Dr Ian Matheson and his wife Rosa returned to Nepal on 22 March for six weeks, to mark the anniversary of the 2015 earthquake that shattered the small mountainous nation.
The Highworth couple were part of Health Partnership Nepal in Spring 2009. Whilst in Kathmandu they were approached by Amrit Bikram Shahi, now known as Angel, requesting the assistance of a doctor and medicines for some children who were unwell in his orphanage.
The couple have been supporting Angel’s Orphanage ever since, fundraising and making regular visits to deliver supplies, toys and essential materials. All of this they have done through the charity they created called Friends of Angel’s Orphanage.
Angel looks after a group of orphaned and abandoned street children who have been together for several years. The Friends provide money for food, shelter, education and now employment training.
In 2015 Rosa and Ian left the country a couple of days before the huge earthquake which struck.
Their experiences and those of 50 others including volunteers, doctors, students and children from across the world have been documented in a new book to raise money and awareness of the impact of the devastation: Earthquake Nepal 2015 – The Human Story.
Rosa said: “We hope to have the book printed in Nepal, so as much money goes back into the country as possible. We will be out there for the anniversary on 25 April and will be returning with copies of books to sell in the UK for £10 each.
“Our luggage includes all the usual items like knitting wool, pencils and books which have very kindly been donated this time by James Phipps and his wife.
“We’ve had so many donations since our last visit late last year that it will take a few trips to deliver it all.”
Rosa and Ian have joined fellow trustee Brian Mildenhall who has been in Nepal since early March.
Help Friends of Angel’s Orphanage via: www.angelsorphanage.com