The following story comes to us courtesy of SIM's partner in Nepal, United Mission to Nepal. SIM will work alongside UMN in providing disaster relief and reconstruction. See their website here.
By Lyn Jackson
Fourteen-year-old Dipesh was bathing when the earthquake struck. To him, it felt as though the whole earth was shaking itself to pieces. First one side of his building crumbled. Then the whole building was falling down around him. He rushed outside to find that everywhere buildings were toppling as the shaking continued. Terrified, Dipesh and his neighbours huddled in the open space where two roads meet.
It wasn't until later that they discovered Dipesh's grandmother had not escaped the house. Desperately they searched for her, minutes feeling like hours. When they found her she was trapped by her leg and unable to move. They dug her out and raced her to the hospital, where she is recovering.
Many of Dipesh’s neighbors weren’t as fortunate.
When Dipesh first saw Suresh, from United Mission to Nepal's partner CASA, he ran away and wouldn't speak – so traumatized was he by his experiences in the earthquake. His mother coaxed him out as Suresh began setting up water bottles in the street in the formation for a game of skittles (like bowling). “How many bottles can you knock down?” he asked Dipesh. Gradually, Dipesh engaged with the game and he and Suresh played together for quite a while, forgetting the disaster and having fun.
Often, simple things area what make the biggest difference.
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