A Brief Update about our Relief Activities (2015 June 5)
Our monks of Lava Monastery and nurse Lhadon of Jamgon Kongtrul IIIrd Memorial Healthcare Centre are doing their best to help victims of the mudslides. The monks are managing the situation in Lava well and they are also praying for those who died in accordance with the wish of H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. We share some news from the local press:
Monks at forefront of rescue efforts in Lava
EOI, KALIMPONG, 3 Jul 2015: Monks of Lava monastery in Kalimpong have formed themselves into teams, providing whatever relief they could salvage to the victims of landslides, setting an example. The monks, themselves victims of the landslide, went as teams to remote villages of Lava to provide assistance. They joined the local people in rescuing those trapped inside fallen houses and carrying the injured on their back. With Kalimpong being far away from the area, the injured persons were brought to a small clinic run under the Lava monastery where they were given basic aid.
The monastery officials also opened its stock room to provide ration and other essentials to the villagers who had not eaten anything for the past few days.
The open courtyards of the monastery also served as a temporary emergency camp for those seeking refuge after their houses were destroyed and got nowhere to evacuate.
“Seeing the large influx of people into the monastery trusting us with their lives, we know we have a task at hand to make sure that we live up to it,” said a monk from the monastery.