between the two events in Nepal and Mexico, among them is the change of attitude towards one another. Before, people were just doing their thing, trying to survive not aware of the suffering and struggle of their neighbour, colleague or any other person around them.
But the earthquake opened their eyes and their hearts. Everybody developed from one moment to another the amazing ability to show love and compassion - regardless of their belief, skin color or social status. Everybody was helping whoever needed it and wherever it was needed. There was no discrimination, just the pure motivation to be useful driven by the immense sense of solidarity.
I feel that I got this legacy from my people in Mexico, the good example from my parents to help, and the amazing pattern of all virtues from Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche and his wife Khandro. Both showed us in every moment compassion, generosity and pure love for all sentient beings.
Thus, it was an immediate desire to set up a campaign to help the Nepalese people - not only because we were there, we survived, we lived it through for a few more days. But above all to share this legacy and to put into action the universal law of all religions: Love and Compassion.
When, all unexperienced, we set up this campaign, we had a goal of $1000. We knew how much that is in Nepal and therefore we had never expected to raise $7325!
As I'm writing this I have tears in my eyes, because it's not only the money you all donated, it's your pure and genuine intention, it's the words you sent us in messages that touched my heart, it's the support you showed us by sharing.
Although there is much more to do and so many more people in need, we decided to stop receiving donations for two reasons:
1. Transferring the money started to cost us fees, that we don't want to take out of the donations, but they are becoming too much.
2. Only until a certain amount donations are not subject to taxes and we are getting close to that limit.

However, we are still going to write a few updates so that you know what all of you helped to achieve.

And last but not least, there are so many great campaigns out there! Share them, join them, keep helping wherever you can. Every small action will always have a huge impact, such as when you throw a stone in the water: The circle of small waves become bigger and bigger.

In love and gratitude,

Kirsten
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Update 10
14 months ago
ས་ག་ཟླ་བའི་དུས་ཟླ་གཅིག་གི་རིང་ཚ་བའི་ནང་དུ་མཆོད་རྟེན་སྐོར་བ་ཕེབས་མཁན་ཚང་མ་དང་ཆུ་འཐུང་ཡ་མེད་མཁན་རྣམས་ཀྱི་ཆེད་དུ་ཆུ་སྣོད་ཆེ་བ་དྲུག་བརྒྱ་དང་ཉི་ཤུ་ཉིན་རེ་ཆུ་སྣོད་ཆེ་བ་ཉི་ཤུ་ཙམ་འགྲོ་བཞིན་ཡོད་ཕྱག་ལས་གནང་མཁན་གྲ་བ་གཅིག་དང་ཕྱག་རོགས་བཅས་

Dear friends, an update from our ongoing relief efforts in Nepal from Khadro Jigme Wangmo and Sangngag Zogpachenpo Tenzin. We will be ending this campaign on June 5th so please, continue to share these efforts with your friends.

