Local nonprofit helping children in Nepal

May 4, 2015 8:08 PM by Charlene Cheng

A week after the biggest natural disaster to rock Nepal in decades, the fear still lingers for the 30 abandoned children cared for by Redding-based organization Friends of Indreni.

"They're very traumatized. Right now, they choose to not to sleep if there's a roof over their head, because there's so many tremors," President/Founder Maria Escosa-Emmerson said.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake left the children without a home.

Ram Hari, the director of the Indreni Home, posted a message on his Facebook page the day after, saying "We are in still dangerous state all shops are close all survived people are sleeping in the street."

"We did not hear from them for three days. So not knowing where they were, how they were, was really frightening," Escosa-Emmerson said.

She started the non-profit in 2009.

She's staying in Redding to raise funds to rebuild the home, and she says she's proud of how the children have stepped up during hard times.

"For the last three days, they've been going out into the rural areas and helping remove some of the debris, spreading the little that they have, food-wise, sharing it," Escosa-Emmerson said.

News is coming in that with the roads closed, water and food are slowly running out, but these young residents are keeping their spirits high.

If you'd like information on how to help, you can check out the Friends of Indreni website here.


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