“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!” – Swiss Philosopher, poet and critic Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

NEPAL – Laprak

Laprak village is one of the villages that were at the epicenter of the 7. 9 Richter scale earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April 2015.  Most of the homes were obliterated, forcing residents to seek higher and safer ground.  The villagers split into 4-5 locations, the largest settlement of about 3,000 settled on a relatively flat land, at 2,700m.

After the initial search, rescue and relief by large organisations,  a group of Malaysians headed by Maxby Chan mooted a self-help aid assisting the rebuilding of the homes from tarpaulin tents, especially to those marginalized  from the system, with the supply of CGI sheets, to have a roof over their heads.  Next came the supply of solar lights and panels to give them much needed light and heat.  A guest house and kitchen were built to give some basic comforts to volunteers coming to the village to assist.  FRS is happy to be part of this group of passionate group of self-help.

More recently, a mini hydroelectric generator was provided together turbines, alternators, control boards and power cables were laid by the locals.

In January 2017, a master plan by Nepal finally gets translated into action to have proper permanent homes for the villagers.