Subsidiary NRS Relief makes a difference to 300 nuns in Nepal3 Aug 2015
100 days after the devastating earthquake, life is looking up at a remote Nepalese monastery
TODAY marks 100 days since the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal, taking nearly 9,000 lives and destroying more than 600,000 houses. NRS International‘s subsidiary, NRS Relief, the global leader in core relief items for the humanitarian sector, recently witnessed its multi-purpose tents being put to inspirational use at the prominent Amitabha monastery in Nepal, making a difference to the lives of 300 nuns.
Since the first earthquake struck on 25 April, NRS Relief has worked around the clock to assist global aid agencies and international non-governmental organisations with the much needed aid essentials. NRS Relief has supplied a total of 2,000 family tents and multi-purpose shelters, 20,000 tarpaulins, 40,000 water containers, 10,000 thermal blankets, 21,000 mosquito nets, and 10,000 solar lights for use in the Nepalese community.
In this very rewarding case of supplying emergency shelters to the Nepalese monastery, NRS Relief worked closely with Bairo Ling Australia, a non-governmental organisation that is helping the Amitabha Monastery and other affected families to rebuild damaged homes.
An important centre for Tibetan buddhism
The Amitabha Monastery, set high in the mountains surrounding the Kathmandu valley, is an important centre for Tibetan Buddhism. It is home to approximately 300 nuns, who have made the journey all the way to Nepal from remote places such as Tibet, Ladakh, Bhutan and Sikkim in order to practice their philosophy at Amitabha.
The major earthquakes in April and May 2015 caused much suffering and despair across Nepal, yet thankfully no injuries were reported at the monastery. However the quake’s intensity made much of the facility structurally unsound and uninhabitable and this resulted in many nuns being unable to return to their accommodation.
Making life more bearable
“The Legend™ series tents which we supplied for the monastery are now making life more bearable for the nuns on this remote mountaintop,” said Farhaj Sarwar, Managing Director of NRS Relief. “We are happy to know that our tents are keeping them warm and dry despite the monsoon rain.”
The multi-purpose tents have been specifically designed to offer a wide range of potential uses in any emergency situation, and in addition to accommodation can act as a school, office, clinic or storage unit. Already in use around the world, the tents cope with any environment and protect against heat, cold, wind, dust and insects.
A cosy new home
“Each tent is providing the nuns with a cosy new home in these most difficult of circumstances,” said Kellie Simone of Bairo Ling Australia.“We have even installed carpet and lighting to make them as comfortable as possible. Each tent also has an electricity socket where they plug in an electric mosquito oil burner at night. It has all worked out so well, and His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and all the nuns are very happy and appreciative of their new shelters. I would like to thank the NRS Relief team for its dedication and diligence in getting our shipments delivered here so quickly after the disaster.”
Complete reconstruction and renovation of the Amitabha Monastery is expected to be completed in the next two years. Until then, NRS Relief will continue to work hand-in-hand with Bairo Ling Australia to safeguard the well-being of the nuns.
About NRS Relief
For decades, NRS Relief has been committed to delivering a wide range of core relief items and multi-purpose shelters to the international humanitarian community. NRS Relief, a subsidiary of NRS International, aims to ensure rapid response to crisis situations through its innovative products that are fully compliant with the highest standards of international aid organisations. From family tents to kitchen sets, NRS Relief’s innovative products are manufactured by H. Sheikh Noor-ud-Din & Sons, a family-owned production facility in Pakistan which employs 7,000 skilled workers, including women. By facilitating the goods transport by air, sea and land, as well as providing 24/7 assistance and delivery, NRS Relief ensures the most reliable service in the relief industry. For more information, visit www.nrsrelief.com.
About Bairo Ling Autralia
Bairo Ling Australia supports the activities of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa and his father His Eminence Bairo Rinpoche. Together they spearhead charitable projects from green schools to medical clinics. His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa is an environmentalist, educator, advocate of cultural preservation, champion of women and the head of the Drukpa Lineage, one of the main Buddhist schools of the Himalayas with a 1,000-year-old legacy. His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa was recently awarded the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Honor, followed by the Green Hero Award presented by the former president of India, Pratibha Patil. The Gyalwang Drukpa sits on the Earth Awards Selection Committee with Jane Goodall and Richard Branson.