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The Australian Himalayan Foundation works to help the people of the Himalaya to improve their health and education in Nepal, the Indian Himalaya and Bhutan. After the two 2015 devastating earthquakes, the team is delivering practical, direct assistance to those who are most in need, and are focused on the Solu Khumbu (Everest) region.
By
Rajish Aryal / SBS Radio Nepali

20 May 2015 - 11:13 PM  UPDATED 16 May 2015 - 3:06 PM

The Solu Khumbu (Everest) region was badly affected by the second earthquake. This is the same area where they have been working for over ten years but also Bhaktapur, Sindhupalchok, the district of Gorkha and the valley of Langtang.

SBS Radio Nepali talked with Tshering Lama O'Gorman, Program Director of the Foundation. Tshering is originally from Nepal and has over 15 years professional NGO experience working across Nepal, Bhutan, India, China, Uganda and U.K.. She was a senior manager for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for nine years and was appointed as AHF’s Program Director in November 2014.

The recent earthquake on Tuesday 12th May has severely damaged many of the communities in the extremely poor lower Solu Khumbu district, where the foundation's Teacher Training and Quality Education program is helping hundreds of children, families and schools. Many of the these communities rely primarily on subsistence farming for food and survival.

The damage and destruction from the second quake in this area is much greater than the one on April 25, with many houses and schools collapsing and major landslides occurring. 

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the website: http://www.australianhimalayanfoundation.org.au/