Nepali to go on third trip to help tsunami victims in Lanka

Himalayan News Service

Lalitpur, May 31:

A representative from the Koinonia Patan Church (KPC) is leaving for Galle, Sri Lanka, on June 7 as part of an eight-member team to help tsunami victims. KPC administrator Govinda Awale, who is a member of the Nepal Church Fellowship of Nepal (NCFN), said, “We will be visiting the tsunami-hit regions of Galle, Matatra and Hikkaduwa.” This is his third trip to help Lankan tsunami victims. Awale, who will be going with seven others, all Americans, said, “We have raised funds from 200 churches in Nepal through NCFN networking,” adding the funds are still being raised and an amount has not been fixed. The funds raised will be utilised through the Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka. In partnership with an American organisation, Bridging the World Mission, two Nepalis (one of them Awale), accompanied an American tea for the first time on a weeklong survey of tsunami-hit regions in Sri Lanka on January 8. “On our second visit on January 31, we distributed medicines and clothes.” Four Nepalis and two Americans had helped in medical camps and reconstruction work for 23 days. This time, too, it would be reconstruction, he said.