The earthquakes in Nepal have made villages which were accessible by foot now only be reached by air. Daniel from United Vision Nepal (UVN) explains how they are using MAF to bring relief.
He said: “The big thing for the Nepalis is the emotional healing from the scarring that they have had. The memory is so fresh in their minds from two weeks ago.”
The area UVN have been focusing on is in the Gorkha district near the Tibetan border where the settlements are between 2,000 and 3,000 metres above sea level. In good weather, and without catastrophic tectonic plate movement, those are visits that require a week of walking.
Daniel said: 'Since the earthquake, you can’t walk there now. That’s the reality. There is no way there by foot and the mule trains I don’t think can even make it through and the rivers come and you can’t cross them with the bridges broken down. The only way there is by air, so we are very thankful for MAF.
'We’re very encouraged to be able to take lots of supplies and at the same time take our staff members there to build relationships with those communities we have been working amongst these past few years and at the same time we are meeting new communities. I just pray those staff will be a blessing right now to those people who have lost everything.'
MAF is co-ordinating flights in Nepal which are, on average, taking off of landing every 18 minutes during daylight hours.