Naomi fears for Nepal ‘parents’
A CHARITY volunteer who went to Nepal has spoken of her worry for the couple she calls her Nepalese ‘mum and dad’ after the earthquake that struck the country.
Naomi Hatch, 26, returned three weeks ago from three months volunteering in the country for the charity Restless Development and has been frantically trying to contact her host parents Sita and Ravi since the disaster on Saturday.
Through a Facebook page, she has confirmed the safety of fellow volunteers and most others she knew but has yet to hear from the couple that meant so much to her.
Naomi, who grew up on Hurdsfield Road in Macclesfield, said: “It’s horrendous. I was really close to my host parents - you live with them, eat with them, they’re like your mum and dad.”
She added: “A little girl in Nandu, the village where I lived, told one of the volunteers she had heard they were okay but that a lot of people had died.
“Ravi was the headmaster of the local school so maybe they took shelter in there but no-one has phoned me because the electric would have been cut off.
“Kathmandu is quite built-up but in Nandu it’s mud shacks, no water supply and sparse electricity.
“In Nepal more people have mobile phones than toilets but the damage would have cut off everything.
“If I could, I would get a plane straight back there but you can’t just rock up to an earthquake site.”
The former advertising employee claimed the country was one of the most beautiful places she had ever seen, despite growing fed up with the diet of lentils, rice and curry starting at 9.30am. She added: “Every time you turn a corner you see these massive snowcapped mountains.
“The people are so friendly and hospitable - it’s never any trouble to cook you dinner and I was invited to six weddings.
“You worry as a white person they’ll think you’re patronising them but they don’t.”
She admitted though that she was shocked by the country’s poverty.
She said: “When you think of poverty you think of Africa but they are so poor in Nepal and to have this earthquake hit people who have nothing already is just heartbreaking.”
Naomi is raising funds for the survivors via a Facebook page: ‘Help us Help Nepal’ where donations can be made.