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Urgent Request on Behalf of Tibetan Earthquake Survivors

Posted on: April 21st, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Tibetan Earthquake rescue photo

Tibetan monks search for survivors. Photo courtesy of AHF.

Dear  AAC friends,

As conservators of the great outdoors, I imagine many of you have visited the Himalayas, reveled in its vast beauty, and enjoyed the company and hospitality of the  Tibetans, Sherpa and Nepalis who live there. Despite its invaluable cultural and natural assets,  many people in the Himalayas struggle to survive each day.

It is therefore with sadness and urgency that I write to ask for your support in response to the series of strong earthquakes that struck in remote Yushu, Tibet (Qinghai Province) on April 14th, creating disaster in an already struggling region. Images of the devastation are horrific. The death toll continues to rise; official state figures are: 2,039 Tibetans dead, more than 12,000 injured, and at least 100,000 left homeless in bone-chilling temperatures. Buddhist monks have played a critical role organizing search and rescue groups, as well as offering comfort and holding vigil for the dead.

As details continue to emerge, the American Himalayan Foundation is acting right away to respond to this tragedy.  AHF (www.himalayan-foundation.org) has worked with the Tibetans in Yushu for over ten years: on education, clean water systems, clinics and bridges. Thankfully, we have learned that our Tibetan partners are alive. But they need our help immediately.

AHF is accepting donations through our website targeted for earthquake relief. 100% of these emergency gifts will go directly to help our partners in Yushu and, as always, are fully tax-deductible. With our track record – a decade of on- the-ground experience with the Tibetans in Yushu – we know how to get help to those who need it. But we need your help to be able to do so!

Please make a donation and specify “Tibet Earthquake” in the “Note for AHF”. Or call  Norbu Tenzing Norgay at at 415.288.7250.

The following link will take you to AHF’s Facebook page where you can see photos we received from our partners in Tibet yesterday.  They are heartbreaking reminders of how much has been lost and how much is needed.  http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-american-himalayan-foundation/update-from-yushu/391456352670

Thank you for your help and concern,

-Norbu Tenzing Norgay