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.