Nepal Update 30 July 2015

posted 30.07.2015

Dear brothers and sisters-in-Christ,

Thank you so much for mobilising prayers and strong financial support towards the relief work in Nepal over the last 3 months. You have given the people in one of the worse hit areas a sense of hope in the midst of this very trying time.

I am pleased to inform you that through ACROSS, our partners, and the Deanery of Nepal we have, over the last 3 months, sent 7 medical teams (from ACROSS & St John's St Margaret's Church) to Kathmandu and the district of Dhading (Tawal, Choke & Laba village); as well as contributed 2,000 tarpaulins and 1,700 bundles of zinc sheets for temporary shelters for 3,700 families; 500 blankets; 1.5 tonnes of used clothing; water filtration devices and 20 tonnes of rice and food supplies. I wish to also highlight that in the midst of this crisis and relief work, Bishop Rennis travelled to Nepal to ordain 3 local pastors to the Diaconate in Kathmandu.

While it was reported that "Nepal is on the mend" (Straits Times, 25 July 2015), many are in fact still living in temporary shelters and children are attending classes in make shift shelters. This state of living conditions is made even more difficult with the current monsoons which has already caused multiple landslides and flooding. With 530,000 homes and 4,300 schools destroyed in the country, the rebuilding work ahead of us is mammoth. But with God nothing is impossible.

I am appealing to individuals, parishes, churches and organisations to support us in the rebuilding of the 30 church buildings that the Anglican Church in Nepal has lost. We are intending to start this rebuilding work in October. These church buildings will be used as temporary communal halls for the community to take shelter, especially during the coming winter season. Hence it will be important that we start the rebuilding as soon as this monsoon season is over. The church buildings  will continue to be used as worship halls on Saturdays. The cost to rebuild each church building is S$50,000. The amount will support:

1. Construction of a single level church building of up to 1500 sq ft (inclusive of soil testing, engineering fees & other fees).
2. Installation of solar panels for electricity and lights.
3. Transportation of building materials to the rural mountainous area.
4. Wages for workers.

Please let me know if you require more information. If your parish is ready to support us in this rebuilding phase, you may write a cheque to - “Deanery of Nepal” (indicate behind the cheque - "Rebuilding Nepal") and mail the cheque to the Diocese of Singapore: 1 Francis Thomas Drive #01-01, Singapore 359340; or to All Saints’ Church: 600 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487012, and attention the mail to me. We also hope that you will consider some form of mission partnership with the congregation/church that you are helping to rebuild.

Thank you for taking time to prayerfully consider this appeal. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours in Christ,

Lewis Lew
(Dean of Nepal)