Surprisingly, one of the things most shocking to me has been the knowledge that even through the worst of this experience he still had the use of his cell phone!
I just couldn't grasp that at all, until he explained to me that he gets satellite reception, and can power up with solar energy.
Does this mean that in North America we would be actually much worse off in the event of a similar disaster? Are you able to have solar energy as a power backup for when the big one hits? I don't know anyone here that has.
Walking in the shoes of another . . .
Perhaps I would discover strengths I hadn't been aware of. That would be the best outcome, especially if I could manage to help others the way Vinaya has.
Now there are millions of displaced people in Nepal, probably many more deaths than the people there or other countries are even aware of, because of the lack of resources and inability to reach the very rural villages.
Even with the Internet, it's just too far away for most of us to visualize and empathize with how people are struggling there. And that's always been the way, regardless of how quickly the news reaches us of these events.
Thanks to the Internet, we "know" someone there!
Vinaya has been writing and sharing with this group of writers for years now. We suddenly feel a close association, a wish to help. For us he is the face of the disaster.
When massive tragedy such as this hits, those who have escaped it will normally give thanks it wasn't them affected, then many will donate to help the stricken, and after that get on with life, feeling they've done what they could.
Aid organizations struggle to meet the demands on them; these disasters seem to be happening with alarming frequency. Added to this there have been fraudulent activities within the same organizations, leading to donor reluctance and fatigue.
Back to Vinaya. He has received an outpouring of support and donations from his online friends. We worry about him, his family and his countrymen and women. How will they recover, when so many deaths have happened, when so many are displaced, when families are fractured and broken?
When he writes he will earn $2.00 for each article. He'll choose his favorite comment from all who write in response to his article. That person will receive $1.00. Payout happens when you or he reach $8.00. This arrangement will continue for as long as it takes.
Pathetic amount, you think. But $8.00 goes a long way to feed a number of people in Nepal.
This week I haven't received an article from Vinaya. It's impossible to tell why. Maybe it's a delayed shock reaction. Perhaps something else has happened in his area...
Who knows? When he comes back to writing and shares his story, we'll be waiting.
Want to read more about the Nepal Earthquake from Vinaya? You'll find it here and also his most recent article here.
Reassuring note from June 7 ( just before prepping for this article)
The beauty of it is, he shouldn't and doesn't have to feel any pressure. His friends are okay with whatever he chooses to do!
Adopt a writer?
It might seem a scatterbrained idea. But just maybe . . . It could provide recognition, support, hope and ongoing help to those who sincerely need it. You'd truly become a part of the global village.
What do you think?