Hotes Foundation Distributes Non-Perishables to Remote Nepalese Villages
After surviving Nepal's second major quake, the Hotes Foundation Team got right back to the business of rushing to buy food and other items from small corner shops that were still open in Kathmandu.
We had previously identified 66 villages with no significant help. We chose to help the village that was the most devastated, most remote and had the largest population affected. To make matters worse in this village, landslides blocked the only road into the village. After buying out stores of all their non-perishable goods we were seeking, one part of our team moved the relief items by vehicle as far North into the mountains as possible. Meanwhile, the second part of the team flew via helicopter into the most devastated and isolated village we had found.
Hotes Volunteers prepared the villagers to receive the goods by grouping each family together outside the village's collapsed monastery while the single available helicopter ferried the relief goods up to the village from the end of the passable road 5 miles below.
Less than 24 hours after Nepal's second major earthquake, the Hotes Foundation team members personally handed each and every family noodles, rice, sleeping bags, and fortified milk powder. These relief items were lifted in 20 helicopter loads to provide for the entire village of 450 people in the Helambu region. (We do not deliver to victims using lines because lines are both demeaning and an ineffective method for fair and equal distributions).