28th April 2015
We are all very conscious of all the people who are suffering in Nepal at this time, and particularly of our sisters, colleagues and students affected by the earthquake. The tremors were felt throughout Darjeeling, Lolay, Sadam, Siliguri and neighbouring areas, and tremors are continuing, which is very traumatic for everyone.
The good news is that all our sisters in Dharan, Darjeeling, Lolay and Sadam are safe. The sisters in Dharan along with the 17 hostel girls are sleeping outside with neighbours as they are fearful for aftershocks. The communities in the mission houses and Darjeeling are also living with great fear. Families living in small villages below the convent in Darjeeling have been given shelter in the convent grounds.
Geraldine Moktan’s family in Kathmandu are among the many living in tents with food and water becoming scarce. Ganga’s family who live out of Kathmandu are all safe. The CJ sisters in Kathmandu are all safe and are also sleeping outside in tents for fear of aftershocks.
While buildings are damaged what is causing the most concern is that our sisters and people around them are traumatized, watching and waiting for the next quake, unable to focus on anything else. Water and electricity supplies are in very short supply and people are also concerned about family members.
We continue to hold them all in prayer, and when the emergency settles we can assess the damage to property and see what needs to be done. In the meantime we send our prayers and blessings to our sisters in the South Asia Province, especially those close to the earthquake area.
With every blessing
Anita IBVM & Noelle IBVM
Province Leader Institute Leader