Nepal—One Year After the Devastating Earthquake

Press Release ( - Nepal, India - Apr 29, 2016 - A massive earthquake struck Nepal just before noon on April 25, 2015, killing more than 8,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The temblor and its many aftershocks destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and many of the nation’s historic and religious treasures, creating an estimated $10 billion in damage and leaving the entire population devastated.

In the days that followed the earthquake, the international community and civil society responded, pledging more than $4.1 billion. And search and rescue and relief workers began flying into Kathmandu to help the country recover.

Equipped with effective technology to resolve virtually any difficulty, Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: “No matter the problem, something can be done about it.”

Within hours of the cataclysm, Mr. Binod Sharma, in charge of the Nepal Volunteer Minister, mobilized hundreds of Volunteer Minister-trained Scouts to clear roads and assist the search and rescue teams.

Volunteer Ministers from around the world traveled to the country including the legendary Mexican search and rescue team Los Topos and National Circle of Aid Technicians of Colombia, CINAT—both groups are partners of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. Doctors and nurses from Pakistan, India and Australia arrived and provided urgently needed medical care.

Teams of Volunteer Ministers distributed food in outlying areas and provided support to search and rescue teams. “We provided food to more than 20,000 people in the villages of Sindhupalchok, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Dhading, Nuwakot and Lalitpur,” says Sharma.

With monsoon season approaching, the need for shelter was crucial. Under the direction of civil engineer Tarun Ranjandutta, teams of Volunteer Ministers traveled to remote villages to build temporary homes, shelters and schools—an activity that continues to this day.

So many people lost their homes and possessions and suffered the loss of loved ones. And word of mouth spread that the Scientology Volunteer Ministers could help with Scientology assists, techniques developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that address the emotional and spiritual factors in stress and trauma.

Once the immediate disaster phase was over, a permanent Scientology Volunteer Ministers center was established in Kathmandu to train the hundreds of new volunteers wishing to set up Volunteer Ministers groups in their villages. Every week teams of volunteers travel to the nation’s capital to train and bring the Volunteer Ministers technology home to their communities.

Expressly intended for use by Scientologists and non-Scientologists alike, anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities.  And all are welcome to do so.

Equipped with effective technology to resolve virtually any difficulty, Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: “No matter the problem, something can be done about it.” 

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