For people that live in Swayambhu (a neighborhood in Kathmandu with a beautiful stupa, also know as Monkey temple which suffered much damage during the earthquakes) the summer weather is in full swing and temperatures are increasing. Unfortunately, many people here don't have access to clean and free drinking water. A very kind Lama (pictured below) has taken the initiative in providing clean drinking water to the people, monkeys and all the dogs. Therefore, we were happy to contribute a month's worth of drinking water which will be available to all who need it. For the holiest month in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar called Saka Dawa Duchen, many people have been visiting this holy site so we sincerely pray that this offering will quench the thirst of all beings!
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Update 9
15 months ago
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ཁ་སང་དེ་རིང་ཉིན་གཉིས་རིང་ཚ་བའི་ནང་དུ་ཆུ་སྦྱིན་།
An update from Nepal and our current relief efforts:
For the past week, Sangngag Zogpachenpo Tenzin and his wife Khadro Jigme Wangmo along with a group of volunteers from our Sangha have been distributing drinking water to the people who are still living outside in make shift tents since the country is still experiencing aftershocks. The weather is becoming hotter and monsoon season is upon them, which means that many people who are outside are experiencing dehydration. With the lack of portable and affordable drinking water, these efforts have done much to provide some much needed relief to the people in parts of Kathmandu. People are still in need of tents, drinking water, and essential items such as face masks and hydration salts as well as other first aid medicine. Unfortunately, we have heard from people within Nepal that many of the physical donations that have been sent from donors from all over the world have been left out in the airport tarmac without reaching the people. Furthermore, we heard that the government has been appropriating much of the funds sent into Nepali banks. For this reason, we are continuing to send your donations via Western Union since it's the only way we believe every single cent will reach those in needt. Please continue to share this page among friends and others and if you can, please continue your donations, even if it's in the smallest amount. We continue to thank you for all your amazing help.
Alex and Kirsten, Rinpoche, Khandro
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Update 8
15 months ago
ཁ་སང་དེ་རིང་ང་ཚོས་ས་འགུལ་ཛ་དྲག་གི་ས་ཆ་སུན་དི་པལ་ཅོག་གི་ལུང་ཁུག་ཁང་པ་ཚང་མ་ཐོར་ནས་སྡོད་གནས་མེད་སར་ཐེངས་འདིར་གུར་བཅུ་དང་ས་གནས་གཞན་དུ་དྲུག་བཅས་གུར་ཆེན་པོ་བཅུ་དྲུགཙམ་སྤྲད། འབྲེལ་ཡོད་བླ་མ་དམ་ཚིག་རྡོ་རྗེ་མཆོག་ནས་ས་གནས་སུ་བླ་མ་ཟླ་བ་རྡོར་རྗེ་བརྒྱུད་ཞབས་ཞུ་སྒྲུབ་བཞིན་ཡོད། འཇིགས་མེད་རྫོགས་ཆེན་གླིང་ནས།

Dear friends and donors,
Three weeks after the first earthquake and few days after the second one hit Nepal, people are even more in need. Houses that remained intact after the first earthquake, did at the end not resist the second one. Many homes and houses collapsed and especially in the remote villages the government fails to provide aid.
On May 15 and 16 Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche and his wife Khandro were able to buy 16 big tarps, which are only available in one single store in Pharping. 10 of those tarps that accommodate up to 20 people were sent to Vaphal village - Ward no.9 Sindhupchok district. Now the whole village is completely destroyed after the second earthquake on May 12. This village is very remote and since government relief has not reached, Lama Dawa Dorjee from the village is working on relief activities for the villagers of 500 families. 250 families so far were able to receive help through him and us. Lama Dawa Dorje has also many volunteers working with him on evaluating the situation in the villages that are difficult to reach and therefore this is a great opportunity to show solidarity, to work together and united for the benefit of all those in need. The other remaining tarps were distributed directly to the people after surveying their situation of collapsed houses in Pharping and surrounding villages. Unfortunately we couldn't buy more tarps, because they were sold out. However, we hope that the supply will come soon, especially knowing that monsoon season is about to start.
With all that said, it fills our hearts with joy and gratitude to see that all our efforts, all your donations are reaching directly the Nepalese people in need. Please keep sharing this campaign, send it to your friends and families or create your own campaign to help a whole nation in despair.
Thanks again!
Rinpoche, Khandro, Alex and Kirsten
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$7,325 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 16 months
Created April 25, 2015
Alex Penaloza Suarez     Nepal   JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY
$300
Anonymous
14 months ago
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$108
Qian Lizotte
14 months ago

Om Mani Padme Hum

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KS
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Katja Stengert
14 months ago (Offline Donation)
HI
$200
Heather Isbell
15 months ago

Thank you for all that you are doing Rinpoche & Lhamo! I wish I was there in Boudha to help!

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RH
$50
Rebecca Hufen
15 months ago
AP
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Andrea Pfeil
15 months ago
KH
$100
Kelly Hansen
15 months ago
$50
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Sergio Lopez
15 months ago

I hope this bit money, help to your great causes! Thanks for doing this!

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