Group ral­lies help for dev­as­tated Nepal

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

As earth­quakes con­tinue to rat­tle Nepal a Grey Lynn or­gan­i­sa­tion is do­ing its part to help.

A mag­ni­tude 7.3 earth­quake struck Nepal on May 12, bring­ing down build­ings and adding a fur­ther 66 deaths to the April 25 quake that left more than 8000 dead.

Ananda Marga New Zealand in Grey Lynn is work­ing hard to pro­vide food, med­i­cal care, and shel­ter to those af­fected by the dev­as­tat­ing quakes.

Re­gional co-or­di­na­tor Da’da’ Shud­dha’ Tma’nanda says they are try­ing to give aid any way they can.

‘‘We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to give phys­i­cal help and spir­i­tual help to those who are in need,’’ he says.

Ananda Marga is a global spir­i­tual and so­cial ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion which is work­ing in other cen­tres across New Zealand too. Mem­bers have raised more than $1800 so far, $700 com­ing from the Grey Lynn cen­tre.

Tma’nanda, from Grey Lynn, says ev­ery lit­tle bit helps.

More than 100 vol­un­teers are in Nepal help­ing dis­trib­ute aid.

With scarce drink­ing wa­ter and food avail­able Ananda Marga has set up re­lief camps in eight earth­quake-ef­fected dis­tricts across Nepal.

Food parcels, tar­pau­lins and med­i­cal treat­ment has since reached thou­sands of peo­ple.

‘‘In Nepal ev­ery­thing is bro­ken,’’ co-or­di­na­tor Vic­tor Fil­bry says.

‘‘[Our vol­un­teers] buy food and sup­plies in In­dia and send them across the bor­der to help.

‘‘They are work­ing all hours of the day and night.’’

Thou­sands of peo­ple have al­ready re­ceived help from dona­tions out of Auck­land but Tma’nanda says there is still a long way to go.

As a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion 90 per cent of what is raised will go to­wards help­ing those af­fected by the earth­quakes, with the re­main­ing 10 per cent used for trans­port­ing vol­un­teers.

Med­i­cal teams from Ananda Marga have al­ready treated more than 7000 peo­ple.

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