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A Team Member's Response to the Earthquake

A Team Member's Response to the Earthquake

My name is Dhawa Tashi and I am from Tsum Valley, Nepal. Tsum is a beautiful place located in the Gorkha district of Nepal. It is inhabited by people who speak Tibetan and practice Buddhism. It takes a day on the bus and four days of walking to get to Tsum from Kathmandu. Because of its extreme remoteness, we still don't have Internet! As far as I know so far a few people have died and many houses have been destroyed. We haven't received any immediate emergency help from the government nor from any other organization. It's very sad that I can't do anything. There comes a strong feeling when I think about my hometown. There is nothing much I can do from here in Toronto. It's very depressing when I hear my people and my village are suffering. With this unbearable situation, I find myself in a state of helplessness. My heart is crying from the pain. It hurts so much that I can't be there when they are in need.

Dhawa Tashi is a member of The Compassion Project team (our treasurer). He was born in Tsum and now lives and works in Toronto. His brother, Lama Pema, is currently on the ground in Kathmandu attempting to fly to Tsum by helicopter. He spent today at the Kathmandu airport trying to fly in, unsuccessfully. He is hoping to get into the remote valley tomorrow. Please keep your fingers crossed for his success.


Nepal Earthquake

Nepal Earthquake
The above photo is from Dhading, a village I traveled through on my to Tsum in 2012. The destruction, injury, and loss in Nepal is hard to fathom and many tears have been shed. We are sick with worry. Many of the places I've written about in my book Back Over the Mountains may no longer be… Read more »

Bottle Depot Visit

Bottle Depot Visit
Bottle drives are a great way to support our project. We get people calling, sending Facebook messages, emailing, and even dropping their bottles off. Our friend Camille owns a hair business and is always collecting. She's even got her clients donating! Yesterday I combined her contribution with a… Read more »

A Night in Nepal

A Night in Nepal
On January 17th The Compassion Project hosted its first fundraising event at Prana Yoga Studio in Edmonton. It was an evening of warmth and fun that I think touched many of our hearts. We raised approximately $4,500 dollars in a single night thanks to all those who came (more than 60 people!), the… Read more »