Nepali child in Tansen, Nepal.

Smiles in Tansen, Nepal. June, 2011.
Photo: Kyla Storry

Nepal is on the other side of the world. It seems so far away. Yet it’s not. The earthquake that hit, and hit hard, is hitting Canada too. My sister visited the country a couple of years ago and I have several  friends who have lived and travelled to Kathmandu. Through their stories I’ve heard about a country that smiles through its struggles. On Saturday the lives of Nepalis were changed by the churning jaws of Earth.

The earthquake brought damage, destruction, death. And waiting. Waiting to hear that loved ones are safe. Waiting to hear their voices or see their messages over e-mail or Facebook. My sister was lucky and only spent a few hours wondering about the fate of her friends. They weren’t hurt. But they’re not OK. Far from it:

“(Our) mothers’ houses are mostly cracked and about to collapse due to very old houses and made by stone and mud, we are all safe, thank you so much for your prayers. There is still a huge fear in our hearts due to frequent quakes happening time to time. It is very important your prayer at the moment. It’s been 2 nights since we are sleeping outside of the house with this disastrous earth quake.”

 Birkha and Dhana

Some of us make new connections when we travel. We share stories and cultures and

Before: At the temple in the UNESCO world heritage site of Bhaktapur, June 2011. Photo: Kyla Storry After: Click here: http://bit.ly/1OteJPO

Before:
At the temple in the UNESCO world heritage site of Bhaktapur, June 2011.
Photo: Kyla Storry
After:
Click here: http://bit.ly/1OteJPO

interesting things about our lives. We invest time and energy getting to know these people. Back at home we trade the occasional status update or photo in order to keep the thread of our vacation memories from slipping away. But here is our chance to make our worlds collide again. It’s in the time of sheer pain and disaster that our global relationships pay off. We in Canada have the power to help. Will you?

Winnipeg Centre Vineyard

Plan Canada

The Canadian Red Cross

Unicef Canada

CARE Canada

SOS Children’s Villages

Doctors Without Borders

The Lions Clubs International Foundation

Canadian Medical Assistance Teams

Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund

World Vision

ShelterBoxCanada