Nepal earthquake-the worlds a small place.
Most of you would be aware of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. I was fortunate to spend four weeks trekking there last year with my wife Mandy.( My WA profile picture was taken high in Himalayan mountains.)
I was impressed with the friendly, resilient people who live in this mountainous country. Many have a subsistence lifestyle with no income, but are rich in spirit.
We made close friends with our Nepalese guide Navin on this trek and have regularly keep in touch since. With the news of the earthquake, we tried to make contact with him and his young family. At the best of times internet and phone services are poor so we weren't expecting to make contact for some time due to the disruption of services there.
There are about 25 million people in Nepal so it was to our astonishment and delight while watching a news feed on TV we saw our friend Navin. He was in Katmandu hospital so had obviously been injured but was conscious and alive.The chances of seeing someone like that on a news feed is fairly slim so it just goes to show how small the world can be when you are concerned for someone.
If you have a spare dollar or two, (yes, you would be surprised how far a dollar goes there), and have the chance to make a donation, please do knowing that these lovely people who are some of the worlds poorest, are suffering tremendously.