From 17th to 24th August, a team of Live To Love members from Malaysia and UK embarked on a Relief and Aid mission to Ladakh. They visited villages and school affected by the flood and mudslide, surveyed various relief camps to assess their needs and attended several meetings organised by the Disaster Coordinator for NGOs to better understand the situation.
With the guidance of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, the team has drawn up a plan to help Ladakh in the following manner:-
RELIEF & AID
Of the fund raised in the initial stage, Rps5million (USD100k) was earmarked for immediate relief & aid. Part of this fund will be used to procure gas supply and stove for the affected families in various villages and camps. Distribution was made on 22 August, 1 & 2 September whereby approximately 300 families have received the contributions. Balance of the fund will be used for procuring some essential supplies or be given as cash contribution where necessary.
REBUILDING & REPAIRING THE WHITE LOTUS SCHOOL
The White Lotus School is one of the projects by Live To Love under the directive of EDUCATION. The mudslide which flowed through the school caused widespread damages and made it one of the worst hit schools in that region. The rebuilding and repairing is indeed crucial as students are now studying in very constrained and difficult conditions. Funds raised will be used for the repairing and replacing the damaged furniture and fixtures, reconstructing infrastructures (roads, pipes, wirings, and etc.) & building structures and constructing boundary walls for protection.
The school is prepared to take up to 100 displaced children whom have lost their parents or homes, providing them with free education and accommodation. In order to cope with the new intake, the school needs to construct new residential blocks, new classrooms and hiring more staffs.
CONTINUING EFFORTS IN EDUCATION
Only 0.0006% of Ladakh's 92,000 sq km of total land area is covered by vegetation. According to the Department of Conservation and Forestry in Ladakh, the impact of the recent calamity that took many lives and affected the livelihood of many families could have been reduced had there been more vegetation. As such, we are driving a campaign to plant a million trees in strategic locations in Ladakh where landslides and erosion can be arrested, and where livelihood can be immediately restored through employment at the various plantation sites.
We have prepared a booklet titled
Bringing Smiles Back To Ladakh (in pdf format)
which contains information and pictorial illustration of the disaster as well as our Relief & Rebuilding plans and the estimated costs.
"Bringing Smiles Back To Ladakh" is an important commitment that can only be achieved with your support and involvement. The natural calamity, never before experienced, has taken Ladakh at least 5 years backward. Reconstruction of buildings, and more so, reinstalling confidence, will take many years. We invite you to join all of us at Live To Love to bring back lots of smiles, happiness, joy and confidence to Ladakh, one of the last remaining havens of Himalayan culture. Help Live to Love raise US$3,000,000 to give the people of Ladakh a hope for tomorrow.
You can channel your donation to any of the following accounts:-
||LIVE TO LOVE CHARITABLE
2002 Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-8206-8886 Fax: 852-8206-8883
PERSATUAN PENGANUT AGAMA BUDDHA
DRUK THARPA CHOLING, PULAU PINANG
19 Love Lane 10200 Georgetown Penang
Tel: 604-2628868 Fax:604-2628280
|Name Of Bank
||The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
||United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd|
||No. 1 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
||Lebuh Bishop Branch 64E-H Lebuh Bishop, 10200 Penang, Malaysia|
Please specify Donation as :
LADAKH DISASTER RELIEF & REBUILDING FUND