Food for Life Nepal – 40,000 meals served so far
Kathmandu, Nepal – April 29, 2015 — Food for Life Nepal again got the opportunity to serve the needy in Kathmandu. Volunteers are doing all they can to reach as many people as possible, despite the challenging conditions. Teams are taking turns to cook and distribute hot vegan meals in shifts. “The meals are fresh and nutritious and the volunteers are putting in a full effort to service the victims,” reports Ram Tulasi das from Bhaktipur.
“The more funds we can raise, the more we can serve these people! Please keep sharing your love, care and prayers to the people of Nepal. Please donate. Every dollar makes a huge difference. Nothing is too small.”
Food for Life Nepal – a unique example of non-discriminating food relief
ISKCON Nepal president, Rama Hari Das reports: “In Sankhu (16 km from Kathmandu), the houses along the road had been destroyed. The debris lay along the pavement of the road. There, the people were without food and shelter. When FFL volunteers went around distributing prasadam (blessed vegan meals), the people were highly appreciative of the non-discriminatory work done. They praised how this should be the standard for those who were willing to lend a helping hand. Anyone from any religious background or political background or any caste was freely given a healthy portion of prasadam. Upon inquiry, it was found that earlier members of the political parties had come to distribute blankets, packaged food and water, but they singled out their cadres and handed relief materials to them.
We have not come across any other organization that has been providing hot meals to the victims of the earthquake.
“As prasadam was being distributed in Patan, the volunteers came across a well-off family. Unfortunately their dwelling suffered extensive damage and were forced to reside on the road. They had ATM cards but the ATM machines were not operational and they had no money; they had to rely on bitten rice (chiura) provided by the relief workers. When the volunteers gave them hot khichadi (vegetables, bean and rice stew) to them, they were very thankful that they were able to get something hot to eat. Most of the relief workers are providing only dry and packaged food. We have not come across any organization that has been providing hot meals to the victims of the earthquake.
“In Gongabu, a litre of water, which costs Rs.20, was priced at Rs.120 at the day of the earthquake and the following day it was priced at Rs.200 and yet there was a shortage of water. The FFL volunteers have been transporting and providing water from their temple to these places where the government has not yet delivered relief.
So far the Food For Life in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur has served 40,000+ plates of hot prasadam in shelters and hospitals.
|Saturday, 25 April||700+||–|
|Sunday, 26 April||5,500+||2,000+|
|Monday, 27 April||10,000+||8,000+|
|Tuesday, 28 April||5,000+||10,000+|
“On Tuesday 28 April, FFL Nepal received 15 doctors from the Bhaktivendanta Hospital, Mumbai, who will be conducting health camps around the affected areas with 20 local doctors. We have also received a supply of 2 tons of grains from our supporters in Kolkata,” he said.
Since the banks in Nepal are not working properly, ISKCON Nepal has set up an emergency relief bank account in Mayapur, India from where money can be collected to support these relief efforts.
US & International Donors
Food for Life Global is collecting funds to support this effort, so if you are a US citizen and would like to get a tax deduction you can donate directly through Food for Life Global via our US partner, A Well-Fed World, and we will be pooling all donations to wire to our affiliates in INDIA.
Or you can wire your donation directly to:
Account Name: ISKCON – Gour Purnima Festival Fund
Bank Name: Axis Bank
Account No. : 237010100071336
Swift Code: Axis INBB 005
Branch : Krishna Nagar Branch
Bank address : 14 M.M. Ghosh Street, Krishna Nagar, West Bengal, India
Type of Account : Savings Account.
Account Name : ISKCON
Bank Name : HDFC Bank
Account No. : 00221000034555
RTGS / IFSC Code: HDFC0000022
Branch : Golpark, Kolkata.
Bank address : 132/A SOUTHERN AVENUE,DR.MEGHNAD SAHA SARANIGOL PARK,
KOLKATA WEST BENGAL700029 *State:* WEST BE
Type of Account : Savings Account.
All Donations paid within India are Tax Exempted under 80/G Section of Income Tax Department, Govt. of India.
After remittance, please email ISKCON Mayapur Nepal Relief Fund: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details to track the remittance:-
1. Name of Donor
2. Country name (for foreign remittances)
3. Date of remittance
4. Amount remitted
5. Swift copy of remittance (for remittance from country other than India, sometimes the amount does not show in our bank account, in such case swift copy of remittance helps bank to trace the amount. If the fund shows up in bank account then this is not required) Swift message is generated by the remitter’s bank when you make payment to our account. Swift message is useful for us to trace the remittance as well to our bank.
Here are our contact numbers for any questions and quiery:
+91 9910576903 – Patri das (Co- Regional Secretary , ISKCON NEPAL) email@example.com
+977 9801205727 – Rupeswor Gour das (ISKCON Kathmandu Temple President) firstname.lastname@example.org
+977 9801080108 – (BBT, Food for Life Director)