Rosa and Ian Matheson from Highworth coordinate help for Angel’s orphanage in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Following a month long visit, they left the country a couple of days before the devastating earthquake suddenly struck on 25 April.
They have been able to maintain daily contact with Angel and his wife and the children who have been able to go back to the house.
Update Monday 4 May 2015
Good News. We talked to our amazing children again today; they are back in the house.
It has several cracks but they do not appear serious; we are seeking an Engineer to assess it for us. So they remain vigilant and alert as there are still after-shocks each day. The children remain cheerful and upbeat, we’re really pleased that so many people are asking after them.
‘Say “thank you” for us Aunty’ they told me. The children love to say ‘thank you’ and we have come back with lots of their letters and cards and posters to supporters which is a BIG highlight of each visit.
‘I’ll do that one’ is a constant cry……. and the things they write are so heartfelt…’Hello I am Biru ..thank you very much that you are helping us. You are all so kind we cannot believe how much you have helped us. God will always bless you. Always be happy and healthy.’
Thank you for helping and support us’. and Yangzi – ‘saying thank you is easy but I say thank you very much for everything from my whole inside the heart not just by the mouth’…..
Is the Nepal earthquake relief aid money getting through? Rosa gives her assessment and her advice on the best way to send funds to Nepal, and how to help Angel’s Orphanage. Read more at the Friends’ Facebook page
Pictured above, Rosa and Ian with children at Angel’s wearing football shirts donated from Swindon in 2012
Rosa’s update on 29 April 2015
It is heart-warming to receive all your mails and Facebook messages of concern and support. Please take this as a personal BIG ‘thanks’ on behalf of our children and the people of Nepal.
We have been amazingly fortunate in being able to contact Aishwarya and the children almost everyday. She and the children are really doing well – staying incredibly calm and being practical. Each time we talk they tell us ‘don’t worry about us’ – as if that were a remote possibility. Luckily we had left her cash for paying different bills over the next few months so she has money in hand as the food money for this month has been spent.
Our children are unharmed. They are living in the garden of the orphanage during the day and sleeping in a nearby neighbour’s garden under plastic during the night. A good bit of the food money went on the plastic. They are using their mattresses from the house which will obviously be being placed on the ground which is now sodden from the heavy rain you will have seen on TV news reports.
Our eldest boys Raju and Nischal have checked the house and report a crack in the concrete outside the kitchen. We do not know how far in it goes and hopefully it is of no importance. We hope some of our Nepalese supporters are able to get there today to check it more thoroughly. ImanSing and Nischal are in charge of filtering all the water – remember we had 6 children ill with typhoid just before Christmas because of bad water. The new big kitchen filter is working when there is power but there is very little power up til now.
We know food is running low. There is usually little in the house at the end of each fortnight when food money is nearly finished. Aishwarya says there are still only one or two shops open which are selling food. She tried to get gas yesterday but none was available. We have told her to try to buy in as much as she can.
We have had many enquiries to help the children and the people of Nepal. For us you can donate in the usual way, via angelsorphanage.com or Angel’s page at The Big Give
To help Nepal we have suggested working with people we personally know: Health Partnership Nepal whom we went to Nepal with the first time we were there via
https://www.justgiving.com/SGHsummerball although this seems to be a bit unreliable.
OR you can donate to the Friends of Angel’s Orphanage as before, BUT PLEASE MARK IT: NEPAL or MEDICINE or EMERGENCY so we can identify where to spend it, and you know we will spend it well.
We have also heard from our doctor friend Archana. She is working at one of the main hospitals where everything is running out. She has given us a list of the most needed items and we are trying to get them today. Some of this might still be available in Nepal or we may have to buy in Oman or UK and think how to get it there.
We have three friends whose homes have been destroyed. And another we cannot contact despite numerous attempts. Other friends have lost family members.
A Canadian friend still in Nepal is safe and trying to help organise clean drinking water for the many still sleeping outside. She is appealing for funds and we’ll try to help her. She is very much a get things done person and won’t waste a penny.
Unhappily things are likely to get worse before getting better. Please spread the word. Nepal was a very poor country with little infrastructure before this calamity…now it is devastated.
27 April 2015
A Swindon couple who travelled to Nepal in March have contacted Swindon Link to say the children at Angel’s orphanage in the capital of Nepal are unharmed following the devastating earthquake that hit the region on Saturday 25 April, and the orphanage building is still standing.
Rosa and Ian Matheson left Nepal three days before the earthquake struck without warning, killing thousands of people in Kathmandu and around Everest base camp. The death toll will rise dramatically as rescue teams from around the world push closer to the epicentre of the earthquake 50 miles west of Kathmandu, to reach inaccessible regions where villages have been cut off and perhaps destroyed by landslides.
They are now in Oman for a few days but have watched with horror as the country they’ve come to love has been brought low by the natural disaster. Rosa and Ian, from Highworth went to Nepal on a medical mission in 2009 where they were asked to visit a group of orphaned street children who a sherpa called Angel and his wife had provided refuge for. They were all in poor condition physically because of poverty and Angel’s struggle to find enough well paid work to support the children.
Rosa and Ian resolved to help Angel and his wife and six years on, with help from a growing band of supporters from Wiltshire, the children now aged 6 to 16 are in good health, receiving good education and the oldest are being placed in apprenticeships.
But after five years of settled living, and with rents rocketing in Kathmandu, the owner of the orphanage building has put it up for sale and Rosa and Ian have until September to find another property for to relocate Angel’s extended family.
Rosa emailed Swindon Link: “We were fortunate to get through to Angel fairly quickly and we’re immensely relieved they are safe. The house is still standing and so is the electricity pylon in the garden which was our main worry. If that had toppled over with cables everywhere the family would have had to move out.
“Although the children are pretty unphased about what has happened, the conditions around them are pretty desperate and things will get tougher for sometime yet. Our biggest worries now are drains and the water supply. The house is supplied by its own well but if it has become contaminated, typhoid is a major danger. Getting supplies of food and drinking water in is hard enough in normal times, so it’s going to be a lot more difficult to help Angel’s family.
“It breaks our heart for Nepal and Kathmandu. They have been trying so hard to make improvements and we were saying when we were there recently that Kathmandu was improving and getting cleaner, the traffic was a little more controlled and there are more pavements. Now all that effort has been destroyed and they have to start again.
“Nepal is such a poor country and so often overlooked in contrast to the attention given to Africa and South America. If there is such a thing a ‘good’ coming out of disaster, the world’s attention will now focus on Nepal and there will be both immediate aid relief and long term investment in the country to help them get on their feet again.”
Rosa and Ian are asking all their contacts and supporters of Angel’s to continue making donations to build up a contingency fund to tie the orphanage over. Their objective when they travelled to Kathmandu in March was to find a new property to rent. But with all the destruction from the earthquake and the likelihood of many buildings still standing having to be torn down because they are no longer safe to use, the shortage of living space will send rents and property prices sky high. Property was already very expensive because of population migration to the capital and the large number of non-governmental agencies (NGOs) based in the capital.
To help contact Rosa at: email@example.com
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