Naomi fears for Nepal ‘par­ents’

Macclesfield Express - - VE DAY SPECIAL -

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.

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