Saturday, June 19, 2010

Update on situation in Yushu

Norling Library Opening Ceremony in July 2007
Norling Library after the earthquake.
Though standing proud, it is structurally damaged 100%

I read in one of the blogs that electricity has yet to be restored in Yushu and I was a little worried. That means to say my handphone will not get charged once the battery runs out and I will be out of communicado with my family members in Malaysia. I quickly went in search for my “portable phone charger”, a gift from Hong Kong Bank. This charger has multiple adaptors to fit any Nokia phones and it runs on 4 AAA batteries. I excitedly fix the batteries and put my phone to charge but ALAS, it isn’t working. The red indicator light is on but the bars on the phone isn’t moving. Da ga-re je-go yo-na (now what shall I do).

I was informed by Minam Rinpoche today that I will be living in a tent in Yushu on the grounds of old Norling Library. I quickly checked the temperatures – night temperature is around 7 degrees Centigrade. And living in a tent! I rummaged through my home collections to get my sleeping bag out. And some long johns too. And a good Pashmina shawl. In all my travels to winter-lands I never had to pack so much.

All done and with a pat on my back I decided t o check if the Chengdu travel agent has confirmed my flight from Chengdu to Xining and also the hotel accommodation too. Yes, all in place. And I spent some time browsing through the net when I chance upon this article. So there will be electricity after all and my handphone batteries will get charged and the camera batteries too. Minam Rinpoche is one of the beneficiaries of the Catholic Social Services and he now has a generator at the library grounds

HONG KONG (UCAN) — Catholic relief workers are cooperating with Tibetan Buddhist lamas to bring relief aid to the earthquake victims in Qinghai province.

By the end of April, the joint operations had delivered five electricity generators and 30 tons of fresh vegetables to Yushu county, the center of the damage from the quake.

One of the beneficiaries of the aid, Venerable Minam Rinpoche, 44, a lama who runs a four-story library near the epicenter of the quake said he was touched by the interreligious cooperation.

It was “opening a new page in history,” he told Hebei Faith Press, a sister organization of Catholic social services group Jinde.

He hoped to see further cooperation that would enhance friendship between Catholics and Buddhists as well as between ethnic Han and Tibetans.

“As the disaster area has no electricity yet, we have encountered difficulties in daily life such as using mobile phones and computers. The generator can really help our library a lot,” Rinpoche said.

His library, which opened in 2007, was severely damaged when 90 percent of the town’s buildings were collapsed. However, all 50,000 books and scriptures of Buddhist, Christian and other religions remained intact, he said.

Even before the joint work with the Buddhists, Catholic social service groups were banding together to bring relief to survivors of the April 14 quake.

The Relief Office, jointly set up by the Shijiazhuang-based Jinde Charities and the Catholic Social Services Center of Xi’an diocese, sent a 2,000-kilowatt electricity generator to a resettlement zone on April 28 to solve the survivors’ lighting problem.

After discussions with Buddhist lamas and workers, the office donated another four generators to Buddhist institutions in Yushu – the library, a temple, an orphanage and an institute for higher education.


Lai SW said...

Log Yo..Hm..that's good news. Much thanks to the Catholics Service Group hor. With the lbrary collection of books safe also means you won't need to carry another copy of the Koran there, again. :)

InnerJourney said...

Log yoe. For a moment I was wondeering what you were trying to say and I thought it was a typo error. Now I am trying to figure out what about and where to bathe, etc. Creatures of comfort going into the wilderness. No worries, I suppose I will be able to cope. Cross the bridge when I come to it. Meantime enjoy the countdown moments of this trip

lazyclouds said...

:) i am certain you will cope as a creature of the high plains. Your grandchildren would one day say, "wow my popo did that!?!" :)